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My 20 Most Memorable Avian Photos (1st Half of 2019)

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When i was a kid, i used to have many hobbies. Since my house was just a bicycle ride away from rubber estates, paddyfields and jungle streams, catching spiders & bugs, jungle trekking, and catching fish (puyu & sepat benua) were the norms. As we grow older some hobbies will just fade away but one hobby has remained till todate i.e bird watching. Although birders come and go just like the mist at dawn, i guess bird watching is a sustainable hobby. This is due to the fact that we can find birds in every continents.  One can find birds even in Antarctica (penguins are considered as birds too) or in the deserts (road runners, some hawks, owls, sand larks etc).
Here are my twenty (20) most memorable avian photos taken in the 1st half of 2019. Enjoy the feast:

Pacific Swallow A friendly bird. Photo was taken at a river jetty.

According to the American Birding Association and i believe most birding rules too, a bird must be "Alive, Wild and Unrestrained" in order to be off…

Can Geographical Distance influenced the Differences in Birds Features ?

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We may all appear different from the outside but deep inside i believe we are all the same - ever compassionate and merciful. In the avian world, geographical distance may have some effect on some birds plumage thus creating more subspecies. This can only be determined / confirmed if the subtle differences occur over a period of time. Recently i came across some birds from different states which show some differences in their outlook despite been from the same species.
I start with Mr Abbott's Babbler (M. abbotti):

The photo below of an Abbott's Babbler was taken in Kedah. Its flank appear more buffy while the orbital ring around its eyes were less prominent as compared with the one i saw in Penang mainland.



Below are those from Penang mainland

Despite the above differences, i would also not discount that they could be from different gender or age group. More observations are required.

Next is the Mangrove Flycatcher (C. rufigastra):
The photo below depicts a Mangrove Flycatche…

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

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It is probably one of those avians which are often overlook or understudy due to their plain plumage and common presence. You can find them in open countries, farmlands, soccer fields, coastal plains and dry country roads (my personal observation) although i have also seen them at the foot of a mountain in Ulu Langat. Despite been called a paddyfield pipit, it is usually found along the dirt roads surrounding the paddyfields and not in the ricefields itself like those snipes and bitterns would do.
Some places have also named them as oriental pipit probably due to its occurrence in mainly Asia countries but it was reported to be a non-breeding resident bird here in Malaysia. (Birdlife International, 2016). Recently in May 2019, i came across a number of Paddyfield Pipits at a vast marshland in Penang mainland which reminds me of a similar looking site at Chuping. Here are some photos of what should be Paddyfield Pipits at this location although migratory pipits such as Richard's P…