Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spawn Space

Local kites, Brahminy seems to dominate the air space and thus the food source by the water, all that for purpose of courting and mating. They look prime, with fresh feathers, and their calls are heard. Migrant black-eared kites look subdued and kept low, not attempting to fly and much less go near the water.

Rivermouth, Jeram, 8.1.12.

Common Greenshank

With so much similarities among waders, having green legs can make one stands out, even with only one leg..

Rivermouth, Pt. Jawa, Muar, 4.12.10.

Black-crowned Night Heron

What can I say, he waits ever so patiently and quietly, come night or day.. Black-crowned Night Heron.

Rivermouth, Jeram, 8.1.12.

Collared Owlet

In a flurry of a bird wave, the Collared Owlet was unmoved. But between the branches, her tell tale barrings are noticeable to the keen observer. Twice she flew after realizing being watched, and twice I had to search her among the twigs. Fortunately, as I'd guessed, it didn't fly far and the buff barring on her brown plumage is as clear as a picture.

She can turn her head an amazing 180 backwards, showing her false eyes which are actually on the back of the head.

Montane forest, Fraser's Hill, 28.12.11, ~1pm.

Purple-naped Sunbird

The ripened flowers drenched in morning dew look irresistible to a pair of Purple-naped sunbirds. The female (not shown here) is exactly the male except for the luminous purplish patch on the nape and rump. Quite a sight!

Lowland forest, Taman Rimba Ampang, 14.1.12.

Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker

A pair fleets about a fruiting tree, sometimes in pursuit of one another. A sign of things to come? The male has a red crest, unlike females.

Lowland forest, Taman Rimba Ampang, 14.1.12.

Bloodshot Bozzo

A Bulbul's eye can be as red as a bull's eye, as you can see.. They can't help but to come out with the rest when a wave is impending, perhaps also crossed. Guess which other Bulbul tags along in the background? (Hint: eyes)


Lowland forest, Taman Rimba Ampang, 14.1.12.

Buff-vented Bulbul

Foraging fruiting trees with other birds, the Buff-vented Bulbul looks keen with clear eyes.. on the road to Fraser's Hill (18.12.11), and in a small group in a bird wave in the lowland forest of Taman Rimba Ampang (14.1.12).

Common Tailorbird

Not easy to see, much less all of it, unless it is not hidden from view. This dude was resting in an abandoned house early in the morning of the first day of new year 2012, in Sekinchan, Selangor.

Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker

Can't miss the breast of this dude (male), who was with the female (no pix) and juvenile in drabs, but that didn't hinder them from foraging heavily on a fruiting berry tree. Taman Rimba Ampang, 14.1.12.

Drongo Cuckoo

After a long while, finally began spotting the Drongo Cuckoos everywhere.. from lowland forest to the hill stations.

Taman Rimba Ampang (14.1.12), Bukit Cahaya Shah aAlam (30.12.11) and Fraser's Hill (27.12.11).

Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker

The female Sunda Pygmy Woody checks out her new nesting spot. Though occasionally flying out, she usually stays inside to work in the interior, unendingly, and spewing ashes of wood debris out.

Rivermouth of Jeram, Selangor, 8.1.12.

Black-capped Kingfisher

Tireless and determined, the Black-capped KF flies in and out of its safety perch in a large tree to forage - successful almost everytime. Food includes crabs and fish.

Rivermouth of Jeram, Selangor, 8.1.12, 10am.

High Views

(Pix 1): Sunset in Ulu Kali, near Genting Highland, with a view of Fraser's Hill from Ulu Kali's Bukit Cincin/Hill of Rings (Pix 2-3), on 5.1.12. Can you make out the structure on Fraser's Hill? (Hint: to its right is the Telekom Loop..)

(Pix 4-5) Fraser's Hill at sunset on 16.9.10, and view from above (pix 6-7) on 19.12.11.

Here's How III

"See that?"

Brahminy Kite, adult watches juvy making practice dives on the water. Islands of Langkawi, 21.12.10.

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Training the fresh adult White-bellied Sea Eagle doing practice rounds with nest material over rivermouth in Jeram,. Selangor (8.1.12).

Adult and juvy in flight formation in Langkawi (21.12.10).

Chinese Pond Heron

The Chinese Pond Heron just flew into a ricefield in the morning but then took off after realizing his cover was compromised. And at the last ray slanting on a dead tree, she is seen again.

Open fields, Sekinchan, 1.1.12, 6pm.

Black Baza

Black Baza's interesting plumage of dark upperparts with white and red patches. It flies about low, in search of thermals (hot air) to soar up in the wetlands of Paya Indah (30.11.11).

White belly with red barrings of a medley underpart are distinctive when it soars above. Here moving along in packs above the rivermouth of Jeram/Sg. Buloh (8.1.12).

Grey-headed Fish Eagle

"Who's fishing?"

Grey-headed Fish Eagle, looking on at the pretentions of a Kingfisher.

Lowland forest, Shah Alam.