Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hill Myna

A few pair around. This photo was taken before rain handheld. I was amaze that my arm is still strong to hand held the equipment. Huray for myself.
This is a species where people do teach them to talk. At time in some places you get them saying hello to you.
Hill Myna
Photo by Terence Ang

Monday, April 27, 2015

Black-Crested Bulbul

The last time i even try to take a photo of this bird was about 3 years ago and that was with the old digiscoping set. Saw a small group yesterday so i try to take a shot of one. Not much chanse i get as steep angle and also too much movement. Still one shot is enough to renew this species photo from digiscope to DSLR.
Black-Crested Bulbul
Photo by Terence Ang

Orange Bellied Flowerpecker

A common feller in this site. A few of them around but i was not such of a chase for this feller. But was a good weekend to meet up with some friend as well.

Orange Bellied Flowerpecker
Photo by Terence Ang

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mix Flock - White Throated Fantail and role in mix flock

The White Throated Fantail have been know in many of our highland in Malaysia where their ability to gather mix flock. Nevertheless their mix flock was never a large group. Small company of bird will gather under the white-throated fantail mix flock. Similar observation was also observed in many other location. Here in the Peninsula Malaysia a very consistent trend was observed in most of the highland in Peninsula Malaysia. This include Maxwell Hill, Fraser's Hill and also Cameroon Highland. A very similar situation was also observed in Kinabalu Park. Here I will like to share some observation taken and studied for the pass 5 years.


Role of White-Throated Fantail
In many situation we observed White-Throated Fantail were together in a mix flock. While this species follow flock there also have 2 different role in a mix flock.

1. Driving the direction of a mix flock
2. Ability to gather small group of Mix flock.

1.
In a typical mix flock observation for medium and large flock, the white throated fantail is always observed to be somewhere in the mid and beginning of the flock. This is rather more consistent to location such as Fraser's Hill. In a few observation we have noted that the White Throated Fantail have been directing the direction of the mix flock. The Fantail in this situation will move from one location to another within its own territory in which the direction will be followed by the flock. In most time this activity is all followed by the call of the Fantail. The bird will remain its location from mid level to canopy level while leading the flock.  In a few incident more the one pair of fantail was observed where the role will pass on from one pair to another when the flock crosses from one fantail territory to another.

2.
However their other role was actually gathering small flock. This flock usually only consist of small birds. In Peninsula Malaysia, they are usually consist of Chestnut Crowned Warbler, Mountain Fulvetta or even some small species of flycatcher such as the Little Pied Flycatcher. The Kinabalu Park, The Yellow Breasted Warbler and also the Chestnut Crested Yuhinia was observed to be gather from the White-Throated fantail. Majority of the time this flock up in the canopy lowest at mid level and above. Flock will move from tree to tree within the Fantail territory. However I have never observed the passing of their role to another fantail territory. This flock are usually gathered fast and lasted very short time. Rarely in any situation birds bigger then the Fantail follow in. in a few incident where near slope and lower tree is available, this flock gather to about 1-2 meter above ground. 

Thought the role of the fantail and ability was observed and studied in some other location, details to how they bring advantage to the flock especially flock they gathered in Malaysia remain a question. More part about mix flock will be uploaded in future especially regarding species in Malaysia. Hopefully this can bring in new insight to many more study available in the country and the region.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Rufous-Browed Flycatcher

Having this Rufous-Browed Flycatcher having its morning bath in a small stream. Nice scene looking at it splashing water around.
Rufous-Browed Flycatcher
Photo by Terence Ang
Rufous Browed Flycatcher
Photo by Terence Ang

Sunday, April 12, 2015

White-Tailed Robin

A common montane species. Probably seen at lowest point some where between 1150-1200m above sea level where it is know to breed. This spesies is not easily seen here a few years back but this days is rather a easier target compared to before. This female was observed alone. Male was seen a few days back but not in this visit.
White-Tailed Robin
Photo by Terence Ang

Friday, April 3, 2015

Chestnut-Headed Bee-Eater

A species that only go as far south as perak. None seen in selangor. So since i have been in selangor for a long time and only a record shot of this species it wont be such as waste to try it again. Together with a friend of mine we headed to some location where this species is seen. And sure enough a small group was around. Shy at first but provide good photographic opportunity. In personal opinion, i think this is the most beautiful bee-eater around.
Chestnut-Headed Bee-Eater
Photo by Terence Ang

Robinson's Angle-Headed Lizard

Nature Core was never only for bird. Our interest spread over to butterfly and mammals. In recent trip we seen almost all the diurnal squirrel this list extended to included the tree shrew too. Some other interest when we can was reptile. This Robinson Angle-Headed Lizard was an endemic to malaysia. Know from Brinchang and tahan mountain I was not really clear how far low this species will be seen. Though this one we slightly out of Gunung Brinchang. I guess i'm still close enough to see this one around.
Robinson's Angle-Headed Lizard
Photo by Terence Ang

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blue-Throated Bee-Eater

Blue-Throated Bee-Eater one of the 3 nesting bee eater species we have in malaysia. This time around i was taken to this spot to look for some other bee eater but taken the opportunity for this one. I like this feller more then my other shot though they were definitely batter shot then this one. This guy was scratching and scratching. A cute little feller.
Blue-Throated Bee-Eater
Photo by Terence Ang

Mangrove Blue Flycatcher

Mangrove Blue Flycatcher one of the easiest flycatcher to see once you are in the right habitat and yes as name suggest in the mangrove. This male stay a while for some shot but i never get the female. Nevermind i do have them previously but still a nice bird to see.
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher
Photo by Terence Ang

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Yellow-Rumped Flycatcher

The Yellow rumped now know as the Korean Flycatcher though i prefered it to be name more as tricoloured flycatcher. Anyway a common visitor in this country. Many wooded area and yield this species. Here in this location was a yearly event. Thanks to some help i was able to get a shot of this species.
Yellow-Rumped Flycatcher
Photo by Terence Ang