Birds Photography at Old Pump House Road – Genting Highland
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I heard a lot about the birding trail at Genting Highland in Malaysia, particularly the Old Pump House trail at GohTong Jaya. I always wanted to go there, but didn’t have a time to join the MNS (Malaysia Nature Society) trip last year. Last weekend my dream come true as I had an opportunity to birding there and guided by my new found blogger friend – Wai Yen. – Thank you Yen! I supposed to meet Yen at 7.0oam at the Sri Malaysia Hotel at GohTong Jaya, so I woke up at 5.00am then driving all the way up the mountain. Arrived 10 minutes before 7.00 and noticed a lot of activities there and rows of cars with Electcoms logo. Electcoms Jelajah Malaysia (Tour of Malaysia Bicycle Race) – Stage 7 (which end at Genting) competition going to take place in front of that hotel.
Tours of Malaysia Support Cars
The trail is actually a private properties, a service road for maintenance of a water pump for the Genting Highland Resort. The gate officially only open on Sunday, but we found the gate opened last Saturday. So, we went in following the jogger that frequent the area. Lucky we meet the owner of the pump (I forgot his name), and he happily allowed us to birding there. This front gate photo is from Uncle Khong’s Travel Guide site (used with permission).
We saw a lot of birds, but only ONE Lifer for us that day. Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus), size: 28cm
Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus)
We miss the Scarlet Rumped Trogon and had a glimpsed of Great Hornbill that make a loud call at a very tall trees.
The photos below are a few birds and non-bird that I found there. Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris) – female above and male below
Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii) – male
Dusky Leaf Monkey or Spectacled Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)
wild orchid – probably Arundina graminifolia These two little dogs are guarding the pump house – pretty harmless!
This is the end part of the road to the Old Pump House – Oil tanker just arrived to refill the pump engine. The road is about 3 km one way, so we walked six km carrying more than 7kg of photography gear – that with tinny 400mm (1.25kg) lenses. I don’t know how those photographers carrying 500mm (3.9kg) and that 600mm bazooka (5.4kg)
The legendary Old Pump House.
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