Day 3, Taman Negara National Park - 26 November 2016
|Map showing the area around the Mutiara Resort, Taman Negara|
|Every morning we were greeted by Oriental Magpie Robins, |
easily the commonest bird.
|Proper rainforest. The clouds could descend one minute |
only to vanish again the next.
|Everything near the river floats, even the restaurants.|
|Brief views of a Black Hornbill - 1st tick of the day!|
Although the birding was slow to begin with it soon started to pick up with species such as Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Raffles's and Black-bellied Malkoha, Yellow-bellied and Gray-cheeked Bulbul and the amazing Black-and-yellow Broadbill. However the bird we were all after (but didn't expect to see) was the Crested Jay. We had three of these magnificent birds, with there machine gun like calls and huge crests, flying around us and occasionally, though briefly, showing well - unusual for this notoriously difficult species. This wasn't the most difficult bird of the day though - that title goes to the Large Wren Babbler, a very elusive, skulker which took ages to show. All the more satisfying when you've seen it though.
|Pair of Yellow-bellied Bulbuls|
|Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo|
|Difficult terrain to bird in. After a few days of this|
you get lots of stiff necks.
|Progress is not helped by this - rattan is a constant reminder|
that you have to keep your eyes open on the trails or
you get a very nasty surprise.
|Around 150ft tall these enormous trunks drive|
straight up before leafy branches reach out from
the very tops.
|Campsite at Mutiara Taman Negara|
|Malayan Baron looking a bit worse for wear|
|The boardwalk towards Lubok Simpon|
|A pair of Black and Red Broadbills hiding in the canopy|
|Lubok Simpon - Blue-banded Kingfisher territory.|