Originally this forest reserve is meant for timber logging purpose. Over the years some of it area was re-gazetted as agricultural land (palm oil plantation). Besides these there is also sand quarrying activities.
However all this facilities are pad locks, yet to have electricity and water supply maybe it is yet to be officiate.
Therefore for those wish to spend the whole day for either birdwatching, for butterfly watching or for others nature appreciations, it is still advisable to pack trail meals.
As this place is the midst to be gazetted and officate as Panti Bird Sanctuary therefore up to the date of my visit there are yet to station any park rangers. For your own safety camping are not advisable. Accomodations can be easily source at Kota Tingi which is about 25 mins drive from here.
How to get there.
From Kuala Lumpur use the north south highway exit at Kulai and then follow the road sign to Kota Tingi, The journey from KL bangi toll takes about 5 hours.
There are a number of reasonable price hotel. The MNS bird group seems to favoured Hotel Seri Kota, Jln Jaafar, Kota Tinggi tel number 07-8838111. The food bazaar is within walking distance to make it easy to pack along food to be taken as trail lunch.
My trip report - Birding at Panti Bird Sanctuary 12/9/2008 -15/9/2008
Birding trip to Panti Forest and Kuala Sedili my first visit is in year 2004. Since then it has implanted in my memories that Panti is indeed haven for bird watching. I do recall I managed collect a number of lifers then. When I got the news that Malaysia Nature Society Selangor Branch Bird group organise trip again at 12th of Sept - 15th of Sept, I quickly grab a place before it was taken off. For this time I have in mind to look out for the Scarlet Breasted Flowerpecker. I do recall very well in year 2004 during my 1st visit to Bunker trail when I spotted a beautiful Male Scarlet Breasted Flowerpecker, that memories still very distinctively engrave in my memory. However I do recall for this trip as I have set an aim to see and able to capture this spp of flowerpecker.. as the time is ticking fast it really set my heart to be more anxious... *****sigh***** .I only manage to sight the female only AARRGGh...
Anyhow this male bird in my wanted list appear to our trip leader Alan only. But the good company of my birding friends on this trip and a few lifers I picked up in this trip seem to set off my anxiety's on that bird in my wanted list. For this trip I manage to have 7 lifers.
Sharing with you all some of the pictures taken from this trail. I do recall it was a hot day on 13th of September. We came back to Bunker Trail at about 3pm+. A few of my birders friends spotted 2 birds keep repeating fly down to this stream. Birds do takes bath to cool down and it is also a part of their feather maintenance routine task. This is a sub-adult bulbul species.
After a dip, it fly up to this perched to preen.Another bird also taking a dip at this clear cool water stream. This is a Cream-Vented bulbul
It is all wet..
Another time of cool dip.
Crested Serpent Eagle, Blyth Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Eagle, Barred Button Quail, Little Green Pigeon, Thick Bellied Pigeon, Blue Rumped Hanging Parrot, Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot, Violet Cuckoo, Chestnut Breasted Malkoha, Chestnut Bellied Malkoha, Black Bellied Malkoha, Red Billed Malkoha, Malaysian Eared Nighjar, Whiskered Tree Swift, Silver Rumped Swiflet, Needle Tailed Swiflet spp, Scarlet Rumped Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Blue Eared Kingfisher, Red Bearded Bee-Eater, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Red Crowned Barbet, Blue Eared Barbet, Brown Barbet, Crimson Winged Woodpecker, Checker-Throated Woodpecker, Grey and Buff Woodpecker, Buff Rumped Woodpecker, Olive Backed Woodpecker, White Bellied Woodpecker, Maroon Woodpecker, Orange Backed Woodpecker, Banded Broadbill, Pacific Swallow, Black-winged Flycatcher Shrike, Large Wood Shrike, Bar Bellied Cuckooshrike, Fiery Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Green Iora, Lesser Green Leafbird, Greater Green Leafbird, Blue Winged Leafbird, Grey Bellied Bulbul, Yellow Vented Bulbul, Olive Winged Bulbul, Cream-Vented Bulbul, Red Eye Bulbul, Finch Bulbul, Spectacled Bulbul, Grey Cheeked Bulbul, Yellow Bellied Bulbul, Hairy Backed Bulbul, Buff-Vented Bulbul, Streaked Bulbul, Greater Racket Tailed Drongo, Black Throated Oriole, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Large Billed Crow, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Fluffy-Backed Tit Babbler, Black Capped Babbler, White Chested Babbler, Sootty Capped Babbler, Rufous Crowd Babbler, Grey Headed Babbler, Chestnut Rumped Babbler, Stripe Tit Babbler, White Rumped Sharma, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Common Tailorbird, Dark-Necked Tailorbird, Rufous-Tailed Tailorbird, Grey Headed Flycatcher, Grey Chested Jungle Flycatcher, Rufous Winged Monarch, Tiger Shrike Juvenile, Hill Myna, Purple Naped Sunbird, Ruby-Cheeked Sunbird, Plain Sunbird, Little Spiderhunter, Scarlet Breasted Flowerpecker, Yellow Breasted Flowerpecker, Orange Bellied Flowerpecker, Crimson Breasted Flowerpecker, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Javan Frogmouth - Female