Nature Notes

September 5, 2008

Birding Ipoh area, Malaysia

Filed under: Birds,Malaysia — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Ipoh, Malaysia

Ipoh, Malaysia

The city of Ipoh is surrounded by jutting limestone hills and it has a very spiritual quality, augmented by temples built into the cliff faces. I was fortunate to meet up with some of Ipoh’s birders and digiscopers, including Laurence Poh and Ooi Beng Yean, two of the very finest digiscopers in the world.

While in Ipoh, I stayed at the Hotel Excelsior, an old time colonial type of accommodation. While there are no doubt less expensive places available, it was reasonable and comfortable. One of the places we visited was the Burmese Pool in Taiping.We quickly picked up a Common Flameback, and a number of Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters. A pair of Scarlet Minivet drifted through the trees at the side of the trail, while on the trail itself, a Forest Wagtail worked its way. Later on this wonderful afternoon, we came upon something extraordinary. A number of Asian Paradise Flycatchers flitted through the branches, their long tails flowing behind, and one of them was the rare white morph, a beautiful sight. A couple of Whiskered Treeswifts sat high in a tree, a new family for me.
As we returned to Ipoh, we made a couple of stops. At the first, we were treated to the sight of the tiny Black Thighed Falconet as he hunted and devoured dragonflies. A little further we stopped at a temple cut into the limestone rocks, and in the fading light, saw both the Blue Rock Thrush, and a Blue Whistling Thrush.

I watched hundreds of House Swifts fly past my hotel window, while  I waited for my ride the next day.Before leaving Ipoh we stopped at the golf course where we were treated to the sight of a pair of Oriental Honey Buzzards. Our first stop was an area of lagoons which I think were the remains of a mining operation. The prize of the trip was a Greater Painted Snipe, a species at the top of my wish list. Other great birds were Stork Billed Kingfisher,   Chinese Pond Heron, and a Long Tailed Shrike amongst many Brown Shrike. As we watched Purple Swamphens feeding in a marshy area, a Barred Buttonquail scuttled along the brush at the shoreline and a female Baya Weaver fed on grass stalks.
We headed into some dry lowland forest, after passing through a rubber tree plantation. Again we were fortunate to find some wonderful species including Hill Myna, Green Iora and a Scarlet Backed Flowerpecker. We ended the day on a high note when a Changeable Hawk Eagle perched on a dead branch and gave us a wonderful view.


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