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Peculiar Behavior of Aerodramus Swiflets

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Introduction

The study of natural history or life sciences unlike Engineering or IoTs courses involves many hours in the field. Some even took years like Alfred Russel Wallace before they can really understand Natures' behavior. The good thing about this (i.e spending your free time with Nature) is that you can understand or discover some moments which your books, field guides, teachers or sifus will not be able to tell you. Recently i came across what i believe was a very peculiar feeding behavior of some 'Aerodramus Swiflets' or locally named 'Burung Layang Layang' or 'Burung Walit' in Indon.
Observation

According to the field guides, there are several "Aerodramus Swiflets" which can be found in this region. From the common Germain's Swiflets and 'Edible-Nest Swiflets' to the less common 'Himalayan Swiflet'. While on a casual birding trip (up North) in December 2016, i came across some swiflets flying over head. While taking s…

Birding in Mount Kinabalu National Park - Dec 2016

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Introduction

Mount Kinabalu has long been heralded as one of the best birding site for montane birds in this region. My day finally came on 15 December 2016 as i took a lone trip up to this mountain with only one aim i.e to see as many birds as i can within 4 - 5 hours of birding time. For your comfort, it is advisable to rent a car which is only around RM130.00 to RM180.00 per day (i.e depending the type of vehicle you drive). All you need is a valid driving license, some sense of direction and a good cup of tea/coffee.

According to the folklore, the name "Kinabalu" actually came from the word "Nabalu". In fact you can find a town called "Pekan Nabalu" in Kundasang on your way up to the mountain. It was believed that a widow who is so aggrieved that she has turned herself into a mountain and local folks here believed that her tears can still be seen from this mountain until today. Aside from this legendary tale, Mount Kinabalu has a rich biodiversity tha…