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Peninsula & East Malaysia 19th July – 4th August 2012

     

    TRIP TO PENISULAR AND EAST MALAYSIA

    Buy Birds of Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore from AmazonINTRODUCTION

    If we were to do the trip again we would not spend time around Kuala Lumpur, going instead straight to Taman Negara for 4 days. We would probably go to Fraser’s Hill rather than the Cameron Highlands and also spend more time around Sepilok, possibly visiting the Rainforest Discovery Centre where there is an canopy walkway. We would also spend some time in the Mount Kota Kinabalu National Park and probably climb Mount Kota Kinabalu.

    FLIGHTS

    Return Milan Malpensa to Kuala Lumpur via Muscat with Oman Air
    KL to Sandakan with Malaysia Air
    Lahad Datu to Kota Kinbalu with Air Asia
    Kota Kinbalu to KL with Air Asia

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    VISAS

    Not needed for EU citizens

    HEALTH

    Anti-malarial prophylactics recommended

    FOOD and DRINK

    If you go during Ramadan, be sensitive about eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight. Food is excellent and cheap and roadside stalls offer a huge choice. Food is cooked in front of you so there is a low health risk. Alcohol is expensive and although tap water is safe to drink, people may prefer to drink bottled drinks.

    Buy Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo from AmazonBOOKS and MAPS

    A Birdwatcher's Guide to Malaysia by John Bransbury - an excellent book although it needs updating as some sites no longer exist. A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo by Quentin Phillipps and Karen Phillipps – a superb field guide. Peninsular Malaysia Regional Map (Periplus Travel Maps).

    DRIVING

    Traffic and roads around KL are horrendous. It is almost impossible to navigate around without a sat nav. Away from KL, roads are good and traffic is light. Drivers are calm and courteous.

    Roads are poorly maintained in Sabah, Borneo. Be prepared for long, slow journeys.

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    It is easy to get around on buses.

    LANGUAGE

    English is widely spoken.

    ITINERARY

    19th July – Arrival and check into hotel
    20th July – Batu Caves, Templar Park
    21st July - Selangor
    22nd July - Botanic Gardens
    23rd, 24th & 25th July – Cameron Higlands
    26th July – Travel day to Sepilok Resort, East Malaysia
    27th July – Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre then travel by boat to Uncle Tan’s Jungle Camp
    28th - 31st July - Uncle Tan’s Jungle Camp
    1st3rd August - Tabin Wildlife Reserve
    4th August - Return to KL and flight back to Milan Malpensa

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    19th July

    The first birds we saw were Asian Glossy Starling, from a roof garden at the airport while waiting for another member of our party to fly. Peaceful Doves, Striated Heron and Common Myna also showed up.

    20th July

    Black-naped Oriole and White-breasted Waterhen were ticked off from the hotel window. Since the famous Batu Caves were only 15 minutes up the road, we paid them a quick visit. The ubiquitous Yellow-vented Bulbuls were in evidence, as well as Pacific Swallows, House and Asian Palm Swifts. We were surprised to see Eurasian Tree Sparrows were filling the role of House Sparrows in Europe. They were present in every small and large town.

    Leaving the caves after an interesting explanation of the ecosystems in the Dark Cave, we headed north for Templar Park. The park is very popular with locals and although we enjoyed walking the tracks by the waterfalls, birds were not very much in evidence. However, a pair of Black-and-yellow Broadbills put in a brief appearance and Grey-rumped Treeswift flew over the car park.

    21st July

    We drove out to Kuala Selangor Nature Park, on the west coast, adding Dollarbird and Brahminy Kite on the way. Around the reception area were a pair of Oriental Magpie Robins, Ashy Tailorbird and Pied Fantail. Unfortunately, several of the trails and observation towers were closed and the lagoon was being excavated to provide a roost for birds at high tide, so our choice of trails was strictly limited. However, we added Grey-capped Woodpecker, Olive-backed Sunbird and Collared Kingfisher to the list. Remember to take insect repellent when you visit the reserve as the mosquitoes are very hungry! We spent an interesting hour driving round the roads near Selangor and had excellent views of White-breasted Kingfisher, Large-billed Crow, Spotted-necked Dove, Crested Serpent Eagle, Asian Koel and Black-shouldered Kite.

    22nd July

    After a fruitless attempt to find the Sungai Batu Mining pools, we concluded that they have fallen prey to the developers machinery, so instead we had a quick trip round a local park. The locals were out in full force jogging, practicing Tai Chi, riding horses and playing with children. All to the sound of a rehearsing large brass band. Brown-throated Sunbirds and Common Ioras were among the birds in evidence here. The rest of the day was spent at the Botanic gardens (please note that the University grounds are shut during the summer at the weekends). Here we added Glossy Ibis, Pied Triller, Chinese Pond Heron (which was swimming - surpringly), Coppersmith Barbet and Pink-necked Green Pigeons to the list.

    23rd July

    Most of the day was spent in travelling up to the Cameron Highlands where we were staying at Ye Olde Smokehouse in Tanah Rata. There seemed to be little choice in accommodation: either impersonal high rise apartment blocks or the smaller but more expensive, Smokehouse. En route we picked up Scaly-breasted Munia, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Greater Raquet-tailed Drongo, Oriental Honey Buzzard and Whiskered Treeswift.

    The gardens at the Smokehouse were excellent and a pair of Black-throated Sunbirds were flitting around. A walk to Parrit’s Falls (hardly worthy of the name of waterfall!) provided White-throated Fantail, Glossy Swiftlets, Mountain Bulbul, Blue Nuthatch, Paddyfield Pipit, Sliver-eared Mesia, Streaked Wren-babbler, Fire-tufted Barbet and Slaty-backed Forktail.

    If you fancy at an excellent Indian meal, then try Bunga Suria in Tanah Rata. An enormous meal for 3 including drinks cost the princely sum of 50RM.

    24th July

    Someone has made an attempt to develop the area for tourists and as a result, there are several walking trails laid out. However, the trails are hard to find and the signs pointing to them are faded and often illegible. Once you find the trails though, they are fairly well maintained. It was sad to see the rivers full of rubbish – the locals evidently use the rivers as rubbish dumps. The trail to Robinson’s Falls came up with Mountain Fulvetta, Chestnut-capped Laughing Thrush, Large Woodshrike, Large Nitlava, Long-tailed Sibia, Greater Yellownape and Little Pied Flycatcher.

    Driving up through the immaculate tea plantations added White-rumped Munia to the list.

    25th July

    We wanted to see the sunrise from the Mossy Forest on Mount Brinchang. Unfortunately, we chose a windy day, so the birds were keeping their heads down. We did manage to see White-tailed Robin, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Warbler and Long-tailed Shrike.

    26th July

    Another travelling day when we left the peninsular and flew across to Sabah on the island of Borneo. From the airport at Sandakan we took a taxi to Sepilok Jungle Resort, right next door to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. The only new bird was a Crestless Fireback which flew up from the side of the road.

    27th July

    Sepilok was a marvelous place to explore with intriguing sounds coming from every direction. Before breakfast we had managed to identify the local sub species of Magpie Robin, Black Edible Nest Swiftlets, Asian Pied Hornbill, Thick-billed Spiderhunter, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Chestnut Munia and Coppery-throated Sunbird. The Orang Utans at the centre were real posers – they were just asking visitors to photograph them!

    The rest of the day was taken up with getting to Uncle Tan’s Jungle Camp. The camp is right on the edge of the Kinabatangan River and the only access is by boat. This is a highly recommended camp but BE WARNED! It is not a luxury camp. The showers are chucking a bucket of river water over yourself and you sleep on thin mattresses. But the food is amazing and if Lan is there, ask him to take you out birding. He is an excellent bird guide. The camp runs a full itinerary of a mixture of jungle treks and river safaris.

    28th July

    The boat safari (which lasts a couple of hours) leaves camp at 06.30. You can ask to go with a guide who is interested in birds.  Of course the guide will also point out other wildlife too. We saw lots of Long-tailed Macaques, a female Orang Utan with a baby, Estuarine Crocodile, which is the same species as the salt water croc in Australia and a Monitor Lizard. The birds were good too, with good views to be had of many birds, including Grey-headed Babbler, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Little Green Pigeon, Crested Serpent Eagle, Wallace’s Hawk Eagle, Storm Stork, Green Imperial Pigeon, Blue-throated Bee-eater and Wrinkled Hornbills. We were surprised to see a pair of Common Sandpipers. Were they breeding there?

    The birds around the camp were worth hunting for too and included Malaysian Blue Fly-catcher, a family of Rufous-tailed Tailorbirds and a spectacular pair of Black-crowned Monarchs.

    Another boat safari later in the day treated us to the sight of hundreds of Flying Foxes, the largest of the fruit bats, leaving their roost to go and feed in the nearby oil palm plantations.

    In the evening, we were taken on a jungle trek near the camp, wading through sticky mud to stop the fire ants from climbing up our (hired) rubber boots. Our sharp-eyed guide managed to find a roosting Hooded Pitta, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher and Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, as well as a Wolf Spider and an enormous centipede. 

    29th July

    Another early morning boat cruise treated us to the sight of many species of birds, adding a Jerdon’s Baza and 2 Whistling Duck to the list, though unfortunately we were unable to say if they were Greater or Lesser.

    Birding around the camp turned up 2 new species: Ruby-cheeked Sunbirds and Rufous-tailed Tailorbirds. We also had excellent views of the Hooded Pitta which we had seen roosting yesterday.

    The evening cruise gave us excellent views of a Leopard Cat and 2 Buffy Fish Owls.

    30th July

    The day followed the same pattern as the previous day with jungle treks and boat safaris on offer. We added a pair of the rarely seen Black Magpie and Crested Goshawk to our list as well as a family of Bornean Gibbons, while round the camp we were pleased to see a pair of Bold-Striped Tit-Babblers.

    The boat safari was as exciting as before with excellent views of Bronzed Drongo, Brown Needletail, Raffle’s Malkoha, Hill Myna, Black-headed Bulbul, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and Oriental Darter. We also saw more Orang Utan and Silver Leaf Monkeys.

    31st July

    Our last morning in the camp and we were lucky to add Emerald Dove and Rhinoceros Hornbill to our list. We had a long and complicated trip to Tabin Nature Reserve via Lahad Datu using public transport – an interesting experience on badly maintained roads.

    Tabin Nature Reserve is another place we would recommend. The reserve has a central core of primary forest, surrounded by well-grown secondary forest. Oil Palm plantations around the periphery attract a lot of mammals and raptors. In the reserve you are not allowed to wander without a guide as in November 2011 a young Australian woman was charged and tragically killed by a bull elephant. The guides are understandably nervous about losing any more clients. However, you can roam freely around the camp and there are some amazing birds to be seen there. As was our experience all over Malaysia, the local people are welcoming and friendly. On a quick walk through the camp we picked up 7 species including a magnificent Blue-headed Pitta and Pig-tailed Macaques.

    The night drive from the reserve added Brown Wood Owl to our list plus Palm Civet and Bearded Pig.

    1st August

    Our lodge at the reserve looked over the river and we were treated to a quick view of a Chestnut-naped Forktail as it flew off downstream. On our way up to the primary forest we saw Green Iora, Pied Imperial Pigeon and Mountain Imperial Pigeon. From the primary forest we headed up to the famous mud volcanoes. This is where hot mud bubbles up from far beneath the ground. The mud is rich in minerals and attracts animals and birds. There is a viewing tower overlooking the volcano and from the tower we had good views of Verditer Flycatcher, Scarlet Minivet, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, White-crowned Forktail and Changeable Hawk-Eagle. On the walk back to the track we saw Red Jungle Fowl, with a Crested Fireback hot on its heels, then Purple-naped Sunbird and Red-bearded Bee-eater. This latter bird is most peculiar for a bee-eater. It sits still in the undergrowth, well disguised with its leaf-green plumage. Some people think that insects are fooled into thinking that its bright red breast is a flower. As soon as an insect comes within range, it is snapped up.

    On our way back to the camp we were lucky to see Red-eyed Bulbuls, Wreath Hornbills and Bushy-crested Hornbills. A Barred Eagle Owl had just emerged for its night’s hunting as we went by.

    2nd August

    Another safari through the reserve allowed us to see a noisy party of Great-Slaty Woodpeckers and a lazily circling Black Eagle. Two Helmeted Hornbills completed our list of possible Hornbills, to our great satisfaction. Chestnut-winged Babblers, Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Thick-billed Spiderhunter and Plain Sunbird were also new for the trip.

    A dusk drive out from the camp added Dusky Munia to the list and we had a splendid view of a bull Elephant. These elephants are much smaller (and rarer) than their African cousins. A Giant Flying Squirrel flew right over our heads – amazing and a Leopard Cat put in a brief appearance. On the drive back into camp we were entertained by huge flashes of lightning from a distant tropical storm. Near at hand, fireflies flickered and overhead the first of the shooting stars from the meteor shower rained down.

    3rd August

    Our last morning in the camp before starting the long journey back to KL and home. We enjoyed the sight of a nesting colony of Glossy Swiftlets in one of the ruined buildings in the camp. An endemic White-crowned Shama was very obliging and a pair of Brown Barbets was feeding in the trees.

    4th August

    And last but not least, 2 White-breasted Woodswallows were nesting at Lahad Datu airport. From the departure lounge of KL airport we could see Black-naped Terns over the sea while a pair of Lesser Coucals were hunting in the grass and bushes at the side of the runway.

     

    SYSTEMATIC BIRD SPECIES LIST

    Red Junglefowl                                            1 Tabin
    Crestless Fireback                                       1 Cameron Highlands 
    Crested Fireback                                         1 Tabin
    Storm's Stork                                             Seen regularly at Uncle Tan’s and 1 at Tabin
    Glossy Ibis                                                  2 in the Botanic Gardens, KL
    Black-crowned Night Heron                          1 on the Kinabatangan River
    Striated Heron                                            Widespread
    Chinese Pond-Heron                                      1 in the Botanic Gardens, KL
    Grey Heron                                                  1 at Kuala Selangor
    Purple Heron                                                Widespread
    Great White Egret                                       Widespread
    Little Egret                                                  Common  on the Kinabatangan River
    Oriental Darter                                            Frequent  on the Kinabatangan River
    Jerdon's Baza                                              1 on Common on the Kinabatangan River
    Oriental Honey-buzzard                               1 Cameron Highlands
    Black-shouldered Kite                                   1 near Kuala Selangor            
    Brahminy Kite                                              Widespread
    White-bellied Sea Eagle                               Common  on the Kinabatangan River
    Lesser Fish-Eagle                                         Common  on the Kinabatangan River
    Grey-headed Fish-Eagle                                Common  on the Kinabatangan River
    Crested Serpent-Eagle                                 1 Cameron Highlands, several Uncle Tan’s and Tabin
    Crested Goshawk                                          1 on the Kinabatangan River
    (Indian) Black Eagle                                     1 at Tabin
    Changeable Hawk-Eagle                                Seen twice at Tabin
    Wallace's Hawk-Eagle                                  Seen twice on Kinabatangan River
    White-breasted Waterhen                            Widespread
    Common Sandpiper                                       Several seen on Kinabatangan River, 1 at Tabin
    Black-naped Tern                                        Several over the sea at KL airport
    (Feral) Rock Pigeon                                      Common  around KL
    Spotted-necked (Turtle) Dove                      Widespread
    Emerald Dove                                              Seen twice at Tabin 
    Peaceful Dove                                              Common round KL
    Little Green-Pigeon                                      Seen 4 times in trees on Kinabatangan River
    Pink-necked Green-Pigeon                             1 seen in KL, 1 in trees on Kinabatangan River
    Large Green Pigeon                                       1 at Tabin
    Green Imperial Pigeon                                  Common at Tabin
    Mountain Imperial Pigeon                             1 at Tabin
    Pied Imperial Pigeon                                     1 at Tabin
    Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot                        Seen twice at Tabin
    Common/Asian Koel                                      1 seen near Selangor
    Raffles's Malkoha                                        1 in trees on Kinabatangan River, 2 at Tabin
    Lesser Coucal                                               1 at Tabin
    Barred Eagle Owl                                         1 at Tabin
    Buffy Fish Owl                                            1 in trees on Kinabatangan River, seen twice at Tabin
    Brown Wood Owl                                         Seen twice at Tabin
    Glossy/White-bellied Swiftlet                     Common and widespread
    Black-nest Swiftlet                                     Common  and widespread
    Brown-backed Needletail                             2 over Kinabatangan River
    Asian Palm Swift                                         Common around KL
    House Swift (Little Swift)                           Common around KL
    Grey-rumped Treeswift                               6 at Templar Park, KL, seen 3 times at Tabin
    Whiskered Treeswift                                  3 Cameron Highlands, seen twice at tabin
    Scarlet-rumped Trogon                                1 at Tabin
    Red-headed Trogon                                      1 Cameron Highlands
    Dollarbird                                                  Common and widespread
    Stork-billed Kingfisher                               Common on Kinabatangan River
    White-throated Kingfisher                           1 near Selangor, 1 in Botanic Gardens, KL, 1 at Uncle Tan’s
    (White-)Collared Kingfisher                         Seen three times on Kinabatangan River
    Blue-eared Kingfisher                                  Seen three times on Kinabatangan River
    Red-bearded Bee-eater                                1 seen at Tabin
    Blue-throated Bee-eater                              Common on Kinabatangan River and Tabin
    Bushy-crested Hornbill                                Seen three times at Tabin
    Oriental Pied-Hornbill                                 Common at Uncle Tan’s and Tabin
    Black Hornbill                                             Seen twice at Tabin
    Rhinoceros Hornbill                                     Seen  twice at Tabin
    Helmeted Hornbill                                        2 birds seen at Tabin
    White-crowned Hornbill                               2 birds seen at Tabin
    Wrinkled Hornbill                                        Birds seen at Uncle Tan’s and Tabin
    Wreathed Hornbill                                       Seen twice at Tabin
    Fire-tufted Barbet                                       5 birds at Parrit Falls, Tanah Rata
    Coppersmith Barbet                                      1 bird calling at the Botanic Gardens, KL
    Brown Barbet                                               2  birds at Tabin
    Grey-capped PygmyWoodpecker                    Kuala  Selangor
    Greater Yellow-naped Woodpecker                1 Robinson Falls, Tanah Rata
    Common/Golden-backed Flameback                Kuala Selangor
    Grey-and-buff Woodpecker                          1 at Tabin
    Great Slaty Woodpecker                              4 at Tabin
    Black-and-red Broadbill                                1 at Uncle Tan’s
    Black-and-yellow Broadbill                            1 at KL, seen twice at Tabin
    Blue-headed Pitta                                         Seen twice at Uncle Tan’s
    Hooded Pitta                                                Seen once at Tabin
    Golden-bellied Gerygone                               1 bird in Cameron Highlands
    White-breasted Woodswallow                       2 birds at Lahad Datu airport
    Common Iora                                                Seen at Botanic Gardens, KL and twice at Tabin
    Green Iora                                                   Seen three times at Tabin
    Large Cuckooshrike                                       1 in Cameron Highlands
    Pied Triller                                                  1 in Botanic Gardens, KL
    Scarlet Minivet                                            1 at Tabin
    Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike                     Seen twice at Tabin
    Long-tailed Shrike                                        Seen at Uncle Tan’s
    Black-naped Oriole                                       Common round KL and seen once at Uncle Tan’s
    Bronzed Drongo                                            2 seen on Lokan River
    Greater Racket-tailed Drongo                       Seen at Uncle Tan’s
    White-throated Fantail                                 Frequent and widespread
    Pied Fantail                                                  Frequent and widespread
    Black-naped Monarch                                    Seen at Uncle Tan’s
    Black Magpie                                                2 birds seen in trees on Kinabatangan River
    House Crow                                                  Common in towns
    Large-billed/Jungle Crow                             Common and widespread
    Pacific Swallow                                            Common and widespread
    Dark-necked Tailorbird                                Family at Uncle Tan’s
    Ashy Tailorbird                                            Common at Uncle Tan’s
    Rufous-tailed Tailorbird                               Seen round KL and atTabin Ashy Tailorbird 
    Black-headed Bulbul                                      2 seen at Tabin
    Scaly-breasted Bulbul                                   1 seen at Tabin
    Stripe-throated Bulbul                                  1 seen at Uncle Tan’s
    Yellow-vented Bulbul                                     Common and widespread
    Olive-winged Bulbul                                      Seen three times at Tabin
    Red-eyed Bulbul                                            Common at Tabin
    Hairy-backed Bulbul                                      1 seen at Tabin
    Mountain Bulbul                                            3 seen in Cameron Highlands
    Mountain Leaf Warbler                                 Several seen in Cameron Highlands
    Yellow-breasted Warbler                              Several seen in Cameron Highlands
    White-chested Babbler                                  Seen twice at Tabin
    Sooty-capped Babbler                                   Frequently heard in dense undergrowth
    Streaked Wren-Babbler                                Seen once in Cameron Highlands
    Grey-throated Babbler                                  Seen once in Cameron Highlands
    Grey-headed Babbler                                     1 seen at Uncle Tan’s
    Striped Tit-Babbler                                      1 seen at Tabin
    Spectacled/Chestnut-capped Laughing-thrush  Several seen in Cameron Highlands
    Silver-eared Mesia                                        Seen 3 times in Cameron Highlands
    Brown Fulvetta                                              Common at Uncle Tan’s
    Mountain Fulvetta                                          1 seen in Cameron Highlands
    Long-tailed Sibia                                           2 seen in Cameron Highlands
    Everett's White-eye                                      2 seen in Cameron Highlands
    Asian Fairy-bluebird                                     A pair seen in Tabin
    Asian Glossy Starling                                     Widespread
    Hill Myna                                                      Seen three times at Tabin
    Jungle Myna                                                  Seen near Selangor
    White-vented/Javan Myna                             Seen at Botanic Gardens, KL
    Common Myna                                                Common and widespread
    Lesser Shortwing                                           1 seen in Cameron Highlands
    Oriental Magpie-Robin                                  Common round KL and Cameron Highlands
    White-crowned Shama                                    2 birds seen at Tabin
    White-tailed Robin                                        Several birds seen in Cameron Highlands
    Chestnut-naped Forktail                                 1 bird seen at Tabin
    Slaty-backed Forktail                                    1 bird seen at Tabin
    White-crowned Forktail                                 1 bird seen at Robinson Falls, Cameron Highlands
    Rufous-chested Flycatcher                             1 seen at Uncle Tan’s
    Asian Verditer Flycatcher                              2 birds seen at Tabin
    Malaysian Blue-Flycatcher                             2 birds seen at Uncle Tan’s
    Large Niltava                                                2 birds seen at Robinson Falls, Cameron Highlands
    Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher                     Several birds seen in Cameron Highlands
    Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker                     Feeding in trees in motorway service area on way to Cameron  Highlands
    Ruby-cheeked Sunbird                                  Common at Tabin
    Plain Sunbird                                                Single birds seen in the Cameron Highlands and Tabin
    Brown/Plain-throated Sunbird                       Single birds seen at KL and Tabin
    Purple-naped Sunbird                                    Single bird seen at Tabin
    Copper-throated Sunbird                               Single birds seen in KL and Cameron Highlands
    Olive-backed/Yellow-bellied Sunbird             2 birds seen at Selangor
    Black-throated Sunbird                                 Seen on 3 days in Cameron Highlands
    Scarlet/Javan Sunbird                                  1 bird seen at Uncle Tan’s
    Little Spiderhunter                                       1 bird seen at Tabin
    Thick-billed Spiderhunter                             Single birds seen at Uncle Tan’s and Tabin
    Streaked Spiderhunter                                  1 at Uncle Tan’s
    Tree Sparrow                                               Common and widespread
    White-rumped Munia                                     A group of birds seen in Cameron Highlands
    Dusky Munia                                                 A group of birds seen in Tabin
    Nutmeg Mannikin/Scaly-breasted Munia        5 birds seen in  Cameron Highlands
    Black-headed/Chestnut Munia                        Common at Uncle Tan’s and Tabin
    Paddyfield Pipit                                            Single bird seen near Parrit Falls, Tanah Rata

     

    LIST OF MAMMALS SEEN

    Common Treeshrew               Batu Caves
    Horsefield’s Fruit Bat          Batu Caves
    Large Flying Fox                  Kinabatangan River and Tabin
    Colugo                                 Tabin
    Hose’s Langur                       Lokan River
    Silvered Langur                    Lokan River
    Proboscis Monkey                 Lokan River
    Pig-tailed Macaque               Tabin
    Long-tailed Macaque             Common and widespread
    Bornean Gibbon                    Kinabatangan River, Tabin
    Orang Utan                          Sepilok, Kinabatangan River, Tabin
    Giant Squirrel                      Tabin
    Prevost’s Squirrel                 Uncle Tan’s
    Plain Pygmy Squirrel             Uncle Tan’s
    Red Giant Flying Squirrel     Tabin
    Malay Weasel                      Cameron Highlands
    Common Palm Civet               Kinabatangan River, Tabin
    Leopard Cat                         Kinabatangan River, Tabin
    Asian Elephant                     Tabin
    Bearded Pig                          Tabin
    Greater Mouse Deer             Tabin

     

    Colin and Alison Parnell

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