Genting Highlands: Gambling? Birding!

When: April 2015                         Weather: Cool  20C

Leica M240/35 summilux,   Sony A55/70-400

In Kuala Lumpur for a meeting, managed to eke out some time on sunday to go birding with an old chum and some birding enthusiasts. Setting off at 6am from KLCC area, we arrived in good time around 645, to be greeted by the warm glow of a mistless montane morning…though prepared for a cold morning it was just comfortably cool and there was no need for a jacket…

sunrise over genting highlands

sunrise over genting highlands

gentle dawn shades over the range

gentle dawn shades over the range

As the sun rose and the light came up, we drove beyond the gambling resort and up a little road towards the radar station….where we spent the morning. We walked up the little path on the left of the gate….

the gate at the radar station

the gate at the radar station: no photography???   Not a chance…

The Rufous Fulvetta was active...

The Rufous Fulvetta was active…

The Chestnut Crowned Laughing Thrush, now known as the Malayan Laughing Thrush was common, as it is in Frasers Hill

The Chestnut Crowned Laughing Thrush, now known as the Malayan Laughing Thrush was common, as it is in Frasers Hill

the chestnut crowned LT has olive colouring on the wings and a dark beak

the chestnut crowned LT has olive colouring on the wings and a dark beak

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the chestnut capped LT also appeared: grey body and red beak distinguishes from chestnut crowned LT

the chestnut capped LT also appeared: grey body and red beak distinguishes from chestnut crowned LT

Streaked Wren Babbler

Streaked Wren Babbler

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looking for breakfast

looking for breakfast

and finding it

and finding it

the vista of the main range was spectacular

the vista of the main range was spectacular as the day brightened

Mountain Leaf Warbler

Mountain Leaf Warbler

Moth for breakfast!

Moth for breakfast!

Juvenile Large Niltava with specking on the breast

Juvenile Large Niltava with specking on the breast

close up

close up

And this male siberian male robin peeked shyly out

And this male siberian blue robin peeked shyly out

female siberian blue robin

I had shot the female siberian blue robin in singapore a couple of months ago….

star bird of the morning: the white browed flycatcher

star bird of the morning: the white browed flycatcher

Also enjoying his meal

Also enjoying his meal

Only managed this poor silhouette shot of the mountain bulbuls

Only managed this poor silhouette shot of the mountain bulbuls with their punk hairdos

the long tailed sibia is common in malaysian montane regions

the long tailed sibia is common in malaysian montane regions

Sibia grabbing a moth...

Sibia grabbing a moth…

Shaking   the moth in a cloud of powder

Shaking the moth in a cloud of powder

white throated fantail

white throated fantail

the wonderful colours of the golden throated barbet

the wonderful colours of the golden throated barbet

and just as we left, a few oriental magpie robins appeared

and just as we left, a few oriental magpie robins appeared

On the way down, we stopped at the coffee shops in Gohtong Jaya where the curry noodles were excellent and made a detour to have a look at another patch of forest in Tanarimba where we saw the Crested Serpent Eagle..

Crested Serpent Eagle perched on a lamppost

Crested Serpent Eagle perched on a lamppost

raising its crest

raising its crest

and majestically taking off

and majestically taking off

6 thoughts on “Genting Highlands: Gambling? Birding!

  1. Beautiful shots, Ron. Did you go to the Awana Longhouse or were you at the Awana-Old Pump House Road? It does look like a very productive trip for you. Congrats!

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