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Sunday 6th July - Monday 21st July 2014
Our recent tour to Peninsular Malaysia served up a fine selection of Sundaic specialities and more widespread tropical Asian species. The coast at Kuala Selangor gave us Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Mangrove Whistler and a fine Buffy Fish Owl while the attractive montane forests at Fraser’s Hill held the critically endangered Malaysian Whistling Thrush plus many other delights such as Blue Nuthatches, Red-headed Trogons, Long-tailed Broadbills, Streaked Wren-babblers, Collared Babblers, Black Laughingthrushes and Long-tailed Sibias. An extended stay at the fabled Taman Negara then gave us a multitude of exciting lowland forest species including splendid Malayan Banded and Garnet Pittas, Malayan Peacock Pheasant, Crested Firebacks, Black-thighed Falconets, Large Green Pigeons, Blue-banded Kingfisher, Straw-headed Bulbul and Olive-backed Woodpecker but the highlight for those who connected was a pair of Rail-babblers that crossed the trail right in front of us. An extension to Panti Forest Reserve gave us outstanding views of a displaying Rail-babbler plus Malaysian Eared Nightjar, Rufous-collared and Rufous-backed Kingfisher and Crested Partridges while mangroves nearby produced excellent views of a Mangrove Pitta. The tour logistics ran smoothly and the weather was mostly fine and sunny.