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The Migrant Birds of Chuping Grassland Feb'16 - PART 2

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There are many things in the universe which science has yet to find an answer - like why some people do not like to put on the indicator light when changing lanes? or why it appears that Singapore has more rare birds visiting them frequently? or perhaps why all planets are round and not square or triangle in shape? When science can't find an answer to a phenomenon then the spiritual perspective will usually fill the void. 
Unlike some migrants birds which may have took off as early as February, some of them have preferred to stay a little bit longer - either due to the reason that they have arrived later during the autumn migration or perhaps they are filling their fats and strengthening their flight muscle before embarking their arduous journey home. Here are some of the migrant birds which are still around in mid February:
What a beauty ! Basking herself in the glory of the early morning sun rays. 

This is what happens when you have forgotten to change the aperture in your came…

The Migrant Birds of Chuping Grassland - Feb'16 - PART 1

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Spring is in the air and it marked the start of an epic avian migration ever witnessed in this part of the hemisphere. By the time you read this post, the raptors of Pulau Rupat have already started their journey en-masse just like some of the wildebeest of Tanzania albeit in a slightly smaller scale. What triggers them (the birds) to start this epic journey? Do they follow the same route back to their breeding grounds? Are they all migrating at the same time? These are some of the intriguing questions which are often posed to the scientific community. 
As a self-trained birdwatcher, i have always tried to find an answer to those questions. Perhaps i could find some of them in this vast grassland.
From its features (greyish head and dark brown eyes), this OHB is certainly an adult male orientalis. (common morph). There were two of them and they were flying just above the tree tops and heading towards east. Question: could they have been heading for 'home' or are they just som…

Identification of Swiftlets and Swallows (PART 2)

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Unlike the earlier swiftlets (Germani and Fuciphaga), majority of swallows are more conspicuous in their plumage. Barn Swallow was one of them. 
A photo of a juvenile Barn Swallow with all the typical features associated with it - pale face and pale chest area, whitish underparts and shorter tail streamers (partly hidden)
This could be a sub-adult female
Another juvenile

You can see the little white patch at the base of its streamers.

Although the above photos were mainly juveniles, you should somehow able to differentiate them out from other swallows. However things may get a bit complicated if you wish to go a bit deeper into identifying its subspecies. Here is what i meant.
This could be the common Hirundorustica - pinkish underparts/body. Apparently there are six (6) recognised subspecies but at the moment i believe only two subspecies occur in Malaysia.
Could this be the more rarer H. tytleri ? This photo was taken in Chuping, Perlis. 
Here are some recent photos of a Barn Swallo…