We arrived at the Bukit Aman carpark early to ensure appropriate coordination once the participants started arriving.
Jasmine (Day Trip Coordinator) was receiving phone calls all morning from 05:30 until 07:00 from interested parties enquiring as to the status of the trip.
Regardless of the weather, THE TRIP WOULD GO AHEAD.
53 participants arrived (38 adults, 15 children) which constitutes a great turnout.
(Check out that Coppersmith Barbet!! - rain stopped, now just cloud above)
We were assisted by fellow MNS Selangor Birdgroup Committee members to provide the basics when it comes to watching birds, such as 'how to use binoculars and scopes', and they were also able to provide bird identification to those beginners who would not be in a position to know such things.
(Bird-call specialist, Carol Ho there to assist the groups)
(Veterans Rafi and Aun-Tiah also came along to share their wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm)
The birdlist for the day reached 29 species, giving the newcomers a chance to see more than sparrows, crows and myna's:
1. Barbet, Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala)
2. Bee-eater, Blue-Tailed (Merops philippinus)
3. Bulbul, Yellow-Vented (Pycnonotus goiavier)
4. Crow, House (Corvus splendens)
5. Dove, Spotted (Streptopelia chinensis)
6. Dove, Zebra (Geopelia striata)
7. Falconet, Black-Thighed (Microhierax fringillarius)
8. Flameback, Common (Dinopium javanense)
9. Flycatcher, Asian Brown (Muscicapa dauurica)
10. Heron, Chinese Pond (Ardeola bacchus)
11. Iora, Common (Aegithina tiphia)
12. Kingﬁsher, White-Throated (Halcyon smyrnensis)
13. Kite, Brahminy (Haliastur indus)
14. Koel, Asian (Eudynamys scolopacea)
15. Leafbird, Golden-Fronted (Chloropsis aurifrons)
16. Myna, Common (Acridotheres tristis)
17. Myna, Javan (Acridotheres javanicus)
18. Oriole, Black-Naped (Oriolus chinensis)
19. Parrot, Blue-Crowned Hanging (Loriculus galgulus)
20. Pigeon, Pink-Necked Green (Treron vernans)
21. Robin, Oriental Magpie (Copsychus saularis)
22. Shrike, Brown (Lanius cristatus)
23. Sparrow, Eurasian-Tree (Passer montanus)
24. Starling, Asian-Glossy (Aplonis panayensis)
25. Stork, Painted (Mycteria leucocephala)
26. Swallow, Paciﬁc (Hirundo tahitica)
27. Tailorbird, Common (Orthotomus sutorius)
28. Woodpecker, Crimson-Winged (Picus puniceus)
29. Woodpecker, Rufous (Celeus brachyurus)
The general feedback indicated that the morning was a great success, with heaps of enthusiasm amongst the new comers having just spent the morning up-close with nature.
Text by John Steed
Photos by PikWun Chin