After satiating ourselves with the Devonshire Cream Tea at Ye Olde Smokehouse, we walked down Jalan Air Terjun and saw 2 magnificent creatures fly across our paths. It was huge and had a green bill and an eye patch. Darn, it was the green-billed malkoha! Just 2 months ago, I photographed its chesnut - bellied cousin in Singapore. Too bad this chap wasn't as co-operative as its cousin, it stubbornly stayed in the tree and refused to be photographed. Sigh, since I don't have a picture of the bird, I attach a stamp and a lovely video for your viewing pleasure.
Type:Green Billed Malkoha
Where:Jalan Air Terjun
Video:Click here to see this beautiful bird
This was the first bird that I spotted in Fraser's Hill (and name accurately too) so that's the reason why this is my favourite photograph! Still there are other reasons to love this bird. It looks particularly photogenic and loveable with its plump green body, over-sized head and fiery nasal tufts. Fiery Nasal tufts? That's golden nose hair in birdspeak for you.
Scientific Name: Psilopogon pyrolophus
to see the bird extending its neck.
Where:Fraser's Pine Resort, Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Malaysia
Photography Note:Shooting this plump bird was easy. It has a tendency to pose in trees for the longest time while snacking on palm fruit.
If you do go to Fraser's Hill, do look out for these lovely little beauties, you'll recognise them by their small beaks, delicate feathers and a spot of red on their delicate breast . These birds are attracted to human activity and love to perch on clothes lines and wires festoned on telephone poles.
Type: Pacific Swallow
Scientific Name: Hirundo Tahitica
Video/Sound: Click here to see the bird twitch
Where: The Rubbish Dump Gate at Jalan Air Terjun
Photography Note:Taken with a teleconverter on the Panasonic FZ20. I swear to God I didn't do anything to *** this bird off so I can't understand why it looks miffed at being photographed!
If not for the sharp eyes of our guide and ornithologist, Mike, we would have never spotted this brilliant blue bird. He was sitting deep in the depth of the forest and meditating so silently that none of us saw him at all initially. His female partner was seen earlier and she was a dull brown compared to his brilliant blue coat.
Video:Click here to see the bird in its full glory
Logically speaking, I wasn't meant to get a good shot that day. The skies were dark and overcast and there was a light drizzle. But when I saw these beautiful birds at Termeloh Bungalow, I whipped out my camera immediately. Somehow, I knew there was a chance that the bright pink flowers would brighthen up the pictures. It did.
Type:Streaked Spider Hunter
Where: Ye Olde Smokehouse/Termeloh Bungalow
Photography Tip :You can spot this tiny bird with a beautifully curved beak in the higher region of Fraser's Hill. They're always snacking on the nectar of garden flowers.
Now prior to my Fraser's trip, the only monkeys that I've seen in the wild were tiny long-tailed macaques loitering in parks. So when I first saw this huge gibbon swinging with wild abandon from tree to tree in Fraser's Hill, it was a visual treat for me! I was awed by its long, powerful limbs and how it propelled itself so gracefully in the foliage. It didn't have a tail like most monkeys and the skin on its face, soles and palms were inky black like its thick fur. And when it turned around to look at us, there was something human-like in its expression.
Sound :Click here to hear its whooping call )
Where:Jalan Air Terjun
Photography Tip: I was so stunned by the sight of this huge creature that my shots turned out to be crap! This beautiful picture was taken by my friend, Mithilesh. Mit also spotted this animal below Ye Olde Smokehouse.
I believe that God was in a humorous mood when he created this bird! One look and you'll recognise Bozo the Barbet immediately. He does look like a clown, doesn't he, with no less than 7 colours on his face?
Type:Black Browed Barbet
Sound:This barbet sounds pretty much like a Cicada. Click here to hear its call.
Where:Ye Olde Smokehouse, Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Malaysia
Photography Tip: Honestly, I wasn't in a good mood when I took this picture. I was just told that tea would only be served at 3pm so I was loitering around the garden in a foul mood when this clown appeared. Good thing he appeared, his clownish appearence cheered me up.
For some odd reason, I managed to photograph this handsome olive-winged bird looking so neat and presentable at Fraser's Hill. On other days, this punk bird has a spiky hair do. Was this a bad hair, oops, feather day for him?
Scientific Name: Hypsipetes mcclellandii
Where:Jalan Girdle, Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Malaysia
Photography note: This bird flew right in front of me and posed for a split second on a telephone wire before flying off. What luck! Earlier I had lamented about not getting a good shot of this punk at Jalan Semantan. It must have read my mind.
This little brown bird can be spotted anywhere in Fraser's Hill whenever there are tall grassy foliage. It is so tiny that it can balance itself on a slim grassy stem without falling over!
Type:White Rumped Munia
Where:On the grassy valley beneath Bungalow Glen
Photography Note: Again, it's a beastly affair when it comes to photographing tiny little birds who are nervous and fidgety. I took a series of time-sequence shots before getting one good shot.
If you do happen to go to Fraser's Hill, do look out for this photogenic and colourful little bird. It was our group's favourite bird but we did wonder - with the myraid of colours , why the hell did the name only describe the colour of its ear?
Where:Near the co-op provision shop, Town Centre, Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Malaysia
Photography Tip: A provision shop lady helped me get a good shot of the bird. Really! She kindly put bread crumbs on the ledge while I snapped away.
There is a waterfall near the foot of Fraser's Hill. It is along the way to Fraser's Hill. There is an open space where vehicles can be parked. Vistitors need to walk down the steep slope before reaching the waterfall. Locals love to picnic or simply just spend their time relaxing there.