Here is a photo of a Striated Heron bird at Langkawi Island in the north west of Malaysia. This photo was taken during a quick bird watching trip to Darulaman Sanctuary, which is located in the center of Langkawi.
The Striated Heron (Butorides striata) is not easily spotted but during my birding trip to Darulaman Sanctuary, I managed to spot the bird at a small stream towards the end of my trek.
Langkawi Striated Heron Bird
The straited heron is also known as mangrove heron, little heron or green-backed heron, and is a small heron which is only about 44 cm tall.
While I was checking out some of the local butterflies near a stream at Lubuk Semilang, my bird guide Fendi noticed this Striated Heron perched on a rock by the stream.
We observed from a distance and it looked like it was on a hunting spree with its eyes fixated in the water. Of course I took a lot of photos and eventually moved in a little closer to get some close up shots.
However, I had to move slowly as not to startle the striated heron, but at around five meters, the bird noticed me coming and flew away to a nearby tree branch.
Just to add on, you can also find the Striated Heron bird at various other locations around Langkawi, but again, as this is purely nature, it all depends on luck.
Where is Darulaman Sanctuary?
Darulaman Sanctuary is located at Lubuk Semilang and in the center of Langkawi. To get here, you need to use the Jalan Ulu Melaka Road and you will see a signboard that shows Lubuk Semilang or Langkawi Book Village.
There are a few ways of getting here and if you are self driving on finding oyur own way here, you can either rent a car in Langkawi or rent a motorbike to move around.
From Kuah town or Kuah Jetty, it takes roughly 20 minutes drive to get there and from Pantai Cenang or Chenang, it takes around the same time.
In most cases, you would book your slot with the naturalist here before heading here. Also, it is best to book in advance and plan your transportation.
How To Get In Touch With Darulaman Sanctuary?
The place is open daily, but on weekends, you should contact MrFendi who oversees the place. He is also the resident naturalist for the place.
Otherwise, you can always email Mr.Fendi to book a day and time to visit this place. Please note it is not recommended to do this last minute.