Taman Negara National Park - 27 November, 2016Day 4 of my trip to Malaysia with Nigel Marvin and we were off on a early morning boat trip northeast along the Sungai Tahan, a tributary river off the Tembeling River. Our aim was to see more great birds but we particularly wanted to catch up with the not-so-easy-to-see Blue-banded Kingfisher. We didn't have to wait long before a fly-by bird shot past and promptly vanished from sight. Hopefully we would catch up with it later. The Stork-billed Kingfisher on-the-other-hand was far more showy and gave fantastic views as we motored past, closely followed by our first good views of a Lesser Fish Eagle.
|Stork-billed Kingfisher - a bird I've always wanted to see.|
|A shy Lesser Fish Eagle|
|Trees arching across the river.|
|Wilbur in the front...|
|Nigel at the back, enjoying his birthday trip|
|Which just leaves me in the middle.|
Note: It had rained in the night and the trail was very muddy. When it rained it really rained hard...
|This way to the hide...|
|Tabing Trail, leech heaven after the rain.|
|Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, male|
We headed back to the Mutiara for a celebratory Magnum (the ice-cream, not Champagne) and a quick lunch break. Less than 20 minutes into lunch Wilbur came knocking on our doors, he'd just seen a Crested Fireback on the boardwalk to the Tahan Hide! A few expletives later and I was running for the boardwalk. A bare-foot Nigel who'd been enjoying his lunch break when forced to scramble, wasn't far behind us but despite a thorough search of the boardwalk it had vanished back into the jungle. We decided to recoup and meet at the hide to continue with the afternoon's birding.
|Giant Millipede - 12 inches long|
|Clouded Monitor Varanus nebulosus|
|Brown-throated Sunbird, female|
|Chocolate Soldier butterfly|
|The very pretty Red Harlequin|
|Unusual Trilobite Beetle, 2 inches long|
|Enormous winged tree seed - bigger than the average Sycamore!|
|Asian Elephant footprint. Saw plenty of damage where|
they'd been and heard them in the distance but never saw one.
|Bamboo thicket on the Canopy Walkway trail.|
|Me next to a giant Tetrameles nudiflora.|
The roots form enormous buttresses around the base.
|Poor record shot of the female Buff-necked Woodpecker|
|Purple-naped Spiderhunter, female.|
She was happily bathing in the hollowed out stump
about 5ft away from us.
With the four of us in the back and a guy on the roof operating a large spotlight, we set off to various locations around the outskirts of the town. First stop was for a pair of Barn Owls closely followed by a Common Civet and then a Slow Loris! Things were looking good - none of us had expected too much from this but we were pleasantly surprised. As the vehicle did a U-turn to move off, a Leopard Cat could be seen sitting a bout 5 meters away just staring at us! It suddenly realised that it was in the spotlight and ran off into the scrub. By the end of the evening we had amassed 2 Leopard Cats, 2 Slow Loris, 2 Red Giant Flying Squirrels and a number of Grey Nightjars, who seemed to prefer the rocky banks close to the road.
What a great way to finish the day.