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Embracing the Colors of Nature - Birds, Reptiles etc - 2017

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In ancient times, the worshipping of animal deities transcend across various cultures of the world. In ancient Egypt, birds for example are considered avatars of the Gods. Watching wildlife in action was like watching an orchestra playing in the jungle. It creates a sense of happiness, serenity and freedom but yet vulnerable in a world full of uncertainties and dodgy characters !
Here are some fascinating photos of nature, birds, lizards etc to wrap-up this incredible year. Hold your breath and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the various colors of nature. 

Always my favorite jungle bird. Although it has a repertoire of calls but i believe most birds would generally make 3 types of calls. They are: i) alarm calls, ii) mating calls/songs and iii) hunger calls. This male Dark-Throated Oriole was heard making some mating calls at a nearby female.


And here she is. Answering to the calls instantly. 

They would certainly make some nice X'mas tree decos.


According to the field guides, a gr…

The Hunting Behavior of Common Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and Black-Shouldered Kite: A Photographic Documentary

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It has been widely acknowledged that many scientific data were obtained from the information provided by amateur birders as well as citizen scientist. Bird watching in a non conventional way does not only involve identification of birds. It may also involved observing the type of prey they eat, how they hunt, the interaction between them and their ecosystem etc. When that happens you have actually inadvertently looking at the ecology of things that is the study of how living things (in this case, birds) interact with their environment/surroundings.
There are not many birders in this region who have the opportunity to observe or let alone photograph the hunting moments of a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), an Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus) and a Black-Shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus), all within one location.
I will start with the Common Kestrel which is a winter visitor in this region.
I was cruising along the dirt track when i spotted a raptor on a perch. Going close…

Sungai Batu Mangroves - revisited (Sept 2017)

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In Science, the proof of concept usually relies on empirical results where else in bird watching, the proof of existence, i believe would depends on photographic evidence. This time i decided to revisit this location to find out whether the group of Oriental Pratincole seen in June 2017 were just passing by or were actually using this location as their 'home ground'. As i drove slowly along the dirt road, i could not see any of them flying around as i did the last time. So i decided to parked my car and walk towards some ploughed ground. 
It took me some time before i could spot some of them.  Look how well they have blended with the ground and vegetation colors.

Majority of them were seen with their bills wide open. It was not because they were calling but more like trying to cool themselves in the middle of hot sun.
The absence of throat patch, red bill based and clear black necklace shows that majority of them were either juveniles or in their non-breeding colors.
I counted…