Birding Trip to Merapoh

March 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Birdwatching is one of the activities that is fast becoming a favourite past-time for many avid nature lovers here in Malaysia. Though some birdwatchers may travel overseas to indulge in their favourite past-time, birdwatchers would be pleased to know that they do not need to travel so far in order to catch a glimpse of these birds. Bird watching groups formed by bird lovers in Malaysia do organise bird-watching trips to our Malaysian forests on a regular basis. Certain tour companies also offer bird-watching tours for bird lovers to explore and participate.

A male Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker using its tongue to get into the hollow stem

For all bird lovers out there, The Selangor Branch Bird Group will be organising a birding trip via the western entrance to Taman Negara known as Merapoh on the 25th March 2011. The group will be using the 13 kilometre long jeep track which will bring hikers to the base of Gunung Tahan, where bird lovers can seek out the exotic birds of the Malaysian lowland rainforest. The group will then proceed to Sungai Relau Ranger Station, where they will continue with the birdwatching session. Though there will not be any strenuous hikes, there may be long walks during the outing.

Male Rufous Whistler

The cost for the trip is priced at RM320 per person which includes transportation, accommodation, six meals (three lunches and three dinners) as well as insurance. Booking is done based on first-come-first-serve basis with fully payment as only limited seats are available. There are no refunds for cancellations made by participants. For those who are interested, please contact Wilbur Goh at 012 263 5610 (SMS anytime or call only after 7.00 pm) or email wilbur_goh@yahoo.com latest by 11th March 2011. There will be a pre-trip meeting to be held on 17th March 2010 to discuss on arrangements for the trip.

A female Mangrove Golden Whistler

Photos (c) Lip Kee, Frank. Vassen

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