Monday, March 12, 2018

Orange-bellied flowerpecker enjoying the Ixora berries

 Yesterday I have been observing the antics of the Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonstigma) when it frequented a bunch of ripe fruits of the Yellow Ixora.  The male bird first strike the skin of the fruit, peeling it off before pecking deeper into the flesh.  On another instance, it had the berry caught between it beak before swallowing it.  At the park here this bird is considered a permanent resident.  It is around the place every day, attracted by many kinds of berries and fruits, mainly the Jackfruit. Though tiny it is nevertheless a very attractive bird for its contrasting colours i.e. orange versus blue.
 Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonstigma)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kuala Baram Wetlands - Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Black-winged Stilt feeding
Black-winged Kite in flight

On a short trip to Miri (28.2.18) I went to the Kuala Baram wetlands to find out what the place has to offer.  There were ponds and swampy areas just by the roadside where we parked our car.  The wetlands is situated between the coastal road and the continuous shore line. Towards one end of the road were a few kampungs and on the opposite end were seen destructive activities such as clearing and bull-dozing works and prawn farming ponds.

Since time was limited, I just waited by the roadside or a few meters away from the road shoulder.  I was quite disappointed by the facilities there. There’s tons of work to be done to make the place favourable for birders which is for the authorities to think about and do.

Anyway, there were plenty of Blue-throated Bee-eaters coming as low as the road shoulders hunting for prey. Sounds of kingfishers , Brahminy kites and Wood swallows were loud and clear.  Two birds made my day during the very brief visit, which was about two hours.   Firstly, I managed to come quite close to the Black-winged Kite with a wonderful picture of it in flight.  Secondly, I was able to add a new sighting to this blog – Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) which was a lifer for me.

I guess I will come back again to this place in near future not only to see the birds but also to the destruction of the habitat due to man’s greed and inconsideration.

Friday, January 19, 2018

An unidentified 'eagle'.

 Today - 15 January, 2018 I was very lucky to have spotted this 'eagle' at Kuching somewhere near the Astana Gardens and the Orchid Park.  I saw a pair but the other mate was a bit too far to shoot but I guess that doesn't matter.  Most important I have a record of encountering this beautiful bird.  It was repeatedly making calls to its mate and when it flew closer to it, it perched on a nearby branch close enough for a good shot.  On returning home I checked many books on its identity and couldn't get any resemblance. So I guess this 'eagle' remains unidentified.
An unidentified 'eagle' species??