Showing posts from April, 2013

Purple-Throated Sunbird (Nectarinia sperata)

"In Chinese mythology, the sun is sometimes symbolized as a three-legged bird, called a Sun-Bird. There were ten of these Sun-birds, all of whom are the offspring of Dijun, God of the Eastern Heaven. The ten Sun-birds resided in a mulberry tree in the eastern sea; each day one of the Sun-Birds would travel around the world on a carriage, driven by Xihe, the Mother of the Suns" - source: Wikipedia

Today there are over 100 + species of sunbirds through out this earth probably more as some may have yet to be known/recorded by science. Purple-Throated sunbird is amongst them and like most sunbirds it is just as beautiful esp the male ones. Here are the males:

And these are the females:

Its habitat and distribution areas are believed to be along coastal shores, offshore islands, mangroves and sometimes gardens. 

Birding in Redang - Mar 2013

Had a rare opportunity to visit one of the most popular island in Peninsular Malaysia. I was expecting to see a flock of pelagic birds swarming on the rocky crops just like those flying around some of Britain's Isles but to my disappointment there were more humans than birds in this island. The scenery was however simply magnifique.

Redang at dawn
Most sunbirds are beautiful birds so as this one.
I have been seeing a lot of cuckoo birds lately. This bird was much browner and smaller than the Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo which i saw at KSNP recently.
Based on the color of its back feathers this pond-heron could have been a Chinese Pond-Heron or a Javan Pond-heron but i would just call it an unidentified pond heron.
A Pacific Reef Egret flying out to sea at dawn
There were also mammals and reptiles spotted in this island.
Took its photo because of its beautiful scales.
I believe this could be a Plantain Squirrel despite not having the black strip alongside its belly and it has a more …

Birding at UNiSZA, Kuala Terengganu - Mar 2013

While attending the "All Souls Day" back at my in law's place, i decided to visit UniSZA again. It was nice of Con. A. McAfee (the man who make this place famous) to drop by (albeit a short while). He was also kind enough to briefed me on the entire ecosystem of the lake, its resident birds as well as the projects which have kept him busy/quiet for 2 years. This time i saw more birds and some "difficult" ones (difficult in identifying that is).

This was the first "difficult" bird i saw. It was rather fat for a swift and it flew quite slowly - flapping its wings and glide - unlike swift-like. That was probably why i was able to take a photo of its rump. Nevertheless i believe it could have just been a German's Swiftlet or previously known as Edible-Nest Swiftlet. A Little Egret which had just passed by and did not land.
Although i was at the lake at around 16.30hrs but the birds only started to appear or flew in at around 17.30hrs. It may be due to…