Paya Indah Wetlands

Sunday, 2nd November 2008

Lotus Flower

Located just a few kilometers from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is the wetlands known as Paya Indah (lovely swamp).We have had 3 attempts at visiting this park, each met with disappointment as it has been closed down for a few years while some controversial renovation took place.

We had heard that the park was reopened, so decided to make a trip there. We arrived at the guard-house at 07:15 only to be greeted by a security guard holding up both arms in an "x" fashion, implying the park was closed. This didn't bode well with me having driven 42km to get there. The guard implied that the park didn't open until 9am. We explained that we were there to see the birds, and that the best time of day to see them was from 07:00. The guard then said that there are no birds at this park. So we had to explain that we wanted to see wild birds, not caged birds, which suprised him. We ended up getting through to a Perhilitan employee who allowed us to enter.

We were quite suprised with the park. It's a really lovely walk through the wetlands. There is a concrete footpath that runs between the lakes making it easy to walk around. I get the impression that the park is trying to work towards a 'handicapped friendly' environment, as it seemed reasonable to believe a wheelchair could make it around the park, once all the loose stones have been swept off.

We didn't know what to expect with regards to the variety of birds, but was pleasantly suprised. Nothing special, but a relatively good count of common birds.

The lakes have mostly been filled with lotus flowers, and looks ideal for Jacana's, Pygmy Geese, Grebe's etc..., but we saw no sign of any of them, just a few yellow bitterns and purple swamphens wondering around the lakes.

MAS aircraft

A couple of off-putting observations are that you have to put up with an aircraft taking off overhead every 90 seconds, and the smell from the nearby Palm Oil Refinery is quite strong if the wind is blowing in the right (or wrong) direction.Here is the list of birds seen this morning.

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Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler
Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler
(Macronous ptilosus)

Taken on Saturday, 26th July 2014
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Rufous-collared Kingfisher
Rufous-collared Kingfisher
(Actenoides concretus)

Taken on Saturday, 26th July 2014
Uploaded on Saturday, 26th July 2014
Dusky Broadbill
Dusky Broadbill
(Corydon sumatranus)

Taken on Tuesday, 15th July 2014
Uploaded on Saturday, 26th July 2014
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(Copsychus malabaricus)

Taken on Saturday, 14th June 2014
Uploaded on Saturday, 26th July 2014
Rufous-tailed Shama
Rufous-tailed Shama
(Trichixos pyrropygus)

Taken on Saturday, 14th June 2014
Uploaded on Saturday, 26th July 2014
Rufous-tailed Shama
Rufous-tailed Shama
(Trichixos pyrropygus)

Taken on Saturday, 14th June 2014
Uploaded on Saturday, 26th July 2014
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