Peninsular Malaysia 2 - A one-week visit to Fraser's Hill
Saturday 8th October – Sunday 16th October 2011
Our unique 7-night visit to the cool montane forests of Fraser's Hill provides us with an excellent opportunity to explore the mist-enshrouded forests that harbour a bewildering variety of birds at a leisurely pace. From the comfort of our conveniently located lodge we make daily excursions along a network of trails and quiet roads that bisects this vast wilderness in search of an interesting mix of tropical and Himalayan species. This is a perfect destination for the visiting birder with its temperate climate and an abundance of spectacular birds, and it is no wonder that this former British hill station is one of the most famous birding locations in the world. The broadleaved evergreen forests in the Malay highlands harbour a spectacular avifauna which will at once bewilder and delight and certainly leave us longing for more.
Day 1 Kuala Lumpur – Fraser's Hill
After our arrival in Kuala Lumpur we will drive to the mist-enshrouded former British hill station of Fraser's Hill, situated at 1000m in the central Malay highlands. There is no escaping the former colonial charm of this picturesque site and it is one of Asia's classic birding destinations. With a pleasantly cool climate and a bountiful selection of tropical birds we are sure of a fantastic time here. After checking in to our lodge for a 7 night stay there should be plenty of time to begin our exploration of the surrounding forest.
Days 2 - 7 Fraser's Hill
During the next 6 days we will have plenty of time to explore the numerous trails around the attractive former hill station of Fraser's Hill. Set amidst mature broadleaved evergreen forest at around 1000m this is a wonderful area of forested hills that stretch to the horizon. Our birding will usually be done from well marked trails or from the road which enables pretty decent viewing conditions to sift through the numerous mixed feeding flocks that occur. As always we will target the special birds which here include Mountain Peacock-pheasant, Malaysian Partridge, Bushy-crested and Rhinoceros Hornbills, the endemic Malayan Whistling-thrush, Malayan and Black Laughingthrushes, Fire-tufted Barbet, Rusty-naped Pitta, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Javan Cuckooshrike, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Blue Nuthatch, Collared Babbler and Marbled Wren-babbler. A huge variety of other species are possible here and include an interesting mix of Himalayan and distinctly tropical species including Blyth's Hawk-eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Black-thighed Falconet, Green-billed Malkoha, Mountain Imperial-pigeon, Yellow-vented Green-pigeon, Little Cuckoo-dove, Sunda Cuckoo, Collared Owlet, Glossy Swiftlet, Whiskered Treeswift, Helmeted and Wreathed Hornbills, Orange-breasted and Red-headed Trogons, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Speckled Piculet, Buff-rumped, Checker-throated, Bamboo and Bay Woodpeckers, Greater and Lesser Yellownapes, Black-browed and Gold-whiskered Barbets, Silver-breasted and Long-tailed Broadbills, Pale Blue, Hill Blue and Little Pied Flycatchers, Large Niltava, White-tailed Robin, Lesser Shortwing, Grey-chinned Minivet, Ochraceous, Black-crested and Mountain Bulbuls, Greater and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos, Sultan Tit, Himalayan Cutia, Pygmy and Streaked Wren-babblers, Large Scimitar-babbler, Buff-breasted Babbler, Grey-throated, Collared and Golden Babblers, Streaked and Pygmy Wren-babblers, Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia, White-browed and Black-eared Shrike-babblers, Blue-winged Minla, Mountain Fulvetta, White-bellied Erpornis, Long-tailed Sibia, Slaty-backed Forktail, Yellow-bellied and Mountain Leaf-warblers, Mountain Tailorbird, Everett's White-eye, Black-throated Sunbird, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Streaked Spiderhunter and Green Magpie.
Day 8Fraser's Hill – Kuala Lumpur
We will spend the morning birding here trying to connect with any species still missing from our lists before heading back to Kuala Lumpur for an overnight stay.
Day 9 End of Tour
This morning we will transfer to the international airport in readiness for our departure from Kuala Lumpur and the conclusion of the tour.
Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 4 and maximum 8 with 1 leader.
Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms en-suite, all ground transport, breakfasts and lunches, all entrance fees, and services of leader.
Not included: International airfare, insurance, dinners, departure tax, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature.
Accommodation: Good.We will stay in a comfortable hotel at the hill station of Fraser's Hill and close to all the birding sites.
Tour Code: This is a standard to easy birding tour, designed for the birder who wants to stay in one hotel for a whole week and really get to know the local avifauna. There is the opportunity to opt out of any excursion as we will return here for lunch most days. There will be optional early morning bird walks and some long days in the field. Most of our time will be spent on foot, although our bus will always be close by. Expect a rather cool climate with days being generally warm, but cooler in the early morning and overnight. There is a chance of some light showers.
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