Just got the email from Chien Lee, who represented us on a recent scientific expedition to Paya Maga, organised by Sarawak Forest Department (SFD) in collaboration with Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).Paya Maga is located at Ulu Trusan, Lawas at an altitude of 1500-1800 metres. The site can be accessed via Kampung Long Tuyo by four wheel drive vehicles followed by a trek of around 5-6 hours.
A total of 70 participants from SFD, SFC, Sarawak Biodiversity Center, Malaysia Nature Society, Geoscience and Minerals Department, World Wildlife Fund Indonesia, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, University Malaysia Sarawak, Forest Department of Brunei and University of Brunei darussalam have taken part in the expedition.The team was led by Dato Professor Emeritus Dr Haji Mohamad Abdul Majid, Fellow Academy of Sciences Malaysia. The research groups, which includes geologists, botanists and microbiologists, will be divided into various disciplines of studies including Flora, Fauna, Bioculture, Water Quality and Geology.
Here are some of the birds Chien Lee have photographed (from left to right: Whitehead Broadbill Calyptomena whiteheadi, Black oriole Oriolus hosii, Orange-breasted Trogon Harpactes oreskios; the black oriole is indeed an exciting find as it has escaped birders for years in Sarawak, so congratulations to Chien Lee to capture him sharply in frame!!)