Friday, November 18, 2016

Lovely pigeons anyone?

Enjoying the seeds in the early morning air.

 The Pink-Necked Pigeon is an extremely attractive bird mainly for its colours, its stout body and strong wings.  It seems that every where I go they accompany me. Whether it is in the wildlife sanctuary that I have built in Bintulu, or the Kambatik Garden in Kuching these birds seem to accustom themselves building nests and breeding close to where I stay and live.  For this I am greatly honoured and indeed blessed by their presence.  They are a direct link to feeling the greatness of living nature and  an eco-friendly environment.  Today the pigeons  gave me a another rare opportunity to come close to them for a good morning photoshoot session in the garden.  The Shrubby Dillenia became their focus.  A small flock of them (about seven in numbers) were busy in the early morning air eating the numerous  juicy red seeds of the Shrubby Dillenia plant.  Back in the 80's these birds were commonly sold in town for their meat, but very seldom today due to stringent laws that protect these birds in Sarawak.

Pink-necked Pigeon - female of the species

The male Pink-necked Pigeon

Monday, October 31, 2016

Black Hornbill at abandoned coconut plantation

An abandoned coconut plantation with tall mature trees.
The hornbill is seen at the left of the picture, perching on the coconut frond.
Location : Setipuk, Jepak- Kuala Tatau Road.
A mature Black Hornbill with a white huge bill and typical 'casque' (i.e. horny excrescence at the top of the bill)

I have found a new birding place at Setipuk near Kpg. Jepak.  The Setipuk site is sandwiched to the north by the open South China Sea (which I think by now should be called the Asean sea) and a mixed forested area to the south.  On the borders of the site is a road that links Kampung Jepak to Kuala Tatau, the latter being a remote fishing village in Bintulu. On 30th October, while doing some oral history research in the area, I chanced upon a Black Hornbill perching on a coconut frond in an abandoned coconut plantation.  It was the brays and brunts of the hornbill that helped focused my attention and then the camera lens of a simple Samsung handphone (Note 2) to the subject.  It was a good record to start with.  I guess the abandoned coconut plantation could be its nesting ground.  I hope to re-visit the area often in future to gather more close up pictures of the bird.  It is believed that hornbills naturally build holes in trees  and these nest would be used by the breeding pairs for years onwards.

Ripe fruits for morning breakfast at Limbang

Philippines Glossy Starling

Weeping Fig ( Ficus benjamina)
 On a recent trip to Limbang (26 Oct'16)  I was attracted to a huge Weeping Fig tree or Waringin (Malay) that was heavily fruiting.  It was early in the morning when a small group of us were having breakfast at a coffee shop close by the river. The tree was located about five meters from the corner shop.  It was a fine morning and flocks of the Philippines Glossy Starling came to enjoy the ripe fruits oblivious of the people around.  I took the opportunity to gather some close-up shots of the birds consuming the juicy fruits for their morning breakfast.    
Enjoying the juicy ripe fruits of the ficus tree

View of Limbang town, 26 Oct'16.