West Malaysia birding trip 217 March 2002
Photos of birding sites

See also report

John van der Woude  -  www.jvanderw.nl 

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tjtuangarden.jpg (25562 bytes) The yearly raptor watch at Tanjung Tuan, at the hotel grounds of Ilham resort.
raptorthermal.jpg (8052 bytes) Oriental Honey-Buzzard is the main species seen at the raptor watch. Here they find a new thermal, after having crossed the Strait of Malacca.
gapoldroad.jpg (26903 bytes) The lush tropical hill forest at the Gap, where the Old Road comes down from Fraser's Hill.
tahanflrest.jpg (29207 bytes) Tembeling river as seen from the Taman Negara resort. Floating restaurants in front of Tahan village. The little boats cross the river all the time, for only half a ringit per person.
jmudatrail.jpg (37726 bytes) At the start of the Jenet Muda trail in Taman Negara national park. Although this may be the worst part of this trail, easy walks in Taman Negara are rare.
tahanriverforest.jpg (28460 bytes) Taman Negara NP, forest opening at Tahan river, c. 300 m from the resort.
raubswallows.jpg (28442 bytes) Barn Swallow roost next door to the peculiar chinese restaurant of Raub, the first city behind The Gap.
raubview.jpg (19375 bytes) Sunday morning market at Raub, as seen from our hotel room.
raubmarketstall.jpg (30152 bytes) A very decent market, rather different from what we were used in South America.
gapraubrd.jpg (36698 bytes) Along the road between Raub and The Gap. Promising foothill forest, and right here (crossing of a forest stream) we had Slaty-backed Forktail and Whiskered Treeswift. See text report for location details.
newroadmist.jpg (26717 bytes) New Road between The Gap and Fraser's Hill, at Km 4 approximately. One of the rare times we had a bit of mist, but in less dry periods this should be normal. Barbets and hornbills.
olroadview.jpg (37719 bytes) One of the few vast views over the forest along the Old Road from Fraser's Hill to The Gap, at c. 1 km above The Gap, next to the only trail (left of the photo). Great Hornbill was busy all the time in the emerging trees in front of the last hill.
ksmacaques.jpg (22253 bytes) Long-tailed Macaque in the dry coastal forest of Kuala Selangor reserve. Several families together, and rather tame.
ksmarsh.jpg (25195 bytes) The Open marsh of Kuala Selangor reserve, as seen from the hide at the end of the main trail. Watercock was in the foreground.
tkricefields.jpg (24632 bytes) Sawah Sempadan, the small-scale rice fields East of Tanjung Karang (N of K. Selangor). Brown Shrike was in the bush left. Several Cinnamon Bittern and Chinese Pond-Heron in these fields.
tkmudflats.jpg (22112 bytes) Rare point of access to the coastal mudflats, West of Tj. Karang. A true show here of waders which are rare back home: Mongolian Plover (dozens), Terek Sandpiper (a dozen), Marsh Sandpiper (a dozen). Also our rarest bird of the trip: a Nordmann's Greenshank.
brinchangrd.jpg (22674 bytes) The low forest near the top of the Brinchang mountain in the Cameron Highlands: White-tailed Robin, Golden-throated Barbet, Rufous-vented Niltava, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Snowy-browed Flycatcher.
brinchangtea.jpg (27605 bytes) Tea gardens along the road to the Brinchang mountain.
paritfallstrail.jpg (35954 bytes) Lush forest near the Parit falls in Cameron Highlands.