Monday, November 13, 2017

Trio of Bulbuls and more at Maxwell Hill Taiping Perak

Three different bulbul species feeding in the fruiting tree at the foothills of Maxwell Hill, Taiping, Perak - this is definitely a rare sight for me. The Red-eyed, Scaly-breasted and Gray-bellied formed the bulbul trios and together with the Crimson-breasted flowerpecker, Sooty Barbet and Red-throated barbet, they made this tree come alive with their musical notes whilst busily gobbling up the juicy fruits. This was the final location in Taiping that Swee Peng and myself birded at, post Taiping Bird Week 2017 - we had a good time observing these avian beauties that Sunday afternoon. Our birdwatching session at this part of the foothills was interrupted by the big fat drops of rain. We bade farewell to the bulbuls, leafbirds and flowerpeckers, as we headed back to Taiping Lake Gardens for our afternoon hot beverages before departing Taiping for Kuala Lumpur. Birdwatching in the great outdoors of Taiping Lake Gardens, Maxwell Hill and Kuala Sepetang during Taiping Bird Week 2017 was such a welcome break from the fast pace of life in KL. Maxwell Hill foothills birds seen have been recorded in eBird Malaysia and can be viewed at

I have to accept the fact that not all of my family members and not all of my friends and office colleagues will appreciate birds as much as I do......which is what makes this cartoon strip below on Birdwatching and Tools, Food and What NOT to bring when watching birds so relevant, funny and useful at the same time.


  1. Travel is enriching as shared with Marina Mahathir at - am looking forward to see lifers in the New World.

  2. Local daily Sinar Harian highlighted Taiping Bird Week 2017 organized by Taiping Municipal Council at

  3. Future of Straw-Headed Bulbul looks bleak at

  4. Maxwell Hill also known as Bukit Larut, oldest hill station in Malaysia

  5. Ipoh is near to Taiping, Sunway Lost World of Tambun:)


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