After another fruitless pre-dawn owling session, we headed down the road leading to Tasik Meranti, a part of the park I hadn’t visited before.
It was a very steep climb up to the reservoir (we didn’t make it to the end), and the heat was intense.
There was quite a lot of bird activity, but not a great deal of it was in camera-range.
This Asian Drongo Cuckoo was foraging around some shelters put up for picnickers. It was clearly fork-tailed rather than square-tailed, but David told me that there appears to be a complete range of intergrades (in all measurements) between two supposedly distinctive forms at either end of the spectrum.
A male in contemplative pose. The reason that I was able to take so many photos is that the troop seemed reluctant to move into the forest till all the stragglers, including young ones, caught up with the main pack.
Later on, we walked the Wangmu FR trail from Kampung Kaki Bukit, and I was able to take my best photo yet of my former bogey bird – Grey-and-buff Woodpecker – apparently one of the most primitive of all woodpeckers.