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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Barn Owl
Barn Owl
(Tyto alba)

Taken on Sunday, 13th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Mountain Hawk-eagle
Mountain Hawk-eagle
(Nisaetus nipalensis)

Taken on Friday, 11th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Great Hornbill
Great Hornbill
(Buceros bicornis)

Taken on Friday, 11th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Great Hornbill
Great Hornbill
(Buceros bicornis)

Taken on Friday, 11th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Wreathed Hornbill
Wreathed Hornbill
(Aceros undulatus)

Taken on Friday, 11th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Pied Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
(Cracticus nigrogularis nigrogularis)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
(Todiramphus sanctus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
(Todiramphus sanctus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Australian Magpie
Australian Magpie
(Gymnorhina tibicen)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Varied Triller
Varied Triller
(Lalage leucomela leucomela)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Willie-wagtail
Willie-wagtail
(Rhipidura leucophrys leucophrys)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Leaden Flycatcher
Leaden Flycatcher
(Myiagra rubecula yorki)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
(Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Spangled Drongo
Spangled Drongo
(Dicrurus bracteatus bracteatus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Red-backed Fairywren
Red-backed Fairywren
(Malurus melanocephalus melanocephalus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Red-backed Fairywren
Red-backed Fairywren
(Malurus melanocephalus melanocephalus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Golden Whistler
Golden Whistler
(Pachycephala pectoralis pectoralis)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
(Geopelia humeralis humeralis)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Brush Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
(Cacomantis variolosus variolosus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Rufous Fantail
Rufous Fantail
(Rhipidura rufifrons intermedia)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Australasian Grebe
Australasian Grebe
(Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Common Coot
Common Coot
(Fulica atra)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Black-faced Monarch
Black-faced Monarch
(Monarcha melanopsis)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Rufous Whistler
Rufous Whistler
(Pachycephala rufiventris rufiventris)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014
Australasian Figbird
Australasian Figbird
(Sphecotheres vieilloti vieilloti)

Taken on Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Wood Duck
(Chenonetta jubata)

Taken on Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Pale-headed Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella
(Platycercus adscitus palliceps)

Taken on Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel
(Falco cenchroides)

Taken on Tuesday, 4th March 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird
(Nectarinia jugularis frenatus)

Taken on Tuesday, 4th March 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 24th March 2014
White-throated Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
(Melithreptus albogularis albogularis)

Taken on Monday, 3rd March 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra
(Dacelo novaeguineae novaeguineae)

Taken on Monday, 3rd March 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra
(Dacelo novaeguineae novaeguineae)

Taken on Friday, 28th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Spectacled Monarch
Spectacled Monarch
(Monarcha trivirgatus gouldii)

Taken on Friday, 28th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Large-billed Scrubwren
Large-billed Scrubwren
(Sericornis magnirostra viridior)

Taken on Friday, 28th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Bush Thick-knee
Bush Thick-knee
(Burhinus grallarius)

Taken on Friday, 28th February 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 24th March 2014
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
(Calyptorhynchus banksii banksii)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle
(Aquila audax audax)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch
(Neochmia temporalis temporalis)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Eungella Honeyeater
Eungella Honeyeater
(Lichenostomus hindwoodi)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Australian King-parrot
Australian King-parrot
(Alisterus scapularis)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Topknot Pigeon
Topknot Pigeon
(Lopholaimus antarcticus)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush
(Colluricincla harmonica harmonica)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Regent Bowerbird
Regent Bowerbird
(Sericulus chrysocephalus)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Satin Flycatcher
Satin Flycatcher
(Myiagra cyanoleuca)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Lewin's Honeyeater
Lewin's Honeyeater
(Meliphaga lewinii mab)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Yellow Honeyeater
Yellow Honeyeater
(Lichenostomus flavus)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Masked Lapwing
Masked Lapwing
(Vanellus miles novaehollandiae)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
(Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Black-faced Monarch
Black-faced Monarch
(Monarcha melanopsis)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Dusky Myzomela
Dusky Myzomela
(Myzomela obscura harterti)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
(Eopsaltria australis chrysorrhoa)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
White-browed Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren
(Sericornis frontalis laevigaster)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Silvereye
Silvereye
(Zosterops lateralis vegetus)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Friday, 14th March 2014
Brown Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
(Acanthiza pusilla dawsonensis)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 24th March 2014
Little Black Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
(Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Black Duck
(Anas superciliosa)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Helmeted Friarbird
Helmeted Friarbird
(Philemon buceroides yorki)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Straw-necked Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
(Threskiornis spinicollis)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
(Cacatua galerita galerita)

Taken on Monday, 24th February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Crested Pigeon
Crested Pigeon
(Ocyphaps lophotes)

Taken on Monday, 24th February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Wood Duck
(Chenonetta jubata)

Taken on Monday, 24th February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Australian Brush-turkey
Australian Brush-turkey
(Alectura lathami lathami)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird
(Cracticus torquatus leucopterus)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant
(Phalacrocorax carbo)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
(Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
(Elseyornis melanops)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Australasian Figbird
Australasian Figbird
(Sphecotheres vieilloti vieilloti)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner
(Manorina melanocephala lepidota)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Australian Pelican
Australian Pelican
(Pelecanus conspicillatus)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Wednesday, 12th March 2014
White-headed Pigeon
White-headed Pigeon
(Columba leucomela)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Royal Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill
(Platalea regia)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Thursday, 13th March 2014
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
(Elseyornis melanops)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Masked Lapwing
Masked Lapwing
(Vanellus miles novaehollandiae)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
(Gallinula chloropus)

Taken on Monday, 24th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Australian Pelican
Australian Pelican
(Pelecanus conspicillatus)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Bush Thick-knee
Bush Thick-knee
(Burhinus grallarius)

Taken on Friday, 28th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Wood Duck
(Chenonetta jubata)

Taken on Monday, 24th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird
(Nectarinia jugularis frenatus)

Taken on Tuesday, 4th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush
(Colluricincla harmonica harmonica)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Pale-headed Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella
(Platycercus adscitus palliceps)

Taken on Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
(Eopsaltria australis chrysorrhoa)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Crested Pigeon
Crested Pigeon
(Ocyphaps lophotes)

Taken on Monday, 24th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner
(Manorina melanocephala lepidota)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
(Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra
(Dacelo novaeguineae novaeguineae)

Taken on Monday, 3rd March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
(Todiramphus sanctus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
(Todiramphus sanctus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel
(Falco cenchroides)

Taken on Tuesday, 4th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Straw-necked Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
(Threskiornis spinicollis)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
White-throated Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
(Melithreptus albogularis albogularis)

Taken on Monday, 3rd March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Helmeted Friarbird
Helmeted Friarbird
(Philemon buceroides yorki)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch
(Neochmia temporalis temporalis)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Australasian Figbird
Australasian Figbird
(Sphecotheres vieilloti vieilloti)

Taken on Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Black Duck
(Anas superciliosa)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Brush Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
(Cacomantis variolosus variolosus)

Taken on Thursday, 6th March 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
(Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Little Black Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
(Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant
(Phalacrocorax carbo)

Taken on Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Little Corella
Little Corella
(Cacatua sanguinea gymnopsis)

Taken on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
(Cacatua galerita galerita)

Taken on Monday, 24th February 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
(Calyptorhynchus banksii banksii)

Taken on Thursday, 27th February 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Banded Kingfisher
Banded Kingfisher
(Lacedo pulchella pulchella)

Taken on Sunday, 13th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Wreathed Hornbill
Wreathed Hornbill
(Aceros undulatus)

Taken on Friday, 11th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Great Hornbill
Great Hornbill
(Buceros bicornis)

Taken on Friday, 11th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Great Hornbill
Great Hornbill
(Buceros bicornis)

Taken on Saturday, 12th April 2014
Uploaded on Monday, 14th April 2014
Platypus
Platypus
(Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Taken on Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Uploaded on
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