Showing posts from March, 2014

Kuala Muda River Tributary and Pond Herons - March 2014

Recently i was at a river bank near some river tributaries which flow directly to the Kuala Muda river mouth. This place is not as spectacular as the Air Tawar or Bagan Sungai Buloh mudflats but there is always something to see here. As i was scanning the river banks, i saw this Javan Pond heron walking slowly towards me.

As i was clicking my ancient camera which sounded like an old typewriter, it must had stunned the poor little bird. (Note: you can already see its crown plumes extending from its head. It was reported that male plumes are typically longer and sometimes more numerous than the female's. Males with damage crown plumes may find it difficult to obtain mates).

It then decided to detour and walk towards a group of Little Egrets or sometimes also known as Lesser Egrets. You can see that they were wearing their famous yellow "sandals". The Javan Pond heron subsequently disappeared into the mangroves.
Foraging nearby were two Chinese Pond Herons (below).


Birding in Lower Montane Forest - Feb 2014

Birding at this lower montane forest which is about 750 meter - 1500 meter asl have always been fruitful. Not only this place is well kept but it has always provided some new surprises each time i have been there. Good place for bird photography as well. I will keep this location a mystery but from its photos you could have probably guessed it correctly.

Initially i thought this bird might just make it into my first country bird listing.
But it turned out to be just a female Asian Fairy Bluebird.

It is not easy anymore to spot this bird. It appears that chances of seeing them would probably be better near the edges of primary forest. That was why its current status is now stated as "Near Threatened" instead of "uncommon".
Its song was not too bad but still lose out to a Stripped-Throated Bulbul.
Its beak reminds me of the American F35A fighter jet. Despite its small size its call can be heard from a distance if you happened to be near a valley. As you can see all t…

Common Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper

Sometimes you will find that some birds might resemble another bird species based on its photo images.  One of those bird species which may caught you off guard if not for closer observation is the similarity between Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) and Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis). How close are their similarities? - have a look at the photo below:
For an expert who is familiar with the differences between the two bird species, he/she could have easily identify the Marsh Sandpiper and the Common Greenshank from the above photo. According to Dave Bakewell, "Marsh Sandpiper is rarely mistaken for a Common Greenshank. It is usually the other way around when a Common Greenshank contrives to make itself look thinner and more elegant than usual"
I was lucky recently to be able to watch the two bird species close to each other on the mudflats. For a start i will first show you the photos of some Common Greenshank.
A trio of Common Greenshank
which was later joined by …