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:
|Mangrove Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis turcosus) - male|
|Lineated Barbet (Megalaima faiostricta)|
Saw both of them foraging together and the above one looks like a dominant male (the one with more brownish color on its chest).
|White-Throated Kingfisher (Hylcyon smyrnensis)|
|Ashy Tailor Bird (Orthotomus ruficeps)|
|Pied fantail (Rhipidura javanica)|
|Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius)|
Saw three of them. The individual in the above two photos has more rufous color on its under belly as compared to the earlier two birds.
|Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) - Male|
|Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradisues)|
Look how close it resemble an Asian Koel without its trailing rackets.
|Black-Naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) - sub adults|
|Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus) - Male|
You certainly don't want to get too near to this hornet's nest.
Most likely these swifts were from the Collocalia/Aerodramus family. Their numbers were few though.
|Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)|
First they came with just a few numbers.
Then they flew in with greater numbers.
|White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) - juvenile|
More posting on the Asian Openbill coming your way soon.