Saturday, August 25, 2018

Difference of Large Hawk Cuckoo and Dark Hawk Cuckoo


Adult
Large Hawk Cuckoo
Dark Hawk Cuckoo
Other name
Brain-fever Bird
Bock’s Hawk Cuckoo
Upperpart
Brown with white on bend of wing
Back and rump slaty gray
Wing brown and white on bend of wing
Underpart
Belly white with brownish black bars
Prominent dark streaked  on breast

Breast rufous often unstreaked or lacking of streaked. Where there is, streaking only restricted to breast.
Belly white with black bar
Tail
Undertail covert white,
Long tail with barred brownish gray and black with broad black terminal bar tipped white
Undertail covert white
Broad gray and black bar with broad black terminal bar tipped white
Head
Crown, face and necked slaty gray
Face paler in front of eye
Chin black,
Prominent dark streaked  on throat
Iris orange to buff with eye-ring yellow lemon
Bill black
Crown, face and neck slaty gray,
Chin, throat unstreak.
Iris orange to buff, eye ring yellow lemon
Bill black above greenish below

Juvenile
Large Hawk Cuckoo
Dark Hawk Cuckoo
Upperpart
Barred rufous and brown
Brownish black
Underpart
Buffish-white with broadly streaked black on breast shape of drop like
Breast slaty brown
Lower breast white with dark bar
Tail
Barred rufous and black
Undertail covert with with dark bar
Head
Gray forehead
Nape pale rufous with brown streak
Slaty brown with white feather on naped.
Chin slaty brown





Reference

Ben F.King & Edwards C.Dickson, 1989, A Field Guide To The Birds of South-East Asia, Collins, Grafton Street, London

Craig Robson, 2017, A Field Guide To The Birds of South-East Asia, Bloomsburry, London

Del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A & Sargatal,J eds, 1997, Handbook to Birds of The World Vol 4 Sandgrouse to Cuckoo, Lynx Edicions, Bercolona, Collins, Grafton Street, London

Susan Myers, 2009, A Field Guide To The Birds of Borneo, Talisman, Singapore

Boonsong Lekagul & Philip D.Round, 1991, A guide to the Birds of Thailand, Saha Karn Bhaet Co., Ltd Bangkok

David R Wells, 1999, Birds of The Thai Malay Peninsula,Academic Press, London UK

James A. Eaton, Bas van Balen, Nick W. Brickle & Frank E. Rheindt, 2016,  Birds of the Indonesia Archipelago Greater Sundas and Wallacea, Lynx Edicion, Bercelona

Salim Ali & S. Dillon Ripley, 1981,  Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan Volume 3 Stone Curlew to Owl ,Oxford University Press , London


Friday, August 24, 2018

Difference of Sunda Pygmy and Gray Capped Woodpecker


Gray Capped Woodpecker
Brown capped Woodpecker
Other name
Gray headed pygmy woodpecker
Sunda woodpecker, Malaysia Woodpecker
Upperpart
Black, wings, lower back and rumped black broadly barred with white
Browner with white barred
Generally sooty compared to black of Gray Capped
Underpart
Lack of red on streaked brownish buff to black
Belly buffish-orange
Dirty white below with brown streak
Tail
Central tail feather lack of white bar
Central tail feather always white barred
Rump and upper tail covert white
Head
Crown gray, malar stripe usually faint or lacking.
Broad dark patch on ear covert
Brown crown, white unmarked throat, broad distinct malar stripe
Sex
Male: Small red streak on side of hind crown
Female: Average slightly larger than male. Red of male’s crown sides and naped replace by black

Male: Red streak behind eye
Female: Slightly larger than male. Lack of red on hindcrown

Photo reference



Reference

Ben F.King & Edwards C.Dickson, 1989, A Field Guide To The Birds of South-East Asia, Collins, Grafton Street, London

Boonsong Lekagul & Philip D.Round, 1991, A guide to the Birds of Thailand, Saha Karn Bhaet Co., Ltd Bangkok

David R Wells, 1999, Birds of The Thai Malay Peninsula,Academic Press, London UK

Hans Winkler, David A. Christie & David Nurney, 1995, Woodpecker An Identification Guide to the Woodpecker of the World, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston New York

James A. Eaton, Bas van Balen, Nick W. Brickle & Frank E. Rheindt, 2016,  Birds of the Indonesia Archipelago Greater Sundas and Wallacea, Lynx Edicion, Bercelona

Salim Ali & S. Dillon Ripley, 2001,  Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan Volume 4 Frogmouth to Pittas,Oxford University Press , New Delhi



Monday, January 1, 2018

Recognise one of my old site (Taiping)

10 years that how long i have not been back to this site. I decided to call an end to visit this site when the access got worse. Today I drove in with a 4X4 after a long ten years. Memory strike back. The rarities this location have been provided. One of which probably one of the rarest species in Malaysia to be seen. This also result to many of my lifer including my first Hen/Northern Harrier. My first year to year Grey Headed Fish Eagle nesting, my first foot dragging osprey for behaviour and many other more. The tree for the grey headed is still standing.

What have change in the past ten year to my surprise not much. This places still provide much to be seen. My first grey headed lapwing in taiping and today they were numerous of them. Not lacking of wader including Pacific Golden plover. Tern were around and also not to forget commoner species including the bee eater. I have seen both blue throated and blue tailed nesting here.

It is therefore should be in my itinerary in all my trip back to Taiping this time.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-Billed Sandpiper a species easily confuse with Curlew Sandpiper at times. This species sometimes have a more stint feather look. Something i usually used to give their ID away from a huge flock of wader.

October to early november will be a great time for this species. Well here is some of it.

Monday, October 16, 2017

White Breasted Woodswallow

A species never pass the line from this location. I wander why. Never rare in Sabah. hehehehe


Digiscoping - Lesser Sandplover

Digiscope is still a fun toy to have. I don't think i will give this up anytime soon. Lesser sand plover taken yesterday.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

After almost a year

After almost a year without any posting i decided to take back some good of my hobby. Wildlife watching. Also new inclusion to the family including a 5D mark 2 from last year and also for those who know Nathan James is schedule to arrived.

Anyway I hop back doing some photography at Kuala Selangor and sekinchan area. I will say that place have never really let people down. Some species maybe harder but there is always something to look out for.
One sighted feeding on a mudskipper

Breeding colony still around

I was hoping to get this scene again nevertheless i did they are going for another plough

Smooth Otter wandering around the same area