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THE MALAY PENINSULA

Sunday 12th August - Thursday 23rd August 2012

Simon Harrap

Gould's Frogmouth (Simon Harrap)

Gould's Frogmouth (Simon Harrap)

The 2012 Birdquest to the Malay Peninsula continued our long run of successful trips to this classic birding destination. At Kuala Selangor we found Mangrove Whistler and Mangrove Blue Flycatcher and had brief views of a Brown-streaked Flycatcher and a Buffy Fish-Owl. At Fraser’s Hill we added Collared Owlet, a great little Mountain Scops Owl, Red-headed and Orange-breasted Trogons, Black-browed and Fire-tufted Barbets, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Long-tailed Broadbill, Black Laughingthrush, Streaked and Pygmy Wren-Babblers, Sultan Tits, the gorgeous Blue Nuthatch, and found peninsula endemics: Malayan Partridge (seen by just a few of the group, unfortunately), Malayan Laughingthrush and Malayan Whistling-Thrush. We had a real treat with a tremendous chorus from a troop of Siamangs and saw two Binturongs grooming each-other high in a tree. Taman Negara was as quiet as I have ever known it: imagine a whole morning in the forest without hearing a barbet, and with just one or two calls from Black-and-yellow Broadbill. Nevertheless, we did well, with stunning Crested Firebacks, Black-thighed Falconet, Lesser Fish Eagle, Large Green Pigeon, Blue-banded, Banded and Rufous-collared Kingfishers, four species of hornbill, Great Slaty Woodpecker (and the trip recorded 15 species of woodpecker in total), Garnet and Banded Pittas, three Broadbills, four hornbills, Black Magpie, the bizarre Crested Jay, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Straw-headed and Grey-bellied Bulbuls and a host of babblers, including Striped and Large Wren-Babblers and the elusive White-necked Babbler. Night-time excursions were productive, with stunning views of a Gould’s Frogmouth and a dapper little Reddish Scops Owl.

Sultan Tit (Simon Harrap)

Sultan Tit (Simon Harrap)