Welcome to a series of blog posts following my visit to Peninsular Malaysia!I've just been fortunate enough to accompany tv zoologist, producer, birder and fellow herper, Nigel Marven on a short tour to explore the diverse wildlife of Peninsular (West) Malaysia. Visiting a country that's so ecologically diverse with such esteemed company is a truly awesome experience and a great honour - thanks for the invite Nigel! The posts that follow will cover our week-long trip, starting with one of the oldest rainforests on earth, Taman Negara and finishing on the cooler montane slopes of Bukit Fraser (or Fraser's Hill) to the Northeast of Kuala Lumpur. Both are birding hot-spots and offer a wide variety of other wildlife too.
Malaysia is home to over 700 species of birds (not to mention it's wealth of mammals, plants, insects, reptiles and amphibians), below is a map to outline the area I've been visiting with Nigel. My trip was to Peninsular (West) Malaysia but Malaysia also occupies part of the island of Borneo to the east.
|Map of Peninsular Malaysia. |
Thailand and Cambodia to the north and Sumatra to the south. It sits in the South China Sea.
|1st winter Asian Glossy Starling, Kuala Lumpur. Taken on my smartphone.|
|Common Mynas were always a bit distant and not as common as |
their Javan cousins.
|A very distant White-throated Kingfisher in the hotel garden|
just before dusk
|Javan Myna, cheeky little birds.|