No bird trip is complete without taking the boat ride in Langkawi! We 3 musketeers (Indera, Riz and I), took on a boat trip which covered the renowned Kilim Park. We boarded our boat at the Kilim pier and quickly head off into the mangroves. Whilst I was trying to stabalise my tripod (it’s my first time photographing on a boat!), Indera spotted a Black Capped Kingfisher! I have seen black capped kingfisher before, but never so close! The boatman was obviously a pro. He silently manouvered the boat to the
hungry bird (feasting on crab) and we were so close to it that I held my breath, fearing it would fly away!
As our boat moved along the river bank, we saw more dusky monkeys and mangrove pit vipers (yikes!!) hanging and dangling on trees. My fear for snakes was soon distracted when we spotted Common Kingfishers, Collared Kingfishers and then the endemic Brown Winged Kingfisher! Thank God for that!
As we make way to the raptors “feeding ground”, I saw a White Bellied Sea Eagle perching right in front of us. And as our boat swerved to a corner, I knew we’ve arrived at destination. There were other boats idling along the waterbanks… Several tour companies in Langkawi organise boat trips to this area to see Bhraminy Kites, White bellied Sea Eagles and other raptors; and to attract the raptors, chicken meat were thrown into the river (I personally do not agree to such acts, but for now, let’s set aside this sensitive topic!)
Obviously, both Riz and I were in awe. There were so many raptors- soaring in the sky, fishing in the water, and even roosting on trees! I quickly changed to my zoom lens 70-200mm, which turned out to be a good idea as the raptors were so close!
It was truly an enjoyable boating birding experience. Here’s a pic of us on the boat!
For your information, the Kilim Park is one of the geoparks to be officially endorsed by UNESCO. Click here for more information.