Besides making a trip on the first day, to Gua Tempurung in Gopeng, where the BC quartet managed to shoot quite a number of different species, including some rare Hesperiidae and Lycaenidae, our mission was accomplished when most of us managed to shoot the Dragontails and the Banded Peacock - two species frequently seen in that area.
But the subject of this blog article is our second day's trip to the Kuala Woh Recreational Forest Park. Having been there many decades back as a school kid with my mentor, I had fond memories of Kuala Woh, where I had collected many species that I had not encountered before. But amongst my most memorable encounters was with the black and emerald Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana albescens).
Situated about 13 km from Tapah Town, the Kuala Woh Recreational Forest today has many user-friendly facilities for picnickers and nature lovers. As it was a long weekend in Malaysia, with a public holiday, many locals were out in numbers, swimming in the river, enjoying a day out their their family members and having a fun day out at the recreational forest.
A special sign paying tribute to the King Among Butterflies!
When the four of us arrived at Kuala Woh, the car park was already quite packed, and there were many families out to enjoy themselves on this warm humid day. After a quick recce, we headed for the banks of the river. We were pleased to see a number of the Rajah Brooke's Birdwings puddling at the sandy banks just beside the river.