Thursday, September 20, 2018

Oriental Pied Hornbill Picky About Snail

While on my way to Hide 1D from the Main Bridge of SBWR, spotted this Oriental Pied Hornbill caught an african snail. Like other hornbill, as their bill is much longer than other birds they can't manipulate their food with their tounge. So they have to toss the food caught directly to their throat.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Seeing an Oriental Pied Hornbilll on the ground is uncommon and getting to see this male hornbill catch the prey on the ground is even epic.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
After the 1st toss, the hornbill manage to move the snail to the middle of his bill.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
The hornbill continue to jerk his head and move the snail further in.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
The hornbill crushed the shell of the snail in the process. Not sure if this is by purpose to de-shell it or accidentally.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
The hornbill repeat the tossing process with the half 'naked' snail.
Oriental Pied Hornbill

Oriental Pied Hornbill
The hornbill miss the snail and fell off it's grip.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
The hornbill pick it up again and I didn't realise is the different snail until I take a closer look while processing the photos.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
This time round, the hornbill decided to go somewhere else to enjoy his meal lead me one big question unanswered. Is the hornbill dropped the half 'naked' snail by purpose or accidentally. Could it be the hornbill become picky when the food is abundant?

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Migratory Birds Arrived at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

I was told that migratory birds have started to arrive at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR). Is rather early this year, so I made a trip there on 2 September.
estuarine crocodile
 Is getting easier to spot crocodile in  SBWR. I saw this huge crocodile at the main bridge.
estuarine crocodile
 Not just one but 2 at the main bridge.
purple heron (Ardea purpurea)
 This very colorful Purple heron patiently waiting for fish to swim near the river bank.
little egret (Egretta garzetta)
 Different from the Purple heron, this little egret is more active in finding food.
Painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
 Painted stork taking a rest with both leg down.
Common redshank
 This Red Shank is one of the early batch of migratory birds that arrived in Singapore.
Common redshank

collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
 Other than migratory birds, I saw a pair of Collared Kingfisher.
Flying dragon
 A flying dragon
Sea Almond tree
Twice a year, Sea almond tree shed their leaves. This is closet to autumn that we can get here in tropical.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Last Birding Stop Before Leaving for airport at Pak Phli

After 5 days of birding in Thailand, is time to go back to Singapore. While on our way to airport, we have about 2 hours to spare so we make a pit stop at Pak Phli.
Pak Phli
There are 2 different habitats in this area. We should be able to see open country birds.
Pak Phli, buffolo
As well as water birds since this is also a paddies field.
Red-wattled lapwing
One of the most common lapwing in Thailand is this Red-wattled lapwing. You will not miss it in any open country area.
Green bee-eater
Another common open country bird that we saw is this Green bee-eater.
Blue tailed bee-eater
Migratory Blue tailed bee-eater has also arrived here in Thailand.
Asian pied starling
Asian pied starling may not be common in Singapore, but they are very common here in Thailand.
Little Cormorant
Little Cormorant getting sunlight to help speed up the drying of the feathers.
Pond heron
Pond heron is fishing from the top of lotus leaf.
Black drongo
This Black drongo took few attempts before able to perch steadily on top of the lotus flower bud.
Black-shouldered kite
Another common bird of prey of open country is this Black-shouldered kite.
Watercock
One of the rare find of this trip will be this Watercock in breeding plumage! Can't wait to coma back to Thailand for more birding soon.