|Are you ready for night action?!|
Night herping is the act of looking for and observing reptiles and amphibians. We went in a group, led by an extremely passionate and knowledgeable herper Steven Wong. We were given briefing before heading out to the other world. Steven hopes to ward off the negative stigma that is attached to reptiles and amphibians by educating the public about them.
|Program is conducted at night by Steven Wong, head coordinator of the Herpetofauna Special Interest Group of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Selangor branch.|
|Adventure starts at Awana Park|
|Herping in groups where there is lots of company and safety|
|Steven spotted our first subject!|
|The Twin-spotted Gecko (Gekko monarchus)|
|Our second subject spotted|
|The Siamese Pit Viper (Trimeresurus fucatus)|
|The Four-lined Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax)|
|Look what we found next!|
|Pink-headed Reed Snake (Calamaria schlegeli)|
|Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)|
My nervousness disappeared the moment we spotted our first subject. I actually enjoyed the session. Every finding did excite me instead of make cringe like I thought I would. The fact that the findings were shared with friends and photographed like a treasure was memorable and fun.
The Awana area has always provided a comfortable temperature for morning walks (or walks at any time of the day in fact). I woke up early for a bird-watching session and it was truely refreshing.
To bird-watch, it is best to come with binoculars or high performance lenses as we can only observe the birds from afar. If you are a novice, going with a knowledgeable guide makes all the difference as he/ she can educate you along the way as to what are you watching through the lenses. When you know what you are looking at and the birds' significance, you will learn to appreciate them and even get hooked!
On my way, I only got a brief sight of the birds as I was not quick enough and did not have powerful enough lenses in hand (lesson learnt). These are the beautiful birds that I have missed on my camera. And only now I come to realize that most of us have taken photographs of animals for granted! These beautiful photographs require not only great lenses but also patience, timing and resilience. They are definitely not captured on the first try. So hats off to all these photographers!
They are willing to wait for days, expect to be disappointed and are attentive at all times. What creature are they waiting for for them to put up with such high level of tolerance? I found new respect for bird-watchers and birders after my own experience of bird-watching at Awana Genting Important Bird Area (IBA). Birds are what they are waiting for and all for just a few moments of appreciation.
|Bird watching at the IBA- Important Bird Area|
|Eddie facilitating the session|
|Watch closely among the trees|
|Avid bird watchers come with extreme lenses|
|The Great Hornbill can be found in the Fashion Forest|
photo credits to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_hornbill
|The Black Browed Barbet was what I saw but could not capture|
Photo credits to http://orientalbirdclub.org
|The Velvet Nuthatch calls Awana/ Genting its home|
Photo credits to http://carolinabirds.org/HTML/Nuthatch.htm
|Orange Breasted Trogon is very colourful|
Photo credits to https://www.pinterest.com/nalabea55/quetzal
The excitement of catching sight of the hornbill was one of a kind. You may know it is beautiful but that is an understatement until you step into the forest and actually watch them.
|It is time to hear and follow the chirps|
|And when you catch sight of one, you'll understand what and why bird watchers do|
|The valley from the IBA bird watching area|
|Fashionably soaking in nature|
|Chatting with Eddie about his experience|
|The incumbent President of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Henry Goh is an experienced birder himself explaining educating us about the different types of birds|
|Turn towards the sun and the shadows fall behind you|
Even if you do not catch sight of birds, take a nature walk to soak it all in
For a herping or bird-watching session, contact
Eddie: 011-26573070/ 012-3076821