Showing posts from October, 2013

Birding at Tanjung Karang Mudflats

This was the first time i have done birding at this place. It has huge mudflats which are spread out as far as your eyes can see. I thought i have reached the place early i.e. about 8.45am but the tide has already started to go down rapidly. So most of the waders were wading quite a distance away. The birds spotted were common though.
I was contemplating to id this bird as a spotted sandpiper
Until i saw its wing bars.
Interestingly only two was seen here as compared to Bagan Sungai Buloh which  has more.

A sub-adult i believe.

They were the only ones which does not bother about my nearby presence.

A mixture flock of common redshanks and sand plovers flying out to the sea.

Most of the field guides over here recorded this bird as the nominated "Hirundo rustica". Unlike its close relative i.e. the Pacific Swallow (H.tahitica),  this swallow is a winter visitor in this region right down to Australia (Ref: Allen J & Pearson Field Guide, 2012). They are reported to breed in …

Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)

Lesser Adjutant is actually a stork from the stork family named Ciconiidae and currently its range was said to be wide spread, ranging from India, South East Asia countries right to Vietnam, Cambodia and Java. IUCN has however listed it as "Vulnerable" and according to Birdlife International the world wide population of this bird is reported to be only between 6,5000 - 8,000 birds ( 

To me this bird looks almost like the marabou stork which can be found in Africa except that the latter has a long pink gular sac. In this region particularly Peninsular Malaysia, Lesser Adjutant can be found mainly near mangroves/mudflats although it was also seen near paddy fields before. Back in the days when i love to go fishing along the coast of Selangor i used to see one or two along the mudflats and i told myself "What a weird looking bird?". 5 years after that the figure has now risen to at least 11 or 12 of them. That wa…