Showing posts from May, 2013

Birding in the Mountains - May 2013

An additional public holiday announced recently gave me an opportunity to do some bird watching ! I had the mountain all by myself on that day and felt really in peace with all the birds chirping around me. Reached the peak at about 8.00am and it was a sunny and fog free morning.

Most of the birds which you would like to see at this montane did came out in full force and with some "new" ones as well. Here are some of the "new" ones seen:

A rather small flycatcher at 11 cm and its range is mainly montane. I have heard only the male calling and you will really need to stretch your ears to hear its calls.

Despite lacking a supercilium I believe this is an adult female. Wherever she goes, the male bird will always follow closely behind. Despite its rather dull colours it is quite a pretty bird.
Although a common bird in this mountain but this was the only time I have seen it here. There were about 6-7 of them this time. Very noisy, constantly moving from trees to trees…

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Fancy having a hornbill around your garden or park? In Kuala Terengganu, Oriental Pied Hornbills are quite common in public parks and residential areas.

I have observed a couple of OPH in KT recently which never fails to appear around a residential park between 7.15am - 7.30am for three consecutive days.

Here is the couple with the female on your left and the male bird to your right. 
I have to move cautiously in order not to spook the birds which were enjoying their morning feast with the berry like fruits (ficus). You can see some of the fruits from the above photo. 

This is an eclipse male (above) which has also joined his parents to feast on the same fruits.

Once they have feasted on the fruits for about 30 minutes, all three of them would fly away together to other areas - presumably to feast on other fruits.
If you really want to find a friendly hornbill, i supposed OPH should be the ones. 

Birding Kemensah - May 2013

This place can be considered as one of my local patches for birding. Most birds seen were common though.

The clear demarcation of its orange-rufous chest from its white belly separates the bird from "Hill Blue Flycatcher". 
There are a few species of woodies at this place and i have seen quite a number of them so far.