Thursday, 8 March 2012

Peninsular Malaysia Extension

Moved on to Malaysia and headed north to Kuala Selangor, stopping en-route at a park where we quickly located a pair of fabulous Barred Eagle-owls perched in some tall trees beside the path. After checking-in to our hotel we drove the short distance to Kuala Selangor Nature Park and walked out towards the mangroves. Along the canal, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Golden-bellied Gerygone and the first of many Laced Woodpeckers were spotted, along with a tiny Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker. Ashy Tailorbirds were numerous here and gave fantastic views before we headed along the concrete boardwalk through some dense Mangrove habitat. A Mangrove Blue Flycatcher performed well, along with Mangrove Whistler, Pied Triller and a migrating Yellow-rumped Flycatcher. Groups of Pink-necked Green-pigeons were flying in to roost, along with Common and Javan Mynas, whilst Brahminy Kites and a Peregrine Falcon soared overhead. Around the lake both Black-capped and Collared Kingfishers were showing well. Other species present included Intermediate Egret, Little Heron, Common and Greater Flamebacks, Arctic Warbler, Asian Glossy Starling, House Swallow, Grey Tit, and lots of Edible-nest Swiftlets. After dinner we spent several hours owling and came up trumps with 2 Buffy Fish-owls, a Spotted Wood-owl and 2 Barn Owls despite the rain to round off a great day’s birding.

Barred Eagle-owl (female)

Barred Eagle-owl (male)

Ashy Tailorbird

Mangrove Blue Flycatcher

Laced Woodpecker

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