Wednesday, February 27, 2013
"Let it be, will ya." Had a hard time scampering over the secondary forest floor, stalking and chasing and relocating this dude, going in a few circles.. large wings in flight, languidly navigating itself among the crowded woods bewteen trees.. cant notice it even when near, until you're too near, you'll flush it out again. it'll fly for short distance around the woods to quickly get under cover and the whole chase begins again fro the searcher... Caprimulgus macrurus / Tukang Ekor Besar / Burung Segan / Burung Malas. Secondaries around wetland, Paya Indah. 31-1-13, 5pm.
I had this long time coming, until I found that they are not shy of handouts and the generousity of humans at the cave temple where food can be found in abundance. Myophonus caeruleus / Murai-siul Batu/Biru at the cave temple, Ipoh. 30-1-13, 5pm.
With only slight difference from the commoner mynas, this has somewhat bluish tinge at the knee and bill-base.. and other wing patterns and crest too, but very subtle. easier to tell apart when in flight. Acridotheres fuscus / Tiong Rimba. Shrubs near settlement, Ipoh. 30-1-23, 6:30pm.
Thought it was the female pliantive cuckoo as it flew into the tree, as that species has been pretty active at the time with female being hiddened. But turned out it was the cousin. Cacomantis sonneratii / Sewah Belang / Sewah Takuweh. Cave temple and pond, Ipoh. 30-1-13, 6:00pm.
Ever calling and push comes to shove, the bird relentlessly and fearlessly scour the lotus pond for insects between the dead leaves with precision and stealth.. mostly successful, he will bring the fodder to the female tucked hiddened in a tree perch. Then he's down to the pond again for more grub. Cacomantis merulinus / Sewah Mati Anak / Sewah Biasa. Lotus pond near cave temple, Ipoh. 30-1-13, 4:30pm.
Once used to be vagrant, but now in the past few years has become a common passage migrant with huge flocks from hundreds (2012)and thousands (2013). Feed on the Apple-snails abundant and rife in the ricefield, much to the chagrin of the farmers. Some wish for the birds to come to their fields... Anastomus oscitans / Upeh Siput. Ricefields, Batang 3. January 2013, 10am.