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May 16, 2012

Cameron Highlands Birding 3

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Hutan Lipur, Tanah Rata. 120516.

I was going to go to Robinson Waterfall this morning but I just decided to go back to the Parit Falls track. I started off at the garden opposite the bus station again. There were no sunbirds flitting around the flowers, which I was hoping for.

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

But there was a Yellow-vented Bulbul flying around with sticks in his beak. He would land on this branch and then dart into a clump of palms when he thought I was not looking.

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

Later on in the afternoon, I caught this one having a feed on these berries in the garden.

Tailed Judy
Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron)

I took a photo of this Tailed Judy again today. This time I used the in-built flash and it turned out all right, I reckon. I used the flash a fair bit today. Mainly because it was so dark in the rain-forest under-storey.

Pygmy Blue Flycatcher ??
Pygmy Blue Flycatcher ??

Is this a Pygmy Blue Flycatcher or Hill Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis banyumas) ? Or even a rufous-vented niltava? I think it was too small to be a Hill Blue Flycatcher but it is claimed that the Pygmy Blue Flycatcher have not been seen for a while. But they have been seen in the Genting Highlands. And the Hill Blue Flycatcher is seen at Bukit Fraser and Cameron Highlands.

Silver-eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesia (Mesia argentauris)

There was a flock of Silver-eared Mesia near the waterfall.

Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo ??
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

At first I thought it was a black drongo, but it did not have the forked tail. Then I thought it might be a Blue Whistling-Thrush, but it had a black beak. Then I saw a photo of a lesser racket-tailed drongo without the racket and it looked pretty similar, so I am going with that.. Update: it was a Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, thanks mr tou.

Mystery bird.
Mystery Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata).

I have got no idea what this is. I am pretty sure it is some kind of sunbird or similar but I could not find it in Robson or on the internet. At first I thought it might be a Dark-backed Sibia (Malacias melanoleucus) but no.

Mystery bird front
Mystery bird front on Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata).

Here is a really bad front on shot that shows 2 blue spots on the neck of this bird. That may help identify it. I think I shall have to ask the local experts.

 Blue Whistling-Thrush
Blue Whistling-Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)

I saw this Blue Whistling-Thrush on the beach below the Parit Falls.

Long-tailed Sibia
Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)

I had been trying to get a photo of these birds all morning. They had been flying over me and hiding in the trees, so I was getting really frustrated with them. Finally on the way home, I got some decent shots of them on the track just before where it ended. doh!

Oriental Magpie-robin
Oriental Magpie-Robin

This one is a juvenile with the light grey speckled chest.

Birding Malay Resources

Birding Malay
Birding the Cameron Highlands
Blue Flycatchers

Birds that can be seen in Cameron Highlands

Rufous-vented Niltava
Chestnut-tailed Minla
Fire-tufted Barbet
Golden-throated Barbet
Mountain Bulbul
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Golden Babbler
Chestnut-capped Laughing-thrush
Long-tailed Sibia
Silver-eared Mesia
Blue-winged Minla
Mountain Fulvetta
Mountain Leaf Warbler
Yellow-breasted Warbler
Snowy-browed Flycatcher
Little Pied Flycatcher
Large Niltava
Hill Blue Flycatcher
White-throated Fantail
Black-throated Sunbird

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