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Sunday, 16 September 2018

15.09.2018 Blue Tailed Bee-eaters at Jalan Kebun (Klang)

I went back to my usual birding spot at Jalan Kebun (Klang) in the evening. To my surprise some portion of that area, which was a small abandoned pineapple plantation, was destroyed by bush fire. I then proceed the large dead tree where I usually go, and found a flock of Blue Tailed Bee-eaters.

A small flock of Blue Tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) roosting on a large dead tree.

Blue Tailed Bee-eaters on electric cables waiting hawk flying insects

Blue Tailed Bee-eater in flight

A juvenile Blue Tailed Bee-eater on electric cable

A Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) on utility pole, after a bath.

Black Naped Orioles (Oriolus chinensis maculatus) with White Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra)
I also managed to see the September migrant, the Brown Shrike here but unable to get a decent phot of it. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

09.09.2018 Birding at Bukit Tinggi, Bentong (Pahang)

It was like a family outing to Bukit Tinggi, Bentong but I just prepared myself to get some shots of our feathered friends and others too.

The first bird I saw here was the Black Crested Bulbul...a lifer since I seldom go to hill stations for birding.

A Black Crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris caecilii) on a high perch.

Probably a Jamides celeno (Common Cerulean)

Common Flying Dragon (Draco volans)

Common Five Ring Butterfly (Ypthima baldus newboldi)

Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus)
Striped Throated Bulbul and Pin Striped Tit Babbler are abundant here as well.

Stripe-Throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni) lurking among the Mulberry bush.

Pin Striped Tit Babbler (Macronus gularis

Pin Striped Tit Babbler (Macronus gularis)

I managed to click on Pale Blue Flycatcher and Verditer Flycatcher near the parking area of the Botanical Garden. So 2 more lifers. Before leaving the parking area, I managed to see a pair of White Rumped Munias (lifer), the only Munia that can be seen on hill stations.

Pale Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis unicolor) - Male

A juvenile Pale Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis unicolor)

Pale Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis unicolor) - Female

Pale Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis unicolor) - Female

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus) - Male 

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus) - Male 

White Rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)

So 4 lifers this time. I guess I have to come early to click on more birds. 

Friday, 14 September 2018

08.09.2018 Again Birding at Taman Botani Negara, Shah Alam.

I went again to Taman Botani Negara, specifically looking to the Spectacled Spiderhunter which I missed in my twp previous visits here. Weather was good, plenty of lighting. I went straight to the paddy field area, but after hearing a familiar call of a woodpecker, I stopped at a tall tree near the entrance. It was a male Common Flameback Woodpecker, busy preening and giving out its signature call.

Common Flameback Woodpecker (Dinopium javanense)

Once done with it, I proceed to the paddy field. Paddy had been planted and there were munias and doves busy feeding on the ungrown paddy seeds. I had a luck to click on Common Kingfisher, a lifer! I met the president of Wild Bird Club, Mr Andy Lee, who told me that the Common Kingfisher is really a passing migrant. It was a new info to me since all the while I was thinking that this little kingfisher is a resident species. There were a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron and Little Egret too at the paddy field since it was watery.

Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

White Headed Munia (Lonchura maja)

White Headed Munias and Zebra Dove feeding on the paddy seeds

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

I then walked to the spiderhunter spot and met another bird photographer who is also waiting for the spiderhunter. I proceed further towards the swimming pool and manage to spot a Little Spiderhunter (lifer), but it was too fast for a good click. Then up above,  an Oriental Honey Buzzard (a lifer too), probably a dark morph female was circling above the swimming pool area. I manage to see a Prevost's Squirrel too, one of the most colourful squirrels in Malaysia.

Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)

Oriental Honey Buzzard - Female, Dark Morph (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

Prevost's Squirrel (Callosciurus prevostii)

I walked back along the same path and again met Mr. Andy who told me to wait bear the fruiting tree and end of the path. There I quuetly waited. There were the calls of the White Bellied Woodpeckers yet I cant see them. Suddenly a (1st winter male) Yellow Rumped Flycatcher (lifer) perched infront of me. Lighting was not that good but managed to click. Like the Common Kingfisher this flycatcher is a migrant as well. It is indeed a quiet bird, since it moves quietly among the foliage. I also managed to have a glimpse of a rare inhabitant of the park, the Black Magpie(lifer).

Yellow Rumped Flycaher - 1st Winter Male (Ficedula zanthopygia)

Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus)
I then walked to the paddy field, and there I found another migrant, a female (or could be a male in non breeding plumage) Grey Wagtail, feeding on the mudflats. Quite a shy species as I cant manage to go as close as I want to get a good shot. Then again bumped on Mr Andy and we walked towards the end of the field where we found a group of Baya Weavers. When just about leaving the area, I bumped on a pair of Stripe-Throated Bulbuls.

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Baya Weaver - female (Ploceus philippinus)

Stripe-Throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)

Quite a good visit this time as I bagged 6 lifers here. 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

05.07.2018 - Birding at Taman Botani Negara, Shah Alam

This is place is very much well known for most birders. I bagged few lifers here during my previous visits. My recent visit was with the MSN Selangor Branch Bird Group members on 18.08.2018.

Photo Credit: Ms Veronica, MNS Selangor Branch Bird Group

I was told that 4 species of green pigeons were found here by the seniors; the Little, the Pink Necked, Thick Billed and the Jambu. I only manage to view 2 of them.

A female Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax)

A female Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax)

A male Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax)
Pink Necked Green Pigeons (Treron vernans)

You may encounter these 3 bulbuls easily here; The Yellow Vented...obviously, Olive winged and Red Eyed.

A Yellow Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

An Olive Winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) having Glochidion obscurum fruits. 

A male Ruby Cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis)

A male Ruby Cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis) with its meal

A female Blue Winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis)

A male Dark Necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus astrogularis) in non breeding plumage.

What I missed here....the Brown Barbet, The Spectacled Spiderhunter and Black Winged Flycatcher Shrike due to poor lighting. Plus a small group of Long Tailed Parakeets, chased away by a group of noisy students.

Just becareful with the Pig Tailed Macaque a.k.a "Beruk" near the paddy field area. They can be aggressive. In case if you are moving alone, just be extra watchful for these guys.

A Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) and a pair of Blue Throated Bee-eaters (Merops viridis) enjoying the rainfall.