Showing posts from February, 2014

Watching Waders at Bagan Belat, Muara Sg Abdul - Jan & Feb 2014

Watching waders is not really my forte but if you want to enjoy what you like to do then you will just need to get through it. So after having some splendid views of the flycatchers at Air Itam Dalam i drove up to Bagan Belat, hoping to catch the waders just before the receding tide. Relying on the fishing tide chart which i do at times i reached the place at about 4.40pm and lo and behold the tide had already gone down half way across the mudflats. To add to the misery, the waders were "muddling"  (if there is such a word) in an area where the sunlight was shining directly on it creating reflections of an unkind nature. Not satisfied with the initial trip i did visit the place again a few days later. So the photos depicted here included both the days.

Here are some of the "better" photos from the first visit (30 Jan 2014):

There were lots of them on the first day but only a few were spotted on my second visit. They were probably wading elsewhere i guess.
I believe…

The Flycatchers of Air Itam Dalam Forest Reserve, Sg Dua - Jan 2014

Air Itam Dalam FR is located in Sungai Dua which is in the district of Seberang Jaya, Penang. Kubang Semang (which is another favourite birding area among the Penang birders) is also located not too far away from this place. Although this FR was not too big a place to explore but it certainly has an enriching ecosystem supporting various avifauna. In this recent trip which was on the eve of the Chinese New Year celebration, i saw four types of flycatchers i.e Asian Brown Flycatcher, Dark-Sided Flycatcher, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher and the illusive Green-Backed Flycatcher at this location alone.
According to David Wells (1999 - Vol. 1), besides Arctic Warbler, Asian Browns are also one of the non-breeding migrants in this part of the world.

Here is an expert's affirmation: "Note wing-tip to tail-tip length. Always longer in Dark-Sided as your pictures appear to show. The Asian Browns have shorter wings making the tail looks longer. Note also dusky side of breast and flanks ind…