Saturday, 10 March 2012

Fraser's Hill

Inevitably the birding was a little slower than yesterday, but was nevertheless full of quality with a number of sought-after species found. We began at a stake-out for Mountain Peacock-pheasant which failed to show but we more than made up for that with a Silver-breasted Broadbill that came in very close. As we looked at this little beauty a pair of Greater Yellownapes flew in and gave us good comparisons with the Lesser Yellownape we’d seen earlier. Then we began walking along the road to the Waterfall Trail, the road being closed to traffic due to a landslide. This turned out to be a good move as we initially heard and then a few of the group managed to see a Ferruginous Partridge after a lengthy search. We also had Hill Blue Flycatcher, male Red-headed Trogon, Ferruginous Flycatcher and Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, and Ian managed to spot a Spectacled Spiderhunter as well. After lunch we drove around to The Gap and slowly walked uphill for a few kilometres. This resulted in decent views of a pair of Checker-throated Woodpeckers performing in the roadside trees, as well as Orange-breasted Trogon, Silver-rumped Needletail a gang of 4 Dusky Broadbills, Javan Cuckooshrike, Ashy Bulbul and Arctic Warbler. A couple of calling Marbled Wren-babblers remained invisible despite us putting quite some time in for them, and we also heard a Red-bearded Bee-eater as well before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Dusky Broadbill

Silver-breasted Broadbill

Silver-eared Mesia

Long-tailed Sibia

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