Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Taman Negara, S.R.

I spent 5 days of birding at the national park, Taman Negara Sungai Relau, from 16th to 20th August, and we have more than 100 birds sighted. Click HERE to find out more about Taman Negara, one of the best birding sites in Peninsular Malaysia.

The only lifer I have in this trip was the Buff-rumped Woodpecker. I missed my wanted lifers, Maroon Woodpecker and Banded Pitta, heard the Pitta called, but couldn't see it.
Buff-rumped Woodpecker (female)
The most memorable birds I spotted and digiscoped were the Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Rhinoceros Hornbills and Black Hornbills. Trogon is a crepuscular bird, usually active in the morning at dawn.
Scarlet-rumped Trogon (front view)
Scarlet-rumped Trogon (back view)
Black Hornbill (a family with two juveniles)
Black Hornbill (male adult and juvenile)
Black Hornbill (female)
Rhinoceros Hornbill
Last but not least, I would like to share a digiscoped picture of the peak of Gunung Tahan (Tahan Mountain), the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia, which can be easily viewed from the viewing tower of Bukit Seraya.

Gunung Tahan

Happy Birding.


  1. I wish to thank my dear friend Boon Eu for introducing and exposing me to birding by taking me along on the recent trip to Taman Negara, Sg Relau. I enjoyed the trip very much, and for the first time, I heard and learnt the names of different birds, like trogon, pitta, frogmouth and many more which I had difficulty in remembering! It is worth mentioning here that I saw with my own eyes the beautiful trogon shown in the picture on this posting. Again, thanks to Boon Eu. By: Bryan Chong

  2. Bryan, you're most welcome, as for a beginner, you will remember the Trogon forever, good memory for you. Whenever you are free to bird, bring along your binoculars and a small bird book will help you to advance your birding skill. Happy Birding.

  3. Thanks Boon Eu and Bryan, It was a very good trip which I thoroughly enjoyed.
    My lifer was the Mustached Babbler which I saw easily near the edge of the road where a pair of adults were feeding a youn g bird. Unfortunately didn't manage to get a

  4. Vera, great, Moustached Babbler will be my lifer too if I saw it. You will miss the chance to watch the bird in detail if you want to take a photo, and vice versa.