Friday, February 28, 2014

Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo

A drongo may not be nice. Nevertheless in a mix flock, this species with its generally aggressiveness tend to be able to fend off raptor including those as big as fish eagle. In other word this provide safety to the mix flock when this species is around. There was already some study to prove this done by great student and good student of some other country in asia.

I have personally seen them defending the group against accipiter and also Grey-headed Fish Eagle.
Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Streak-breasted Woodpecker

A woodpecker species which is restricted to only a few location mainly northern of Peninsula Malaysia. A species very difficult to differentiate from Laced woodpecker as shown here. Perhaps identification by call is much more reliable as looking at one is sometimes what it will be called as perception differences. Picture here was a streak-breasted woodpecker female. Surely this one was found by my friend sharp eye and also call.

Asian Openbill

Once a rare sighting this have now become a much more commoner to this location as well. Today a flock flew pass us. In flight they are not much different from other stork with head held extended. In perch they look like this. Here is a photo in flight

Asian Openbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ruddy Kingfisher

I really felt it was much easier those days than this days. Even encountering this bird i still felt it was much easier those days then this days. 16 years of birding i think i got it more those days then this days. Anyway it was still a try for this species. Let say only about 20% lights transmission to this bird and shooting at ISO3200-4000 it was not easy bird to do it.
Ruddy Kingfisher
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Mangrove Blue Flycatcher

A pair of Mangrove Blue Flycatcher. Though not rare when in the habitat still at time can be difficult with lots of branches blocking or even in dark area. Still I guess when this blue turn out it will appear in many people pc.
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Gold-whiskered Barbet

Thanks to the sharp eye of my friend we manage to saw this. Trying our best to get a shot in shadow and back lighting. Still it was great to ding one nest beginning at least.
Gold-whiskered Barbet
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Scaly-breasted Munia

A small flock of munia feeding on the rice. Though it was a bit far for this size of bird i guess never say no to trying anyway.
Scally-breasted Munia
Photo by Terence Ang

Asian Openbill

I found a flock of about 300 Asian Openbill today. Most of them are very sensitive to approach but still good enough for some photo. I decided to take some from my DSLR. It was not at the point of what I expect it to get but good enough for this time around when I was actually looking for something else to do.
Asian Openbill
Photo by Terence Ang
Asian Openbill
Photo by Terence Ang

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Great Tit

A month ago, we got this magnificent creature nesting in one of the most busy boat way in Perak (GPS in google earth). Some of the new details we found on this one is they were communal nester. 3 individual was reported to me at the nest area. Also nest building was another great documentation. A part from the bird bringing in nesting material every 50 minit the bird only one individual was observed nest building. There is more details to it where the team have documented in the few short visit.

This was successful nesting. Bird fledge in approximately 26 day from day 1 incubation. Hope they will continue t nest again. Subsequently another nest was discover in perak this time building and it was just last week.

Great Tit
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Great Tit
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Red-Wattled Lapwing

Lapwing are always nice to look at and it does not matter which species neither the Grey-Headed or Red-Wattled i guess many of us will even try a shot of this feller. This time around 2 individual was observed well. Perhaps entering nesting season.
Red-Wattled Lapwing
(Photo by Terence Ang)