Sungai Congkak Forest: Beautiful Birds and Flying Lizards

I made sure to arrive a few days early before presenting my research at the International Congress for Conservation Biology conference in Kuala Lumpur. Having never been to Malaysia before, I definitely wanted to take some time to explore. Sungai Congkak Forest was not on my list of things to do, but when my friend/collaborator invited me to go birding there, I decided to get out of the big city and see some nature!

In this blog post, I share my photos from our day trip there. I also included photos from Nilanjan Chatterjee, who invited me to go on this trip and had a MUCH better camera! All of the close-up photos of animals are from him (thank you!). Enjoy!

Sungai Congkak Forest had a beautiful stream throughout the park.
Look how clean this stream is!
A picture of a forest
Fresh air in the forest.
A picture of a stream basin
I am hoping to see a freshwater fish.
A picture of the sunrise within the forest
The sun started to shine!
A picture of the lodging area in the forest
You can also camp at Sungai Congkak Forest. There were a lot tents set up along the river.
A picture of medic in training
Group of medics training in the forest.
Sungai Congkak Forest
The water is so clean that it can be used for washing clothes.
A picture of a black head bul-bul
Black-headed bulbul
A picture of a checkered-throated woodpecker
Checker-throated woodpecker
Chestnut-naped forktail
A picture of a Draco lizard
Male draco lizard flashing its throat (gular flag) to attract lady lizards. These lizards also “fly” (really glide) by extending their ribs making “wings”.
A closeup picture of a draco lizard
Close-up of the draco lizard.
A closeup picture of a lizard
Another lizard (not sure of species).
A picture of a red-eyed bul-bul
Red-eyed bulbul
broadbill low
Silver-breasted broadbill
thick billed spiderhunter
Thick-billed spider hunter
Dr. Schuttler
Obligatory selfie!
Dead katydid
Katydid that was unfortunately dead, but still cool to see!
Emperor Moth
A type of emerald moth.
A moth (not sure about the species)

Sungai Congkak Forest is definitely outside the city. It took us 45 – 60 minutes to get there. We took a took a taxi there, but then didn’t really have a way to get back. We thought we would be able to get a taxi back, but because it was so remote, this wasn’t a possibility. Our only option was to hitchhike, which I would never do alone. However, because I was with a man and it was during the day, I felt comfortable doing this (for more on safety while traveling, read 5 Mindset Shifts for Traveling Alone). Luckily, a nice woman drove us from the park to the train station, where we got tickets to go back in town. If you’re planning on going to Sungai Congkak Forest, make sure you make a plan for getting there and back!

If you’re going to Kuala Lumpur, make sure you also head out Batu Caves!

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