We were up pre-dawn to open the nets, and there were a number of Mountain-Scops-Owls calling nearby. Once the nets were dealt with, a group of us set out to attempt to get to grips with one of the elusive owls. I have twice managed to photograph them before, but always partially obscured by branches (see here and here).
The bird proved to be very responsive to a whistled imitation of the call, and we were soon enjoying great views of the little chap.
The nets proved adept at catching Forktails - we caught a family of Slaty-backed - but there was no sight nor sound of any whistling-thrush.
A Buff-breasted Babbler - their 'pitchew' calls are a ubiquitous sound at Fraser's Hill but they are frustratingly difficult to see well.
Mountain Tailorbirds are another common songster at the Hill, but these are the first decent pictures I have managed to get of an adult.
This juvenile looks quite a bit different from the adults.
Black Eagles were seen quite frequently today - this adult...
...and a rather closer subadult carrying a clump of foliage for some unknown reason.
After drawing a blank at the top gate, we decided to divide the troops, leaving some nets at the top gate, and taking others to set up at Jeriau Waterfall, another well-known whistling thrush stake-out. Jeriau is an interesting locality, because there are reports of both Blue and Malayan from the site. Eventually, after several hours wait, we heard the familiar high-pitched call of a whistling thrush, and a bird alighted in the picnic area below the waterfall.
The heavy build, bill and headshape, as well as the pale spots on the median coverts, identified this bird as a Blue. Interestingly it also sported an aluminium ring, presumably from the Wildlife Department. One of several Slaty-backed Forktials we caught was also wearing a Wildlife Department ring.
At dusk we were serenaded by the lilting call of Malysian Eared Nightjars high overhead.