Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nest - Fire-Tufted Barbet

Fire-Tufted Barbet, another nesting species nesting. My first of this species. I believe this is in incubating stage still.

Fire-Tufted Barbet
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Nest - Lesser Racket Tailed Drongo

Having to confirmed the Chestnut Crowned Warbler is still building and Golden Babbler in pre lay, I move towards to check my another nest. The Lesser Racket Tailed Drongo. Is not an easy nest to get too but for scientific purposes we get up and took some detail and some photo of it. This nest is still in incubation stage.
Lesser Racket-Tailed Drongo
(Photo by Terence Ang)


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pahang - Flycatcher of Montane

My recent bird tour I did not do much photography. But once in a while take some opportunity to take a shot or two. In anyway, the male Little Pied Flycatcher does suit its name.
Little Pied Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Little Pied Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)
The Large Niltava was up and going too providing many view. For my client a great view of male.
Large Niltava
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Nature Core Raptor Research Unit - Blyth's Hawk Eagle

It will be a week again and other were not free to check it out. So I decided since no one else can go I go for this week again before leaving for my bird tour tomorrow. Details collected today were great and tremendous achievement. I manage to document some similarity in timing entering the nest for the female today as for my other nest nation wide. Many nest show some of similarity in timing and same goes to this bird. I was very happy to further confirmed this observation. Nevertheless today I manage to take more video which will be uploaded next week when I come back from tour as promise and also lot of photo. Mist were not favouring to me but still provide me some observation opportunistic. Adult were seen perching on the same tree and now soon went into the nest. No feeding but the eaglet were very pleased to have mummy back besides her.
Blyth's Hawk Eagle - Female
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle - Female
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle - Female
(Photo by Terence Ang)
In the eaglet observation, tiny feather and pin feather are already visible. Some part of wing and scapular showing distinctively black patch showing feather have been growing as well. The eaglet was also moving more then usual. Today she was observed to move around adn along the side of the nest but no alarm as she went back resting after a while.
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
To add on a group of Spectacle Leaf Monkey arrive to a tree nearby but it does not seem to provoke the adult or or the eaglet. Both seem to be very sure that the Leaf Monkey were no harm to them. Today however dad is still not around. Mum seem to get uneasy and left probably for hunting.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Black Hornbill

This location provide me one of the easiest to spot the Black Hornbill. Two different race were seen there. Unfortunately I was too lazy and though I can get it the next day. This black was observed in a pair with one juvenile male with them. It was a tremendous sighting for me and the group. A rather not easy hornbill to see but a great one indeed.

Black Hornbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Black Hornbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pahang - Streaked Wern Babbler

This species was one of the easiest Wern Babbler I have seen. Out of that it always take more effort. However today a pair came close and stay close enough for me to take some shot. In the open targeting them through my scope is much easier. The Streaked Wern Babbler can be observed up in Most montane forest. However during some of my survey work deep Perak lowland I find a small population that that have colonize the lowland in Perak area. This population is very rare and very restricted to only small area in the forest.

In recent survey up in the highland, a few nest in two location was discovered. In the same time a Snowy-Browed Flycatcher nest was also observed in one on this location. Last update was another pair beginning to built nest just near by the first dicovery. An Interesting discovery in deed. We should move forward and observed them more but I'm sure I can't be the one there. Hopefully someone can continue to observed this species.

Streaked Wern Babbler
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Streaked Wern Babbler
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Streaked Wern Babbler
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blyth's Hawk Eagle

The nest was told to us since last year. However we were less fortunate as no nest was observed for this species last year. This year Nature Core Raptor Research Unit were more lucky as we saw this nest was active again and one eaglet in it. At current time we estimated the age was about max 14 days. A probably female eaglet the adult female stay near by keeping its watch full eye on this young one. No feeding behaviour was noted.
Blyths Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyths Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
It was not easy to sex a young eaglet apart from one another. The team have resorted in using a technique apply for other raptor such as buzzard, kite, harrier and some other species to sex this young bird. Nevertheless we can only go as far as possibility. Though my video did not turn out as what I wish but our team will continue our observation on this species.

Blyths Hawk Eagle (Max day 14)
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyths Hawk Eagle (Max day 14)
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Siberian Thrush

A visitor from a land far far away!! hehehehe Today there was at least 2 individual around. All of us were waiting for the male to run out but prove absent though waited. Still with little room to move around I manage to get one and only shot of this species. Not a best one but still better then nothing. This female was foraging a long some fence moving in and out but very alert of our presence. In fact this photo here does show a very alert sign of the bird towards our presence. Nevertheless we have hardly any room to move at that point. Either we drop down the mountain or stay put and keep still. Well soon the bird realise its position against us and continue to forage with another individual without any further disturbance.

Siberian Thrush
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Malayan Laughingthrush

The Malayan Laughingthrush ever since been split and become one of our latest endemic to the Peninsula have become one of the sort after bird. This bird can be seen in many location though is not as common as the Spectacle Laughingthrush. This year itself I seen it in most of the possible location compared to a year a go where it was missing in many location. I'm sure they are fighting to make a come back now. Back to Malaysian from the Malayan Laughingthrush.
Malayan Laughingthrush
(Photo by Terence Ang)


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pahang - Dark Sided Flycatcher

A usual spot for this flycatcher. It seem like a lot of people have the shot of the same perch though different date. Well at least some thing for me on that particular day.

Dark-Sided Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Dark Sided Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Dark Sided Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pahang - Grey-Breasted Spiderhunter

Spiderhunter, a species that is commonly seen in our lowland forest and in montane the Streaked is usually seen. Today the Grey-Breasted Spiderhunter decided to choose another tree that it usually frequented but nearby its usual tree. This provide us some good opportunity for photography. Though it feed only on nectar, the Spiderhunter name was given after the thought of it feeding on a spider where the some were observed with spider wed and attacking the wed. The spider web was used by the bird basically for nesting. So is the name was given Spiderhunter though it never actually hunt for spider.

Grey-Breasted Spiderhunter
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Understading Raptor - White-Bellied Sea-Eagle (Part 2)

Aging is Sea Eagle is documented making the common species age gap poorly classified. In this article here we will attempt to show the difference of each age class follow by some picture for further assistance.

The Juvenile 1 year eagle show mainly brown in plumage. Underpart body show clearly a lot of brown. Most importantly the flight feather also show dark brown with buff to brown wing covert. Tail pattern distinctive showing dark terminal and pale sub terminal band a marking crucial in identification of age in later year. Darker marking in breast is distinctive to 1 year bird.
White-Bellied Sea Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

The 2nd year bird show a slightly different in plumage. While remaining a lot of the underpart plumage, flight feather show clearly in moult especially in P2,P3,P4.  Tail marking began to moult. Majority of other plumage remain as in 1st plumage. See this photo below.
White-Bellied Sea Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
White-Bellied Sea-Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

3rd Plumage bird can be differentiate from the tail. See this photo here. The terminal is now replace by broad white band. New feather on P5 plumage. At least 85-90% of bird maintain clear dark breast area. Wing panel visible at least till 4th year.

4th Plumage show almost adult plumage. Majority of times easily mistaken as adult in perch. In flight however the white on inner primaries is visible. Other part as in adult.
White-Bellied Sea-Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

5th plumage onward are the adult plumage. This species in this plumage is unmistakable. Majestic of the air the clear black and white plumage will catch many birder eye without fail.

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
White-Bellied Sea-Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Nevertheless I would like to share this plumage with you all. This bird here show heavy moutling. Clearly the entire inner primaries show moult. Tail pattern show clearly above 3rd year. Worn off feather showed on P6 onwards. This show a more 3rd year charateristic. However in some circumstances the plumage did not coincide to 4th plumage. The bird also show darker trailing edge forming a somewhat dark bar on the edge of the flight feather. Other part of primaries show probably a suspension from 2nd year while underpart and other show clearly in 3rd and some what 4th calender year. This also did not show any new feather between flight feather and covert. This bird in fact has been identified as 3rd/4th calender year. 
White-Bellied Sea-Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
White-Bellied Sea-Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pahang - Raffles Malkoha

Raffles Malkoha probably the most beautiful malkoha. I would placed this better then the Red-Faced Malkoha. Glad I stay here in Malaysia surrounded with this beautiful species.

Raffles Malkoha
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Raffles Malkoha
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Garnet Pitta

I finally manage to get my photographic lifer not lifer for this pitta. Seen them a few times in but today manage to get some shot of this species. Took us a while before heading directly towards this  individual. At the same time we saw a pair of Large-Wern Babbler when chasing this Garnet Pitta. ENJOY!!!
Garnet Pitta
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Garnet Pitta
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Garnet Pitta
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Garnet Pitta
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Bird Tour - silent jewel

My recent bird tour is rather silent but still exciting. However we still miss out many species such as Little Pied Flycatcher. It is only 6 day trip. Considering travelling time we probably only have 5 1/2 to 5 day. Still our record is at 204 species. Interestingly some good species was also observed such as the yellow-vented green pigeon. Below are the bird list in the for the 6 day 5 night tour. Still this was a really great trip for my guess. We however miss out some of the common species such as parrot, some pigeon and a little pied flycatcher.

NO. FAMILY COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Ardeidae  Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
2   Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
3   Little Heron Butorides striatus
4   Chinese Pond-Heron Ardeola bacchus
5   Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
6   Little Egret Egretta garzetta
7   Great Egret Casmerodius albus
8   Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
9   Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
10   Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis
11   Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
12   Black Bittern Ixobrychus flavicollis
13 Ciconiidae  Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
14 Anatidae  Cotton Pygmy-Goose Nettapus coromandelianus
15 Pandionidae  Osprey Pandion haliaetus
16 Accipitridae Black Baza Aviceda leuphotes
17   Oriental Honey-Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus
18   Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
19   Brahminy Kite      Haliastur indus
20   Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
21   Rufous-bellied Eagle    Hieraaetus kienerii
22   Changeable Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus
23   Blyth’s Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus alboniger
24 Falconidae  Black-thighed Falconet Microhierax fringillarius
25   Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
26 Phasianidae  Mountain Peacock-Pheasant  Polyplectron inopinatum
27 Rallidae White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
28 Charadriidae  Mongolian Plover Charadrius mongolus
29 Scolopacidae  Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
30   Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
31   Common Redshank Tringa totanus
32   Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
33   Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
34   Rufous-neck Stint Calidris ruficollis
35   Sanderling Calidris alba
36 Laridae  Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
37   Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
38 Columbidae  Yellow-vented Green Pigeon  Treron seimundi
39   Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans
40   Rock Pigeon Columba livia
41   Little Cuckoo Dove Macropygia ruficeps
42   Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
43   Zebra Dove Geopelia striata
44 Cuculidae  Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparveriodes
45   Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus
46   Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratti
47   Plaintive Cuckoo Cuculus merulinus
48   Rusty-breasted Cuckoo Cacomantis sepulcralis
49   Drongo Cuckoo Surniculus lugubris
50   Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea
51   Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis
52   Raffles’s Malkoha Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus
53   Chestnut-breasted Malkoha Phaenicophaeus curvirostris
54   Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis
55 Strigidae  Mountain Scops Owl Otus spilocephalus
56 Caprimulgidae  Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus
57 Apodidae  Germain's Swiftlet Collocalia germani
58   Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta
59   Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus
60   House Swift Apus affinis  
61 Hemiprocnidae  Grey-rumped Treeswift Hemiprocne longipennis
62   Whiskered Treeswift Hemiprocne comata
63 Alcedinidae  Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
64   Banded Kingfisher Lacedo pulchella
65   White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
66   Black-capped Kingfisher  Halcyon pileata
67   Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris
68 Meropidae  Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
69   Red-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis amictus
70 Coraciidae  Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis
71 Bucerotidae  Rhinoceros Hornbill Buceros rhinoceros
72 Megalaimidae  Fire-tufted Barbet  Psilopogon pyrrolophus
73   Lineated Barbet  Megalaima lineata
74   Gold-whiskered Barbet Megalaima chrysopogon
75   Red-throated Barbet Megalaima mystacophanos
76   Black-browed Barbet Megalaima oorti
77   Yellow-crowned Barbet Megalaima henricii
78   Blue-eared Barbet Megalaima australis
79   Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
80   Brown Barbet Calorhamphus fuliginosus
81 Picidae  Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus
82   Laced Woodpecker  Picus vittatus
83   Greater Yellownape  Picus flavinucha
84   Crimson-winged Yellownape Picus puniceus
85   Lesser Yellownape  Picus chlorolophus
86   Banded Yellownape Picus miniaceus
87   Common Flameback Dinopium javanense
88   Buff-necked Woodpecker Meiglyptes tukki
89   Grey-capped Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus
90   Brown-capped Woodpecker Dendrocopos moluccensis
91   Maroon Woodpecker Blythipicus rubiginosus
92 Eurylaimidae  Banded Broadbill Eurylaimus javanicus
93   Silver-breasted Broadbill  Serilophus lunatus
94   Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae
95   Green Broadbill Calyptomena viridis
96 Hirundinidae  Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
97   Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
98   Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
99 Campephagidae  Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike Hemipus picatus
100   Javan Cuckooshrike Coracina javensis
101   Lesser Cuckooshrike Coracina fimbriata
102   Pied Triller Lalage nigra
103   Ashy Minivet Pericrocotus divaricatus
104   Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris
105   Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus
106 Chloropseidae  Common Iora Aegithina tiphia
107   Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis
108   Orange-bellied Leafbird  Chloropsis hardwickii
109 Pycnonotidae  Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus
110   Grey-bellied Bulbul Pycnonotus cyaniventris
111   Stripe-throated Bulbul  Pycnonotus finlaysoni
112   Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goaivier
113   Olive-winged Bulbul Pycnonotus plumosus
114   Cream-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus simplex
115   Red-eyed Bulbul Pycnonotus brunneus
116   Spectacled Bulbul Pycnonotus erythrophthalmos
117   Finsch’s Bulbul Alophoixus finschii
118   Ochraceous Bulbul Alophoixus ochraceus
119   Hairy-backed Bulbul Tricholestes criniger
120   Mountain Bulbul  Hypsipetes mcclellandii
121   Buff-vented Bulbul  Iole olivacea
122 Dicruridae  Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
123   Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
124   Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus
125   Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo  Dicrurus remifer
126   Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus
127 Oriolidae  Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis
128   Black-and-Crimson Oriole Oriolus cruentus
129 Irenidae  Asian Fairy-Bluebird Irena puella
130 Corvidae  Common Green Magpie  Cissa chinensis
131   House Crow  Corvus splendens
132   Slender-billed Crow Corvus enca
133   Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
134 Paridae  Great Tit Parus major
135   Sultan Tit  Melanochlora sultanea
136 Sittidae  Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis
137   Blue Nuthatch  Sitta azurea
138 Timaliidae  Buff-breasted Babbler  Trichastoma tickelli
139   Abbott’s Babbler Malacocincla abbotti
140   Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus montanus
141   Streaked Wren-Babbler Napothera brevicaudata 
142   Golden Babbler  Stachyris chrysaea
143   Grey-throated Babbler Stachyris nigriceps
144   Striped Tit Babbler Macronous gularis
145   Black Laughingthrush Garrulax lugubris
146   Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush Garrulax mitratus
147   Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush Garrulax erythrocephalus
148   Silver-eared Mesia  Leiothrix argentauris
149   White-browed Shrike Babbler Pteruthius flaviscapis
150   Black-eared Shrike Babbler  Pteruthius melanotis
151   Blue-winged Minla  Minla cyanouroptera
152   Mountain Fulvetta  Alcippe peracensis
153   Long-tailed Sibia  Heterophasia picaoides
154 Turdidae  Lesser Shortwing  Brachypteryx leucophrys
155   Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis
156   White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus
157   White-tailed Robin  Myiomela leucura
158   Chestnut-naped Forktail Enicurus ruficapillus
159   Slaty-backed Forktail  Enicurus schistaceus
160   Orange-headed Thrush Zoothera citrina
161 Pardalotidae  Golden-bellied Gerygone Gerygone sulphurea
162 Sylviidae  Chestnut-crowned Warbler  Seicercus castaniceps
163   Yellow-bellied Warbler Abroscopus superciliaris
164   Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis
165   Common Tailorbird  Orthotomus sutorius
166   Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis
167   Ashy Tailorbird Orthotomus sepium
168   Rufescent Prinia  Prinia rufescens
169   Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris
170 Muscicapidae  Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
171   Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica
172   Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea
173   Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina
174   Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki
175   Rufous-browed Flycatcher Ficedula solitaria
176   Large Niltava  Niltava grandis
177   Pale Blue Flycatcher Cyornis unicolor
178   Hill Blue Flycatcher Cyornis banyumas
179   Mangrove Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rufigastra
180 Rhipiduridae  White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis
181   Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica
182 Monarchidae  Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
183 Pachycephalidae  Mangrove Whistler Pachycephala grisola
184 Motacillidae  Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
185   Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
186 Artamidae  White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorhynchus
187 Laniidae  Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
188 Sturnidae  Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis
189   Purple-backed Starling Sturnus sturninus
190   Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
191   Javan Myna Acridotheres javanicus
192 Nectariniidae  Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malaccensis
193   Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis
194   Black-throated Sunbird  Aethopyga saturata
195   Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna
196 Dicaeidae  Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus maculatus
197   Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus percussus
198   Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Dicaeum chrysorrheum
199   Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma
200   Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum
201 Passeridae  Eurasian Tree-Sparrow Passer montanus
202 Ploceidae  Baya Weaver  Ploceus philippinus
203 Estrildidae  White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata
204   Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata