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Day 7 (Wednesday, 29th March)

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Back again to the Jelai Hotel for the third day in a row, and we were greeted this morning with a fairly high mist which proved no impedance to the birding. The variety of birds was predictably much the same as we had seen the previous two days, and no new species were recorded. Black-and-crimson Orioles were much more obliging, staying around a lot longer than the brief appearances already shown, even stopping to feed on insects close to. In a similar vein, the Green Magpie considerably extended its visit, being seen on and off for about half an hour. We had seen Everett's White-eye on the Telekom Loop, but three birds here were our first for the hotel, as was an Arctic Warbler. On cue at 9am, the Fire-chested Flowerpecker again put in an appearance, this time feeding on different bushes from yesterday.

Green Magpie

Black-and-crimson Oriole

Green Magpie

Black-and-crimson Oriole

Blue-winged Minla

Long-tailed Sibia

Blue-winged Minla

Long-tailed Sibia

The post breakfast task was to tackle the Bishop's Trail, and for this we decided to park at the mosque and approach via the Hemmant's Trail once more. This was another good decision, since the trail was a lot more lively than on yesterdays visit. Black-throated Sunbird was immediately before the entrance, with a couple of poorly marked Black-eared Shrike-babblers and Mountain Fulvettas a few metres into the walk. One or two small bird waves passed through, notably containing more Black-eared Shrike-babblers, Grey-throated Babblers, Golden Babblers, and the ubiquitous Mountain Fulvettas. White-throated Fantails were putting on a bit of a show - one at each end of the trail - and a single male Large Niltava was at the centre of the trail. A Little Pied Flycatcher was perched briefly on the golf course edge. There was no sign of the Lesser Shortwing seen the previous day, but this was a very brief stop.

We crossed over Jalan Lady Maxwell Drive to enter the Bishop's Trail, exiting about 1½km later at the Muar Cottage. This is probably the easiest direction to take, since the first few hundred metres is much more manicured, and despite having some short steep spots, there are ropes and even (artificial) tree stumps to help the climbing. As we progressed towards the junction with the Maxwell Trail, the slopes became a little steeper, and the path wilder and narrower. Yet the trail wasn't nearly as challenging or enclosed as we had expected. The tactic was to find open areas or streams and stay at these for some time to wait for the birds. We didn't encounter any bird waves in the 3 hours it took to cover the walk, which overall was very productive. Prizes we claimed were Red-headed Trogon, and brief Blue Nuthatch, which were both species we had wanted to see. The first of 2 separate Rufous-browed Flycatchers was very approachable, which may have been due to the possible presence of a nest. We sat at the first stream for some time and picked up Mugimaki Flycatcher, along with 2-3 Mountain Bulbuls. 2 Fire-tufted Barbets passed through. All this was to the backdrop of calling Gibbons, enhancing the truly equatorial experience.

Bishop's Trail

Mountain Fulvetta

Bishop's Trail

Mountain Fulvetta

Red-headed Trogon

Rufous-browed Flycatcher

Red-headed Trogon

Rufous-browed Flycatcher

Mugimaki Flycatcher

Brown Shrike

Mugimaki Flycatcher

Brown Shrike

Since the hotel management had been accommodating enough to allow us to check out in the late afternoon, no doubt aided by the hotel being mainly empty, we had time to visit the tip before departing Fraser's Hill. This is one of the intrigues of birding, where paradoxically a seemingly unwelcoming site can be good for birds. On arrival, we immediately picked out a pair of Lesser Yellownapes, exchanging nest duty in a large bare tree. A Blue Nuthatch made two visits on a smaller bare tree to the windward edge of the tip. A Fiery Minivet and Black-browed Barbet were later additions.


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