Wednesday, July 28, 2010
This Black-Naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) got herself a real big and hairy caterpillar. It hold the caterpillar and hit it against the tree branch real hard in order to remove the hair. As you can see from the photo above, slowly but surely it worked!
The irritating hair did help the caterpillar from some predators but obviously failed against this beautiful Black-Naped Oriole!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
After double check on the guidebook when return to Singapore than I realise this one indeed a Olive-backed Sunbird and belongs to another sub-species - Nectarinia jugularis plateni (sulawesi). The main difference is the yellow facial-strips (as shown in the photo above)
There is always something new and something to learn on every trip! Wow!
Reference used: Birds of South-East Asia (New Holland), Birds of Wallacea (Dove).
Monday, July 19, 2010
The first bird that I saw was this very shy Lesser Coucal. It may looks very similar to Greater Coucal from far, however Lesser Coucal is smaller and with the very distinctive white streaks which Greater Coucal don't haveOne of the reason we want to reach Ubin early is to catch this pair of White-bellied Sea Eagle. They will perch here early in the morning and will flew off when the temperature rises.
This pair of Tanimbar Corella in a lovey dovey mood...
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
When the bee-eater caught a bee or wasp, the bee-eater will repeatedly hit and rub them on the tree branch and at the same time add pressure onto the prey. This will remove most of the venom from their prey. Only then the prey is considered safe for consumption.
The juvenile (just fledged and without the brown caped) on the left patiently waiting while the parent is processing the bee.
The bee-eater will at the same time add pressure onto the prey to force most of the venom out from the prey.
The adult carefully place the bee into the open bill of the juvenile.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I did have a really fruitful trip this morning and below are some of the photos that I have taken this morning. Just a few minutes walk once I off from the main road I saw a flock of Red-Breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) Being a noisy birds, is not difficult to spot them when they are nearby.
A pair of mother and juvenile Blue-throated Bee-eater were spotted just a few steps from where I saw that wasp.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I have never been bird watch at any of the area within the Wallacea boundary and Sulawesi is within the Wallacea boundary. Since this is going to be my first birding trip in Wallacea, any birds that we saw could be an endemic species!
We arrived at the reserves around 3pm and after settle down and rest for an hour, we set off at 5pm for our 1st night walk with our Ranger. The first mammal that we came across was the crested black macaques. It was about time for them to settle down and rest for the day. We move on deeper into the forest to look for the elusive yet super cute Tarsiers. Our ranger ask us to stop and wait around a big tree and told us to just wait till the surrounding get dark. Since Tarsiers are nocturnal animals, they will leave their nest for hunting at night. Suddenly we heard a rustling of leaves and branches in the nearby bushes. The Park Ranger quickly turned his torch in the direction of the noise, and yes! Is the Tarsiers!! They are so cute, is an amazing experience to be able to see this elusive tiny creature up close! After about few minutes, the ranger switch off the light to let the Tarsiers carry on their activities and switch the torch back on after the Tarsiers disappeared in the dense forest.
While on the way back to our cabin, the ranger show us the 1st bird of the trip! An endemic Sulawesi Scops-owl (Otus manadensis)!
Sulawesi Scops-owl (Otus manadensis)
I set my ISO to the highest to avoid using flash. I took a few shot as the ranger shine on the owl. The light from the torch is just good enough for me to focus and make some shots without causing too much stress for the bird. We sleep rather early on the first night as we will be going to the forest again the next morning around 4.30am.
We set off at 4.30am sharp and were greeted by flocks of Great Eared Nightjar.
We were at the forest all the way till about 1pm before we go back to our cabin. We were out for birding again in the afternoon at 4pm but this time round we were on the boat, travel around the coastal area into the mangrove. As we were too tired, we didn’t go for night walk and check out the next morning.
It was an fantastic birding trip. We were there for just 2 days and more than 40 species of birds have been observed with more than half of them endemic. These are some of the birds that we saw in just 2 days.
Silver-tipped Imperial Pigeon (Ducula luctuosa)
Green-backed Kingfisher (Actenoides monachus)
Knobbed Hornbill (Rhyticeros cassidix)
Not difficult to look for Yellow-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus calyorhynchus), as they are always nearby Crested Black Macaques.
Crested Black Macaques. When they move from tree to tree, insect are flush out of the tree and exposed them to the waiting Yellow-Billed Malkoha.
White-breasted Wood-swallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
I have no idea what bird is this with lots of worn out feathers.
Another sub-species of Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis plateni )
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Conservation does not always equal to sacrifice development. What is important is the balance and sustainable development.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
A fierce fighting is looks set to happen...
After few rounds of chasing, eviction, display of muscle,...
The 'intruder' decided to back off.