Spoting scopes are set up for a better view
The entire group inside the forest
City slickers do not wake up on Sundays at 6 in the morning unless they are, of course, bird watchers. We are a special breed (it wouldn't be fair to call us crazy) of people. We awake with more enthusiasm and spirit on Sundays, while the norms slumber on oblivious that dawn has already broken. We then drive miles to a forest or wet land, park out bums in a chosen spot and OUT with the binoculous. The sight of any bird brings much excitment and a flutter of activity, something that non bird watchers cannot hope to understand. Questions are whispered back and forth, "Size, shape, colour, orbital rings, eye strip, ear coverts" and fingers deftly flick through pages of the field guide. It is a ritual. Is this normal?
I have been watching birds for over 21 years, actually 9 years to be exact. I sort-of-stopped for 12 years while MartianGirl was growing up. There were about 30 of us on Sunday gathered at the Forest Reserve Institute Malaysia (FRIM) car park. FRIM is a fantastic park for bird watching with its wetlands and forests. I was surprised to meet young kids already into birds, and ten year olds discussing about posting bird and insect photographs in their blogs. And I thought I was pretty smart!! We managed 3 hours of walking, "binoculing" and saw the Crimson-winged Wood pecker, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Diard's Trogan and a magnificent Crested Serpent-eagle in flight.
A Kingfisher's Haven in FRIM
These kids were really keen on bird watching
FRIM is a 600 hecters research centre in Kepong. It started as a planted forest in 1929. FRIM offers jungle trails, camping grounds, waterfalls, wetlands, museum, insectarium, arboreta and a canopy walkway. The park is popular with joggers in the morning, offers activities for student groups and conducts workshops in horticulture. It is open to the public everyday.
Bird Group, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)