Sungai Cacing - one of the famous river present in Taman Negara Terengganu
My current ground, Taman Negara Terengganu located in a north-east part of Malaysia which is claimed to be one of the most remote area in Peninsular Malaysia, with the largest man-made lake bound to the area - this is the heaven for fishermen and nature-lover. This protected area consist mostly of elevated land and conducting the wildlife study - especially large mammals is not an easy task.
One of the tiger pugmark recorded in the study area
Historically, in 1954 an English officer who in charge to administrate Southern part of Terengganu State named Locke (tiger is one of his interest) claimed that Terengganu State as 'Tiger infested land' but today, to find this pugmark take a great deal, sometimes in a solid 7 days of field work we cannot locate any tiger sign.
In term of avifauna, This area is really good for Hornbills which I had recorded 7 species of hornbills. In term of raptor, I had record a total of 5 fish eagle nest in this area. Fish eagle is common in this area, the sightings of this species is a daily must but still can't find 'rare' raptor such as bat-hawk however.
A poor Crested-tree swift rescued from the river
Grey-headed Fish Eagle captured in close proximity
Conducting this study, we have to move on foot and I sometime think that I should change my blog name from birding on bike to birding on foot. As I have to focus my study on tiger, this will not erased my main interest to birds...
For now, more stuff to come this year hopefully....