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Appreciating the Shorebirds of Peninsular Malaysia - 2017

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There are many ways which one could appreciate and celebrate nature's beauty and splendour. It certainly has no limitation or boundaries attached. Bird watching is one of those hobbies which is closely connected to nature and here are some reasons why bird watching continues to amaze people around the globe.

A flock of Eurasian Curlew





Great Knot in flight

Initially i thought this could be a Black-naped Tern but the photo was taken near shore and its tail wasn't really forked. So it was most likely a Whiskered Tern with an enormous looking wing span.

Asian Dowitcher in flight


The above photo was taken in March 2017 showing some breeding feathers of Bar-tailed Godwit.

A flock of Caspian Tern and a lone Eurasian Curlew returning to their evening roost.

Mixed flock of shorebirds. 
It doesn't matter who is front of the pack as everyone will just follow the lead.

Do all birds always fly in "V" shape formation? Many reasons were mentioned by the literature on why some …

The Wonderful World of Waders

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Identification of waders is a tricky business and not many bird watchers are keen to indulge themselves into the details of their winter feathers or plumage colors. Ironically not all birders are enthused enough to watch the waders either as many of them often 'placed' themselves in some really inhospitable places such as on a far distance mudflats and under the temperature which at times exceeding 30+ Celsius. Besides that their dull brownish and white colors during their winter break here have not really attracted many admirers too. 
Here are some photos of the waders which were taken during my recent solo trips to the mudflats, tributaries etc. Just sit back and be mesmerised by them.



A group of Red-Necked Stint and a lone Broad-billed Sandpiper




You can actually tell their differences here from their morphological distinctiveness. The one on the right with a shorter bill, slightly smaller eyes and body was a Lesser Sand Plover. But to know whether it was a C. mongolus or a…

The Distribution of Waders in Northern Peninsular Malaysia - A Birder's Observation

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INTRODUCTION

Whenever we are out there with mother nature, we would most likely be the first to witnessed the destruction (if any) of our natural world either by deforestation, illegal land used, reclamation works, pollution etc.  Some would blame it on the government while some will accused the sleeping politicians and the list of accusations goes on. It has been mentioned that for a business to mature, it would take nothing less than 10 years. On the other hand, for a forest or an ecosystem to flourish, they may take twice/even longer the amount of time to attained its sustainability and flourishing returns.

The "Kapar Declaration" conjured out during the AWC seminar held on 25 June 2016 in Malaysia was indeed a timely action by some concerned stake holders. Only time will tell whether this "declaration" will be translated into action or will it remained merely a "declaration" and disappear into the thin air just like the smell of the masala curry comin…