Birding at Sg Lepoh, Ulu Langat - July 2012

Sg Lepuh or originally called "LOPO" has two birding trails. One trail is where you can get to see all the wannabe star birds but with limited photography opportunities due to the limited access of sunlight. On the other hand the 2nd trail is more expose which allows good photography opportunity but then the birds can be quite common. The choice is yours but today i spent most of the morning in the first trail where i got to see my lifer i.e. the "Rufous-collared Kingfisher" perched on a broken bamboo trunk. Unfortunately it was quite dark at 7.45am and all my efforts in adjusting the knobs on my dslr went in vain. All the 10 shots produced blurry images despite using flash. Before i enter the first trail i have noticed that there were quite a number of people warming up to enter the same trail. Apparently there is a camp here which has adopted a concept quite similar to those summer camps in United States.  Then there were also a large number of people going in an…

Little Heron (Butorides striata)

Little Herons or some books have named them Striated Herons are said to be quite common near the river mouth, mudflats and mangrove areas. However nowadays one could also see them nesting at  nearby park esp at places near water catchment areas.

At a glance you may think that this is a Black-crowned Night Heron if not for its orangey legs
The bird on the left (the tormentor) is an adult bird while the right one is a juvenile.
At times you can also see them at a jetty.
....or on a boat mast like this fellow.
....or just wandering around like this one. ...or on mudflats foraging. This one is on a full adult "dressing".

Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus)

Jungle Myna is reported to be a common bird in Peninsular Malaysia particularly in its northern regions (Kedah, Perlis and Perak). Not an easy bird to photograph as it is quite wary of human presence - keeping its distance a fair bit. Certaintly need a long range lens to get good images of them.

Although the blue markings at the base of its bill could not be clearly seen in these images but because they were taken in a northern state of Kedah recently, it is therefore safe to say that they are all Jungle Mynas.

Birding at Kg Siam - June 2012

I had some free time during my short vacation back home recently. So i went to see what its like on the birding scene in Kampung Siam during this time of the year. Well its looks like they have more durians than birds at this time.

Some photographers may call this a "lup-sup" bird but if you have a good camera and lens it can give you nice images.
Saw only two of this Lineated Barbets this time.
 Initially thought was a babbler but thanks to Mr Choo Jiin Hwa who pointed that it was a Mangrove Whistler based on its calls. The first note was a long and quite melodious one while the second call is shorter and ends with a high "wit". This is the first time i came across a mangrove whistler so far inland. In Allen, J. & Pearson (2012) latest field guide on the birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, it was reported that mangrove whistlers have been seen some 40km inland. So i guess this sighting has some truth to it.
This was the same bird actually. At f6.3 the …

Pulau Burung during non-birding season

On the way back to KL i decided to detour to Pulau Burung to see what its like during a non peak birding season at this birding site. I just did abt 1.5 hrs of birding as i was with my family. Nevertheless we saw quite a number of its common resident birds and here are some of them.
The first bird we saw was this Crested Serpent Eagle perched at a road side pole. It did not move despite that i parked my car nearby and coming out to take its photos.
Saw and counted a total 7 of these Lesser Whistling Ducks around the area. Most of them was observed just lazing around and preening. As you can see the surrounding water is somewhat dirty and stagnant. We saw many of this White-throated Kingfishes. Most of them were observed hunting for other things like frogs and grasshoppers in absence of fishes. I guess that's how they could maintain their steady population.
These are Little Grebes. Its another common resident bird at this place. The one with a dark rufous neck could be a breedin…

Birds along the river estuaries

I was curious to know what type of birds which would usually hang-out at river estuaries. So i decided to have a look at a river estaurine near Kuala Muda recently. The timing was just right as the water level was low exposing the mudflats and its wildlife along the river. All photos were taken from a jetty near the estuary. Spotted this lone Little Egret  foraging at the mudflats early in the morning. Saw quite a number of this Striated Herons criss-crossing along the river. Spotted doves were also abundant at this place. I spotted this fellow hiding quietly in the mangroves. I guess this is how they ambush their prey.