Nature Notes

September 9, 2011

Birding Frasier’s Hill: Malaysia

Filed under: Birds,Malaysia — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Chestnut Capped Laughingthrush

One of the world’s most famous birding spots, Frasier’s Hill was originally one of the places where the British, in the colonial period, would go on holiday. The high elevation provided relief from the heat (something I could appreciate).

I was fortunate to have the company of Laurence Poh to share his experience. On arrival, we checked into the Gap Resthouse, situated at the bottom of the one way road up to Frasier’s Hill. In the Gap restaurant, a Striped Tit-Babbler picked insects from the wiring of the hanging lights.

Driving the Telecom route at the top of Frasier’s Hill, we picked up a very cooperative Black-browed Barbet, which posed for photos. We encountered a number of bird waves, with Silver-eared Mesia, Long-tailed Sibia, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Mountain Fulvetta, Mountain Bulbul and Golden Babbler being a few of the many species. Later on the route, we picked up Red-headed TrogonLarge Niltava, Javan (Malayan) Cuckoo Shrike, Streaked Spiderhunter, and Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo.

That night I stayed at the Jelai resort, and the next morning I prepared to drive out of the parking lot when I was I was stopped in my tracks by birds all around me. A Green Magpie showed off its fantastic plumage while Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush mixed with its more common cousin, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush. Malayan Cuckoo Thrush again made an appearance, as did Sultan Tit, Black-throated Sunbird, and a placid Asian Brown Flycatcher.


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