Showing posts from September, 2014

Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) in Flight

Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) as i was made to understand, comes from a larger group of stork family named "Ciconiidae".  It was reportedly a resident bird in India, Mynmar and Thailand* and rarely reported in Malaysia until year 2008 when a lone bird was spotted in Perlis by Kim Chye, his wife and Mr OoiBY. (* info taken from Bird Life International).
Based on the records in B.i.W, there were reported sightings of Asian Openbill almost every year in Peninsular Malaysia except in year 2009 and 2012. There were no sightings being recorded in Borneo so far. Here is a summary of the statistics compiled from B.i.W as at September 16, 2014:
Year         Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec   Total /Month

2008         -         -        2       -         -        -       -        -         -        -        -        -          2
2009         -         -        -       -          -       -        -        -        -        -         -       …

Birding in a Swampy Area - 16 Sept 2014

I had an opportunity to go birding recently but i have to choose between one of these three locations which i have yearn to explore i.e Bagan Belat mudflat, Sungai Sedim or Swampy Forest. Making this swampy forest my choice was easy as it was not too far away and i have always wanted to see and photograph the brown hawk owl. 
After having a quick breakfast i reached the location at 8.15am and went straight to the dense foliage which i thought the owl would be roosting. After having waited and scanning around for about 30 minutes, not a single owl appeared. So the next best thing to do was to venture out to look for other birds. Not many birds were seen this time around but i did witnessed a spectacular aerial display by a flock of Asian Openbills of a colossal proportion. Here are some of the birds photos:

Saw both of them foraging together and the above one looks like a dominant male (the one with more brownish color on its chest).

Saw three of them. The individual in the above two …