Sunday, August 17, 2014

Night walk at Kubah National Park

WITH the current warm and dry weather, there is no better place to spend a night than at Kubah National Park.

Twenty-two Malaysian Nature Society members, their spouses and children descended upon Kubah National Park earlier this year.

The night started with participants registering and being allocated accommodation.

After a quick bite for dinner, all assembled for the introduction and briefing.

Then off we went on the short climb (about 1km) towards the famed Frog Pond.

Almost immediately we sighted numerous spiders by the roadside, then fish and prawns in the drain.

Next we encountered the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher sleeping on a branch overhanging the road edge, barely two metres off the ground.

We approached it very carefully and photographed it without flash from about a metre away.

As the night was just barely cool, the bird did not puff itself up (blanket itself with its feathers) and we were able to capture minute details with a macro lens.

Everybody observed the radiant colours with awe for quite a while.

The bird kept calm and stayed put, as it could not see at night to fly.

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