Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Wonderful Sunday morning at Sri Berkat bungalow. We witnessed a bird wave just outside the bungalow. Resident birds of Fraser Hill came to feed on the insects that were strewn all over the car porch and roofs. This included the Verditer Flycatcher which I've never had the privilege to observe at such a distance. The Verditer literally flew from the rooftop, landed on the cemented pavement and hopped right up to give us a quick glance. Distinct black mask across the eyes of this flycatcher.
The Verditer with its insect catch of the day. Time for breakfast!
Flying down from the roof to take a closer look at the occupants of the bungalow.
The Silver-Eared Mesia was also part of the bird wave that morning. A flock was seen foraging in the pine trees before one flew onto the roof below, showing off its prominent silver ear. Such a pretty bird this Mesia, with its colourful plumage of orange, silver, black and red. The Mesia is an iconic resident bird of Fraser Hill, featured prominently in the promotional materials of hotels and inns. Somehow, not seeing it when in Fraser Hill makes the trip incomplete for me:)
Silver-eared Mesia with its insect breakfast below:-
Mesia perched on the hose below:-
Birds had a buffet spread of insects at compounds of Seri Berkat that morning. We were very lucky to witness this bird wave literally "in our doorsteps" since many of us were getting ready to head out and look for the Wedge-Tailed Pigeon at High Pines. Sunday free and easy birdwatching for us member of the Wild Bird Club of Malaysia after having concluded a joint event with the Fraser Hill Community Library, the day before.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Fraser Hill, the Little England of Malaysia (the place which rekindled my love for birdwatching) was the destination point for the Wild Bird Club of Malaysia's first outreach program. It was a joint event with Fraser Hill Community Library, on 11th June 2016. The second day, 12th June was all about the birds. Maye and myself went around Fraser Hill after early morning spent at Seri Berkat admiring the birds that flocked outside the bungalow, feeding on the insects that were on the roofs and walls of the bungalow, as well as on the tarred road, and all over my car. We went looking for the Wedge-tailed (Green) Pigeon but it didn't show up that morning. We continued birdwatching along Jalan Lady Maxwell, the Old Gap Road before making one last unscheduled birding stop at Richmond Bungalow. Both Maye and myself saw some of the best birds at this last stop.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
A flock of long-tailed parakeets flew over us as my physio buddy, Jules and myself reached the Shah Alam Botanical Gardens that Sunday, 5th June morning at 7.20am. It was a really good birdwatching start to the day to see this vocal flock of parakeets. Once we reached the entrance of the Botanical Gardens, a few parakeets landed in this tree to feed on the fruits. Their lovely green plumage blended with the colour of the leaves. Could see pinkish sides of their face and beak, as they deftly walked on the branches. The male long-tailed parakeet had much brighter pink on their face.
Long blue tail streaming out from the green body of the long-tailed parakeet above. Busy having their breakfast of fruits from this tree. Can just make out the parakeet's head below as it was busily plucking away at the fruits.
The Shah Alam Botanical Gardens website is worth visiting. Surprised to find out that there is public swimming pool inside the Gardens and fee charged is RM3 per adult and RM1 per child.
Shah Alam Botanical Gardens birdwatching outing was organized by the Selangor Bird Group of the Malaysian Nature Society. We were led by Mr. Andy Lee, Mr Mark Ng, Mr Lee Keen Seong and Mr Low Kok Hen. Walk started at 7,30am and ended at 10am, with total of 30 bird species seen and recorded during that time. Jules and I left for our brunch at the Plaza Shah Alam Shopping Mall by 11am. It was unbearably hot at that time - the air-conditioning inside the Plaza was a welcome relief. Note to self - there is a Pelita Nasi Kandar restaurant at a well-hidden corner of the Plaza.