Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cloudy Afternoon at Taman Rimba Ampang

Blue-winged Leafbird with its distinctive blue shoulder patch. More of a bluish tinge. Seen on a cloudy Saturday afternoon at Taman Rimba Ampang. Took me around half an hour to reach this recreational forest from KL, via Ampang toll. This recreational forest is described as Lowland Dipterocarp Forest according to Tourism Selangor's website which is available here.
It perched on this branch for few precious minutes, flying across the road from opposite embankment.
Blue, green, yellow hues of this leafbird were very striking. Could see the black facial mask when it turns it head to the right.

Solitary Brahminy Kite perched on the tree within the Syabas Water Refinery compound. There was an interesting-looking trail not far from the water refinery. Denizens of this forest included the long-tailed macaque below. There was also a lizard that looks more like a chameleon. It sat so still on the dead log, across the stream that it took me quite some time to re-spot it through my bins. Many swifts flying about the recreational forest especially at the entrance area, where construction on the controversial East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) had started. 

I had to drive right up to this Syabas water refinery in order to reach much clearer stream with knee-deep water. Blue-banded Kingfisher has been seen here in Taman Rimba Ampang. No sight of it that Saturday evening when I left at around 6.45pm. 



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