May 27, 2012

Glimpses of nature in Bkt Kiara Forest

Here are some photos taken whilst trekking through Bkt Kiara Forest with Flintstone. We covered approximately 11 kms of mostly uphill-downhill trails. Started at 11 am, stopped for an hour for lunch and continued till 5.30 pm. Hats off Flinstone for his indepth knowledge of the forest especially the biking tracks and jungle trails, some of which he had a hand at building. Great job Flintstone! Over the past two decades there were about 53 trails built in Bkt. Kiara, but horses from the nearby equestrian club and now the ugly fence have reduce them by at  least a couple of dozen. 

               Photo credit : Special thanks to Flintstone for contributing some of the photos.

                               Exhilarating & invigorating waterfalls 

                                                           The upper fall

                                                             The lower fall

                                               The upper fall from another angle

                               The pool at the lower fall makes for a nice cool dip.

                                         Bull Frog - luv 'em or hate 'em. 😁

                                          Bamboo orchid (Arundina graminifolia

                                    A Greater raquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

                                                     Tadpoles - future Bull Frogs

                                                           Baby Bull Frogs

Stinkhorn or veiled lady(phallus indusiatus)  

                                   Slender Pitcher-Plant (Nepenthes gracilis)

                                          The Lamprigera fire fly larva - glows in the dark. 
                                           Also the world's largest firefly

                                                            An Agamid lizard

                                                        Green-billed Malkoha

                                      A Red-eared Slider terrapin (Trachemys scripta elegans)

                                                          Red Jungle Fowl

                                                           Stream cascade

                                                     Mossy stream and rocks

                                                            Orange Boulder

                                                             From another angle

                     Other mammals, reptilians, birds & others also call Bkt Kiara home

                                                           Plantain Squirrel

                                                            Monitor Lizard

                                                 White-thighed Surili (Presbytis siamensis)

                                                   Oriental Magpie Robin

                                          Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus)

                                           White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

                                                Blue-throated Beeeater (Merops viridis)

                                                                  Dragon Fly

                                                   Drynaria quercifolia fern

                                                    Giant Asplenium Nidis     


  1. Wow! so much life& beauty amongst Bukit Kiara. One has to only stop,watch and breathe to be in touch with the wonder of nature...

  2. I mountain bike at Bukit Kiara regularly, but have yet to come across the mini upper and lower falls. I'll have to hike up the streams one of these days to explore it. Are these mini falls along the stream near the Sungai trail? Thanks.

  3. The giant bird nest fern (Asplenium) are epiphytic needing no soil as they use whatever falls into their nest. The Flintstone's Playground bike trail features some the biggest ones seen on The Hill. Unfortunately a tarmac road will soon be cut from there to the summit, if nothing changes.

  4. The Basket Oak Leaf Fern (Drynaria quercifolia) is not so common at Kiara, but can be found at the end of Apollo / beginning of The Mission trails. Mission is slated to be overlaid with tarmac soon.

  5. The net mushroom has the veil for very short time, like a couple of days. It seems to attract small flies and it really smells bad, like a dead rat. Maybe the flies help spread the spores, as part of the ecologic cycle.

  6. I wonder what is that orange frog. It is very small yet detailed.

  7. Beautiful! Well done! A few comments:

    1. The teh tarik water below the falls is a clear sign of habitat disturbance with exposed soil upstream. Something to watch out for as it kills much of the life in our rivers.

    2. The tortoise appears to be a red-eared slider, which is an American species commonly imported by the pet trade and now established in Malaysian waters. It is a pest that is competing with and may be eliminating local species.

    3. There are three species of leaf monkey or langur in Peninsular Malaysia. This one is the Dusky or Spectacled Langur (Presbytis obscura). In Malay, it is called Cengkong, after its loud call. It is beautiful to see it here. I wish it could be reintroduced to the Kota Damansara Community Forest.

  8. Many thanks for the comments. The photos of the water fall was taken after a heavy downpour; which had caused the water to resemble 'teh tarik' kurang manis or turbid! :-)