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Garnet Pitta. PENINSULAR MALAYSIA!
August 24 - September 4, 2023

Spectacular birding in
Southeast Asia!

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Looking for the perfect destination to see an outstanding variety of Asian specialties? Then this trip is for you. Our itinerary visits three of the most famous birding sites of this region, Kuala Selangor, Fraser’s Hill, and Taman Negara. Each of these fabulous areas hold a mouthwatering list of sought after species in this area often referred to as the “Malaysian Amazon” simply because of the huge diversity of wildlife. From the coastal mangroves of Kuala Selangor to the forested trails of Fraser’s Hill and Taman Negara we will be on the look out for an amazing variety of birds and some interesting mammals. Malaysia is a modern country with a high standard of living so you can expect good, comfortable accommodations throughout the tour.

Some of the many species possible on this tour:
Black-and-red Broadbills.Rail-Babbler – Garnet Pitta – Silver-breasted Broadbill – Red-headed Trogon – Blue-bearded Bee-Eater – Green Magpie Black-and-yellow Broadbill – Oriental Bay Owl – Chestnut-naped Forktail – Malayan Banded Pitta – Rufous Piculet – Great Argus – Sultan Tit – Hooded Pitta – Rusty-naped Pitta – Fire-tufted Barbet – Malayan Whistling Thrush – Black Hornbill – Green Broadbill – Diard’s Trogon – Malaysian Partridge – Pygmy Cupwing – Fire-breasted Flowerpecker – Crested Fireback – Malayan Peacock-Pheasant – Black-thighed Falconet – Bamboo Woodpecker – Black-and-red Broadbill – Scarlet-backed Trogon – Straw-headed Bulbul – Silver-eared Mesia – Malaysian Eared Nightjar – Gold-whiskered Barbet – Red-throated Sunbird – Blue-banded Kingfisher – Crested Jay – Crested Partridge – Banded Kingfisher – Orange-breasted Trogon – Gould’s Frogmouth – Reddish Scops-Owl – Rhinoceros Hornbill - Maroon-breasted Philentomas plus many more!

 


Rufous PiculetITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrival Kuala Lumpur
Plan to arrive today in Kuala Lumpur. If time permits we may be able to do some local birding before dinner. Overnight Around Kuala Lumpur (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2: Kuala Selangor
Today we head to Kuala Selangor for more birding. Close to the nearby Kuala Selangor Nature Park we will be able to search the mangroves and lagoons for a variety of interesting species that include Blue-throated Bee-eater, Black-capped and Collared Kingfishers, King Quail, Cinnamon and Yellow Bitterns, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Chestnut-bellied Malkoha, Laced and Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers, Pin-tailed Snipe, White-headed Munia, Ruby-cheeked and Brown-throated Sunbirds, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Mangrove Whistler, Pied Triller, Olive-winged Bulbul, Ashy Tailorbird, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Olive-winged Bulbul, Lesser Coucal, Dollarbird and Pink-necked Green-Pigeon. Overnight Kuala Selangor (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Days 3 - 6: Kuala Selangor – Fraser’s Hill
This morning we will go in search of the elusive Mangrove Pitta and further chances to catch up with any species we missed yesterday. We will then set off the famous birding spot of Fraser’s Hill. This former British hill station situated in the central Malay highlands offer outstanding opportunities to see a wide variety of very sought after species in what is undeniably one of Asia’s top birding destinations. Over the next 4 days we will spend time on trails amongst mature forest that abound with numerous mixed feeding flocks of birds that include such species as Fire-tufted Barbet, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Spectacled, Malayan and Black Laughingthrushes, gorgeous Orange-breasted and Red-headed Trogons, huge Helmeted and Wreathed Hornbills, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Javan Cuckooshrike, Marbled Wren-babbler, Large Niltava, the endemic Malayan Whistling-Thrush, Red-bearded Bee-eater and the difficult Rusty-naped Pitta and Malaysian Partridge. Some of the common species include Streaked Spiderhunter, Black-throated Sunbird, Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, Long-tailed Sibia and the beautiful Silver-eared Mesia. With several days to explore this wonderful location we will be able to bird both the hills that rise to 1500m and the lowlands with a very different set of habitats.

In the hills we can search for Red-headed Trogon, Greater and Lesser Yellownape, Green-billed Malkoha, Blue-eared Barbet. Orange-bellied Leafbird, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Pygmy Cupwing, Lesser Shortwing, Black-eared Shrike-Babbler, Golden Babbler, Silver-breasted and Long-tailed Broadbills, Sultan Tit and Blue Nuthatch. There are possibilities for several mammals here including the Siamang a black hairy gibbon, as well as Banded Leaf-Monkeys. This is also a good are to see Malaysian Eared-Nightjar hawking the treetops at dusk for insects.

Away from the hills we can explore lower areas around the lodge and an area called “The Gap” where a huge variety of other tropical species are possible including Blyth's Hawk-eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Black-thighed Falconet, Mountain Imperial-pigeon, Yellow-vented Green-pigeon, Little Cuckoo-dove, Sunda Cuckoo, Collared Owlet, Glossy Swiftlet, Whiskered Treeswift, Speckled Piculet, Buff-rumped, Checker-throated, Bamboo and Bay Woodpeckers, Greater and Lesser Yellownapes, Black-browed, Brown and Gold-whiskered Barbets, Banded, Black-and-yellow, Pale Blue, Hill Blue and Little Pied Flycatchers, White-tailed Robin, Grey-chinned Minivet, Ochraceous, Black-crested and Mountain Bulbuls, Greater and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos, Sultan Tit, Streaked Wren-babbler, Large and Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babblers, Buff-breasted Babbler, Grey-throated and Golden Babblers, Silver-eared Mesia, Blue-winged Minla, Mountain Fulvetta, White-bellied Erpornis, Long-tailed Sibia, Slaty-backed Forktail, Yellow-bellied and Mountain Leaf-warblers, Mountain Tailorbird, Everett's White-eye, Black-throated Sunbird, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Streaked Spiderhunter and Green Magpie. Wow! That certainly seems enough to keep us busy.  Overnight Fraser’s hill (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

 

Scarlet-rumped Trogon.Day 7 - 10: Fraser’s Hill - Krau – Taman Negara
After our final birding at Fraser's Hill we will set off on the drive to the Krau Forest. Then heading to Bukit Tinggi and the Genting Valley we should find even more species. Today should give us our first chance of finding Black Hornbill, Blue-eared and Gold-whiskered Barbets, Garnet Pitta, Scarlet-backed Trogon, Black-and-yellow Broadbill, and both Black-throated and Short-tailed Babblers.


We will continue our journey to Taman Negara National Park where we will stay for the next 4 nights. Taman Negara National Park protects one of the oldest tropical rainforest in the world and is widely regarded as one of the best reserves in the whole of Asia.

 

From our comfortable lodge surrounded by rainforest we will make daily excursions on the forest trails, returning for lunch each day. The birding here is simply fabulous and as there are no roads in the National Park we will be quietly birding on foot, or even by boat to reach areas that are less disturbed upriver. Birding the fruiting trees right around our comfortable lodge can attract an amazing variety of species with Puff-backed, Grey-bellied, Stripe-throated, Cream-vented, Red-eyed, Spectacled, Grey-cheeked, Yellow-bellied, Hairy-backed, Streaked and the scarce Straw-headed Bulbul, as well as Little, Thick-billed and Large Green-pigeons, Gold-whiskered, Yellow-crowned, Red-throated, Blue-eared and Brown Barbets, the spectacular Green Broadbill, Green, Greater Green, Lesser Green and Blue-winged Leafbirds, Yellow-eared, Spectacled and Grey-breasted Spiderhunters, Crimson-breasted and Yellow-breasted Flowerpeckers, plus Red-throated and Purple-naped Sunbirds.

 

Green BroadbillExploring the network of trails allows us to find a wealth of even more exciting birds that include Great Argus, Crested Partridge, Malayan Peacock-pheasant, Crested Fireback, Black-thighed Falconet, Jambu Fruit-dove, Long-tailed Parakeet, Blue-rumped Parrot, Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot, Violet, Asian Drongo, Banded Bay and Plaintive Cuckoos, Raffles's, Black-bellied, Red-billed and Chestnut-breasted Malkohas, Red-naped, Diard's and Scarlet-rumped Trogons, Rufous Piculet, Crimson-winged, Checker-throated, Banded, Buff-rumped, Buff-necked, Great Slaty, White-bellied, Maroon and Orange-backed Woodpeckers, Banded, Rufous-collared, Rufous-backed and Blue-banded Kingfishers, Black and Rhinoceros Hornbills, Blue-winged, Hooded, Garnet and Malayan Banded Pittas, Black-and-Yellow, Black-and-Red, Green, Dusky and Banded Broadbills, Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Rufous-tailed Shama, Dark-throated Oriole, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Rufous-winged and Maroon-breasted Philentomas, Black-capped, Grey-headed, Chestnut-rumped, Short-tailed, White-chested, Horsfield's and Ferruginous Babblers, Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler, White-crowned and Chestnut-naped Forktails, Dark-necked and Rufous-tailed Tailorbirds, Large Wren-babbler, Brown Fulvetta, Black Magpie and Crested Jay.

And this is the place that with luck we could encounter the difficult Rail-Babbler. We must not forget to keep a look out overhead for Brown-backed and Silver-rumped Needletails, plus Grey-rumped and Whiskered Treeswifts. Once again night birding can be good with Malaysian Eared Nightjar, Oriental Bay Owl, Reddish Scops-Owl, and with luck we could find Large, Javan or even Gould's Frogmouth.


There are a few mammals around Taman Negara, with possibilities of Giant Squirrel, Malay Civet, and the tiny Lesser Mouse-Deer and huge Sambar. Overnight Taman Negara (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 11: Taman Negara – Bukit Tinggi
After some final morning birding in Teman Negara we will head towards Bukit Tinggi and the Genting Valley where we should find even more species. Today should give us a chance of finding Black Hornbill, Blue-eared and Gold-whiskered Barbets, Garnet Pitta, Scarlet-backed Trogon, Black-and-yellow Broadbill, and both Black-throated and Short-tailed Babblers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Bukit Tinggi – Kuala Lumpar – End of tour
Today we will do some early morning birding in the area before setting off towards Kuala Lumpur for our afternoon/evening flights.

 

Leaders: Steve Bird and Gina Nichol with local guides throughout

Banded Woodpecker. Peninsular Malaysia
August 24 - September 4, 2023

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TOUR PRICE: US $4295.00 per person based on double occupancy from Kuala Lumpur.  Price based on exchange rates at the time the tour was posted (**see note below).
Single supplement: US $850.00 per person, subject to availability.

Deposit: $1000.00 per person per tour. Note: Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal.  Use this link to make your credit card payment.  Please advise [email protected] when you have made payment. 

Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 5 and maximum 10.

Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms en-suite, all meals from dinner on 24th Aug to Lunch on 4th Sept, group transfers, ground transport throughout, boat transfer, and boat trips, all park entrance fees, water and services of English-speaking leaders and local guide.

Not included: International flight, luggage charges, passport/visa fees, insurance, drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature. Also, any and all costs arising from pandemic or Covid-19 related issues are not included in the tour cost and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. These include, among others, the costs of Covid treatment, hospitalization, medical fees, transport, meals and accommodation in case of illness or quarantine, and the costs of any Covid tests needed before, during and after the tour.



Tour Code: This is a standard birding tour with all day birding. No particular strenuous walks are planned but there are some uphill treks.  Birding is mostly from open roads, wide tracks and boats. To see a good amount of specialties you need to be prepared for full days. We will generally start early and either have an early breakfast or return for breakfast. Lunches will be either picnic or at the lodges depending on our schedule.

 

NOTE: This tour is being run in association with Bird's Wildilfe & Nature Tours of Plymouth, England.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour:

1) Contact Gina Nichol at [email protected] to confirm availability and hold your place.

2) Review the Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)>

3) Complete the Registration & Release Form (pdf)> and mail it with your deposit of US$1000.00 per person to Sunrise Birding, LLC within two weeks to secure your place. 

>Download & print the Registration Form (pdf download).
Instructions are on the form.

Reservations are held with a paid deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once the tour is confirmed to go ahead, we will send you information about booking your flights. Please do not book flights until you receive this information from us and are notified that the trip has sufficient numbers to run. Final payment is due April 24, 2023.

**Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Please review our Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)> prior to registering for this tour. All cancellations must be made in writing. Please ensure that you take out adequate insurance to cover this and any other eventuality as early as possible. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur.


There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

TRIP INSURANCE:
Sunrise Birding LLC strongly recommends that you consider purchasing a travel protection plan to protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected in case of delay, injury or illness prior to or during a tour. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss and Delay, Emergency Medical Transportation, Pre-existing Conditions, and more.

 

There are many trip insurers. Here are two options to consider:

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PLEASE NOTE:

  • Insurance policy requirements vary and the timing of your purchase can affect coverage. Some insurance providers require that for coverage of pre-existing conditions, a policy must be purchased within 7-14 days of booking. Others, like CSA, offer policies that cover pre-existing conditions as long as the policy is purchased prior to making your final payment for the tour.

  • Trip insurance policy premiums may be non-refundable, but they may be able to be amended or transferred. Check with your insurer. It is important to be sure that the tour is sufficiently subscribed to operate before you purchase trip insurance.

  • Pay attention to coverages provided by your policy. Be aware of the requirements of country or destination can change, so check often. Some policies are now offering Covid related coverages so check with your insurer.

  • US medical insurance plans (including Medicare) often do not provide coverage outside the US. The US State Department strongly advises Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and if it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Consult with your insurer prior to your trip to ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider directly or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Be sure to get and keep all documentation of any expenses incurred.

 


All Photos by Liew Weng Keong & Endemic Guides