Showing posts from August, 2011

Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella)

Asian Fairy Bluebird is a beautiful bird. Male has sapphire-blue feathers on its back while its front from neck to belly region are predominantly black. Despite its deep rich blue feathers, it may be difficult to spot these birds in the jungle.  According to Wikipedia, Asian Fairy Bluebird are close relatives to ioras and leafbirds.  It can be seen in plantations, rural kampungs and forest up to 1900m but more often at regions around  850m - 1200m. Locally named as "burung dendang gajah" is a fully protected bird. Although listed as "least concern" by Birdlife International,  you won't be able to see this bird in all trails or all the time. Here are some of its pictures (all are males) which i have managed to shoot when it came down from its usual canopy home for its morning breakfast of wild berries...
If it stays put this way it will be difficult to spot this bird in a dark forest due to its jet-black frontal feathers.
Unless it moves to show its blue shinning …

Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

Asian Glossy Starling or previously named as Philippine Glossy Starling are one of the most common birds one could see in parks, gardens, plantations etc - especially where there are fruit trees. If there is a ripe papaya, a flock could finish it within a few hours. A flock of about 50 birds were seen recently at Templer's Park (Aug 2011) , feasting themself on ripe berries on a tree.
This is a juvenile grabbing itself a ripe berry.
This fellow is an adult looking at which berries to pick.
This is probably a sub-adult.
An adult deciding which of the two hungry mouths to feed!
A juvenile and a sub-adult together
Another sub-adult fluffing its feathers.

Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)

Common Flameback woodpecker or previously named "common goldenback" is a woodpecker said to be widely distributed in Asian region (Bangladesh, India, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Borneo, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam). Its habitats ranges from lowland forest up to 800 m, rural gardens, plantations and mangroves. Despite that and although IUCN has listed it as "least concern", you would not be able to see it in every trail. It is a fully protected bird under the local law (Act 76/72) and locally called "belatok pinang muda".  Here are some of its photos taken recently in Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP):

The pictures above are male Common Flamebacks. Male has red crown while female ones have black crown. There are 3 quick ways to differentiate between a Common Flameback and a Greater Flameback in the field. Here are the 3 distinguish features: This first thing which you should look is behind its neck. Common Flamebacks have an all…

Birding in Templer's Park

As today was a public holiday in the state of Selangor, i did some birding with a birder from Scotland (Tim Bromilow). It is supposed to be a reserve forest and its just about 20 minutes away from KL. Its one of those birding trips where you will see more mammals than birds. In addition, some of the trails were really in the bad shape (overgrown shrubs and fallen trees everywhere) which rendered some to be unpassable. Then there was an abandoned black magic altar which makes the trail a bit spooky. To top it up i have 6 leech bites ( 4 on the legs, one on the hand and one on the stomach!). The only consolation from this trip was this female Scarlet-Rumped Trogon.

and this Grey-Bellied Bulbul
This is a Gold-Whiskered Bulbul - a common resident in Templer's Park.
This is a Large-billed Crow flying by. A huge bird with wide wing span.

These are some of the many squirrels we saw on the trail.

Birding in Kampung Kemensah - Aug 2011

It was back-to-back birding after the trip to KSNP. This time two other birders called me to join them to do a half day birding in Kemensah. Since i have not been to Kemensah for quite some time, so i decided to take their offer. Kemensah is a small village located near the heart of KL (behind the National Zoo) . It has its own attraction like a beautiful waterfall and areas for picnics, mountain biking, and of course birding as well. The trail which can be quite hilly at times would lead to the Klang Quartz Ridge and Sungai Chongkak.  Saw a couple of interesting birds which i would like to share with you here:

These are Black & Red Broadbills. Not sure exactly how to differentiate between male or females.
This could be a juvenile Plaintive Cuckoo. It probably just came out of its jungle hideout as it did not fly away when we approach quite near to where it perched.  Up next is this Tickell's Blue Flycatcher. These are just for record shots as the bird could not stand still. …