Guided by Scott Watson. This was a set-departure tour. The tour linked up with Borneo – click here to see that trip report.
This set departure tour (which links up with the Borneo set departure) is the ultimate South East Asian birding introduction, maximizing the most diverse sites in the region in a short amount of time. In only eight days we saw 235 species of birds and 18 species of mammals, all in first world Peninsular Malaysia. Great infrastructure, great food, and amazing people all add to the joy of this tour. We started in the lush coastal mangroves of Kuala Selangor where we cleaned up on mangrove specialists while taking in the sites. Next we went up to world famous Bukit Fraser or Fraser’s Hill where we enjoyed massive feeding flocks of montane species and a host of cool raptors from the striking Blyth’s Hawk-Eagle to the diminutive Black-thighed Falconet. Our final site was in the lowland ancient rainforests of Taman Negara where Hornbills, Babblers, and the tricky Malaysian Rail-Babbler were on display. Peninsular Malaysia offers up a great duo of easy travel and some of the best birding in Southeast Asia.