Birding Meru Valley Resort, Ipoh, Malaysia

Birding Meru Valley Resort, Ipoh, Malaysia

When: October 2018               Weather:  Warm, 24-30C

Nikon P900

I usually stay in the city centre for proximity to the coffee shops when returning to my hometown of Ipoh in northern Malaysia for family events but this time I decided to stay a little out of town in the district of Jelapang, about 20 minutes away.  There is a golf resort called the Meru Valley Resort which is set amongst the verdant hills of the Kinta Valley and I thought I might get some birding done there.

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The golf course is fringed by forest and looked promising

 

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the first evening we arrived, we toook a walk to the bungalow houses up the hill after the driving range..

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One of the most common birds of the Meru Valley are these Asian GLossy Starlings, the juveniles having the white breast with streaks

 

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Here an adult Asian Glossy starling in typical blackish green iridescence and a bright red eye

 

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a colourful yellow vented bulbul sang

 

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and they were indeed fairly common

 

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a bright flash of yellow landed on a branch

 

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the beautiful black naped oriole, seen throughout South East Asia

 

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Oriental Magpie Robin

 

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A pair of Pacific swallows

 

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beautiful orange throat of Pacific Swallow

 

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and from afar this looked like a brown shrike

 

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a white throated kingfisher watching over the world

 

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quite spectacular white throated KF

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this was the most common KF here

 

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back of brown shrike

 

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Probable pied triller

 

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another oriental magpie robin

 

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and then on a house railing, thie active male olive backed sunbird was well framed

 

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singing away

 

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spotted doves

 

Walking back near to the resort accommodation, I walked down a culdesac and heard the persistent chirping of something in the trees…

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the beautiful brown shrike

 

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brown shrike

 

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paddyfield pipit

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Sunset over the Meru Valley

I had planned to have an early morning ramble the next day before leaving Ipoh but the sun only rose at 7am so I only had less than an hour’s birding before leaving for the airport….

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beautifully landscaped gardens

 

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I drove over to the driving range which is actually a range where golf balls are driven into a large lake from which I guess the balls must somehow be retrieved…

 

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I found a path on the right side of the lake seen in the previous picture. The path took me up a small forested hill and I could look back down at the driving range and pond….more importantly, I got closer to the forest and had an eye level view of the canopy

 

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perched on a distant tree was an orange breasted pigeon

 

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a pair of red birds caught my eye but they were very far away

 

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a closer look showed them to be the lovely Banded woodpecker with its red head and wings

 

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a stretch

 

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banded woodpecker

 

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a black naped oriole and a glossy starling

 

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final bird of the morning was this scarlet backed flowerpecker

 

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scarlet backed flowerpecker

 

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Meru Valley

 

Although I was in Ipoh for only 24 hours, I managed to get two brief outings in the Meru Valley Resort and I think this is a nice place to stay at if you have a car.   Recommended

 

 

 

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