Tuesday, 29 November 2011

26/11/2011: Bukit Wang (Kedah)

The Selangor Bird Group decided to visit this locality as part of their group outing to the north and being the “locals”, we had every intention to greet the visiting birders with our usual friendly hospitality. However, Mother Nature had other thoughts and it poured for almost three hours at daybreak. The entire group had to seek shelter in one of the huts but we took the opportunity to catch-up with old friends and meet new ones. 

When the rain subsided, the group finally got to experience the birds found here. Although it could have been better, I guess the locality did provide a memorable experience for our guests in the end.

The resident Bat Hawk gave a much-welcomed performance and posed long enough for everyone to enjoy excellent views.

The only other bird that I managed to capture was this Dark-sided Flycather hunting from the edge of the forest. 

The main highlight of the trip, surprisingly, was not a bird but it does fly. To more precise, it glides. Colugos are arboreal mammals that are found only in the forests of Southeast Asia. They are very unique creatures and possess flaps of extra skin between their limbs to enable them to glide great distances through their forest homes. This pair was seen resting on one of the tree trunks and at that distance, our group was no threat to them at all. So in return, we were rewarded with prolonged views of this beautiful but elusive glider.


Friend of HK said...

The Colugos are very interesting looking animals!

Choy Wai Mun said...

Yes,they are. And this is my first daytime encounter.

Madibirder said...

I've never seen a real life Calugos before, must be a thrilling experience. I recognise two of the participants, front row ladies 1 and 3 from left. I've met them several times in Kemensah.

Anonymous said...

Wai Mun Tot there should be more birds to see there...the Bat Hawk is most tempting for me to go there.....thks for sharing


Choy Wai Mun said...

Madi, the colugo sighting was certainly exciting.

Mike, this locality is still very good for birding but maybe because of the rain (and lady luck).