Archive for November, 2012

North Sulawesi – TRIP REPORT – November 2012

North Sulawesi – Trip Report – November 2012 I’d had the aim of visiting Indonesia and Sulawesi in particular for a while and I finally got the chance in November this year. Unfortunately, time was limited so I spent the 3 full days based at the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve in Northern Sulawesi. 19th November […]


North Sulawasi – Tangkoko and the surrounding area

North Sulawasi – Tangkoko and the surrounding area Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve (Tangkoko) is the most accessible place to view the Sulawesi lowland fauna and flora – including around 50 of the Sulawesi endemic birds.  It can also be combined with trips to the highlands (Lore Lindu) or Halmahera if time allows to increase the […]


Scarlet Rumped Trogon – Display

Scarlet Rumped Trogon – Display During a visit to Taman Negara in October 2012, I encountered a mixed bird wave which included an immature Scarlet Rumped Trogon.  The unusual thing was that the trogon repeatedly performed a dramatic fanning of it’s tail whilst making a call I had not heard before. The call was as […]


Taman Negara – TRIP REPORT – October 2012

Taman Negara – Trip Report – October 2012 I visited the Sungai Relau (Merapoh) part of Taman Negara for the second time in early October.  As I’d spent the previous night near Bukit Tinggi, I arrived at around 3:30pm after leaving there just after midday.  As before, I hadn’t made any prior arrangements but had no […]


Taman Negara – Sungai Relau (Merapoh)

Taman Negara is the largest and probably most famous National Park in Malaysia, covering 4,343 square kilometers of what is described as “the world’s oldest tropical rainforest”. For the nature lover, this means a whole lot of opportunities to see SE Asia’s lowland wildlife.  It also unfortunately means a lot of leeches, periods of seeing […]


Bukit Tinggi – TRIP REPORT – October 2012

Following a tip off about a nesting Banded Kingfisher at Bukit Tinggi, I arranged to make a side trip there at the start of a pre-arranged trip to Taman Negara.  As usual for my Malaysian trips, I flew into KLIA and hired a car there.  Bukit Tinggi is fairly easy to get to, taking about […]


Fraser’s Hill – TRIP REPORT – Sept 2012

21st September 2012 September allowed a long weekend trip up to one of my favorite spots in Malaysia – Fraser’s Hill.  As usual, I got a cheap flight up to KLIA and hired a car from Hertz Sime Darby.  The journey up was pretty uneventful and I was soon off the E1 Expressway on Route […]