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Saturday, 20 July 2019

14.07.2019 Birding at Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam

Taman Botani Negara, Shah Alam was reopened on 25th June 2019 to public after the closure due to some renovation works. However we found that some roads/trails were still closed due to safety issues. Quite disappointed.

With a heavy heart we proceed to the paddy field area, it was kind of empty. I managed to sight a pair of Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker on the fig tree located at the middle of the paddy field.

Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker

Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker

Then we walked towards the Animal Farm. Murugesan and I manage to find few Red Cheeked Parakeets (originally know as the Long Tailed Parakeets) on a high perch. They seem like preparing to nest. Suddenly a small party of Brown Barbets burst out from nowhere, perched on a branch nearby.

Red Cheeked Parakeet

Red Cheeked Parakeets

Red Cheeked Parakeets

We then walked towards the flying fox area, where we found a troop of Dusky Leaf Monkeys having their breakfast. As I wrote before, this species is classified as "Near Threatened" by IUCN.

Dusky Leaf Monkeys

A pair of Raffles Malkoha (Lifer!) grabbed our attention too near the buffalo area. After grabbed some photos of the malkoha, I went to feed the buffalo kept in the park. Quite tame.

Raffle's Malkoha (Female) - Lifer

Raffle's Malkoha (Female)

Raffle's Malkoha (Female)

Raffle's Malkoha (Male)

At the lotus patch nearby, we sighted a Square Tailed Drongo Cuckoo (Lifer!) hunting caterpillars from the lotus leaves.

Square Tailed Drongo Cuckoo - Lifer. Due to distance, the shot is rather not clear.

Unable to grab more photos since the promising roads and trails had been closed. time.

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