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  • September 2013 — The dogs dispatch a juvenile Monocled Cobra.
  • August 2012 — A dangerous tree is felled and a juvenile palm civet is rescued from the gallery.
  • July 2012 — Another attack by a python in the chicken coop.
  • May 2012 — Otters are back for a renewed assault on the fishponds, as well as on the Rimbun Dahan dogs!
  • January 2012 — Otters are sighted at Rimbun Dahan for the first time, as they decimate the fishponds.
  • Sept 2010 — In a La Nina year, lots of plants are flowering in the garden.
  • February 2010 — Gold-whiskered barbet makes itself at home, while falconets and dollar birds fight it out.
  • Dec 2009 — A pair of Barred Eagle-Owls take up residence in the garden, and a Drongo Cuckoo tries to take up residence in the house.
  • Nov 2009 — A sudden gust of wind felled our mature specimen of Shorea sumatrana, leaving the courtyard covered in debris and dramatically puncturing the storeroom roof!
  • Nov 2009 — The tiny raptors called Black-thighed Falconets feast on dragonflies.
  • Nov 2009 — A short-lived Lime Butterfly, Papileo demoleus, is admired by all.
  • Sept 2009 – A red meranti, Shorea acuminata, fruiting for the first time.
  • July 2009 – A baby wild boar bites Sham!
  • July 2009 – Sightings of a large beruk in the garden.
  • April 2009 – Several native trees, including Firmiana malayana, Kayea grandis and Baccaurea lanceolata, are showing signs of flowers and fruits.
  • March 2009 – In the New Malaysian landscape of oil palms, lalang and non-indigenous acacia trees, the Baya Weavers have made a new home.
  • February 2009 – Visits from Oriental Pied Hornbills, and witnessing the migration of the Ashy Minivet.
  • January 2009 – Our snake of the month, a self-inflating Copperhead Ratsnake.
  • November 2008 – Several new sightings, despite a wet gray month.
  • October 2008 – Snakes and snake food — a bronzeback swallowing a lizard, and poor little innocent chicks!
  • October 2008 – Diameter at breast height (dbh) of some dipterocarps at Rimbun Dahan.
  • September 2008 – Shorea sumatrana, a critically endangered species of forest tree, is flowering for the first time at Rimbun Dahan. Its blooms will be immortalised by resident botanical artist Lauren Black.
  • July 2008 – An Oriental Whip Snake poses for a portrait.
  • June 2008 – The beautiful but shy blue-winged pittas have returned to Rimbun Dahan to breed, much further south than previously recorded. Their nest has been discovered in an abandoned woodpile and their calls can be heard all over the garden.
  • May 2008 – Like a bull in a chinashop, a reticulated python laid waste to the Rimbun Dahan chicken coop. Two hens were killed and one eaten, then hastily regurgitated as the python attempted to escape.
  • April 2008 – How much a garden can grow in seventeen years! From a few saplings and not much shade to riotous greenery — check out the before and after images.
  • December 2007 – Four new bird species have been spotted at Rimbun Dahan recently — the Rufous Woodpecker, Purple Heron, Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo, and Stripe-Throated Bulbul — much to our resident birdwatchers’ delight!
  • August 2007 – A pair of the shy and unusual Blue-Winged Pittas has been sighted several times in the garden at Rimbun Dahan over the last week. Usually a winter migrant to this area, these pittas might even be a breeding pair!
  • June 2007 – A Black-Crowned Night Heron visits the pond at Rimbun Dahan.
  • May 2007 – A bevy of butterflies come to visit the flowering Hoya carnosa.
  • April 2007 – As the Selangor State Government will not guarantee the protection of the Sungai Buloh Nature Park, some specimens of rare water plant Cryptocoryne minima have been transferred to a new home at Rimbun Dahan.
  • August 2006 – A trip to Belum yields a sighting of a unique insect, while back home at Rimbun Dahan a large snake is discovered camped out in the well.
  • June 2006 – A new camera with a zoom lens brings us Rimbun Dahan’s very own peanut gallery – a selection of intimate portraits of the local troupe of leaf monkeys.
  • March 2006 – Something is stirring in the leaf litter at Rimbun Dahan, when wet weather brings out unusual fungi.
  • January 2006 – The ripe fruit from the rambutan trees at Rimbun Dahan are a feast for humans and monkeys, including the ubiquitous long-tailed macaque and the less common dusky langur.
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