Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 25, 2020

Padang Matsirat 201125

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Padang Matsirat – Langkawi

Up early this morning and off to Padang Matsirat. We did a loop around the rice paddy fields first, and then stopped behind the fish markets at Padang Matsirat town.

Rufous-bellied Swallow
Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia)

“The Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia) is a species of swallow that breeds on the Malay Peninsula. It has faintly streaked deep rufous underparts, and an unstreaked rump. It is usually raised to species status from its closest relative, the striated swallow.” (wiki)

Rufous-bellied Swallow and Barn Swallows
Rufous-bellied Swallow and Barn Swallows

The Rufous-bellied Swallow is a “Brightly-colored swallow found on the Malay Peninsula. Dark iridescent blue above with rusty-orange underparts, rump, and face. Similar to migratory tytleri subspecies of Barn Swallow but lacks its dark blue collar and white tail patches. Like many other swallows, flies over a range of different habitats, from fields to forests; usually in hilly areas.” (ebird)

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Yellow Bittern
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)

Eastern Crowned Warbler
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)

Sorry for very bed photo. Thanks to Andrew Paul Bailey for the identification help. ” The lower mandible of the bill is unmarked, the underparts also look clean and the undertail coverts appear to be yellowish. I suspect the undertail pattern might offer another clue… under-tail pattern … – quite a lot of white in the outer tail feathers. ” It is possible it is an Arctic Warbler or something completely different. “.. you can just see the central crown stripe and, as mentioned, the yellow undertail coverts.” (Nik Haas)

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)

langkawi bird list

Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia)
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus )
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)

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November 23, 2020

Oriental Honey-buzzard

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Bukit Malut – Langkawi

I went up to the road to Bukit Malut this morning. Yesterday it poured rain all day and this afternoon it has started again. So yesterday I managed to sneak in a swim at the beach and today I got some birding done before the big inundation. Not many birds around. We saw some Spectacled Langurs and a few Greater Racket-tailed Drongos. Pretty slim pickings for sure.

Oriental Honey-buzzard
Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

Oriental Honey-buzzard
Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

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November 20, 2020

Indian Birds

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Indian Bird List 2017

This is my list of Indian birds from my trip to India from May to October, 2017. I got a total of about 237 birds. Not a great haul for six months of travel in India. I started off in Kerala – Varkala, Kerala Backwaters, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam, Kochi and up the hill to Periyar. From there I crossed into Tamil Nadu and bussed up the hill again to Kodaikanal, Rameshwaram, Vaduvoor, Muthupettai Lagoon, Point Calimere, Karaikal, and Kovalam.

Malabar Parakeet
Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columbides) – Periyar, Kerala.

Then headed north to Andhra Pradesh, stopping at Guntur, Uppalapadu. Across to Madhya Pradesh – Bhopal, Orchha. North again to Uttar Pradesh and Agra. And west to Rajastan – Bharatpur , Pushkar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Khichan, Bikaner.

Egyptian Vulture portrait
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) – Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

A night bus to Punjab and Chandigarh. Up the mountains to Himachal Pradesh – Shimla, Mandi, Tirthan Valley, Manali, Keylong. Then over the big mountains to Ladakh – Leh, Kargil.

Red-billed Chough
Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax phyrrhocorax) – Keylong. Himachal Pradesh.

A long journey west to Kashmir – Srinigar. I then flew to Rajasthan – Udaipur, Mount Abu. Down to Gujarat – Lake Thol, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Porbander, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Dahboi, Daman.

Indian Thick-knee
Indian Thick-knee (Burhinus indicus) – Porbandar, gujarat.

Goa was my favourite place in India. I went to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Carambolin Lake, Mayem Lake, Divar Island. In Karnataka I went to Hampi, Kamalpura Lake, Chikmagalur, Coorg, Madikeri, Mandalpatti, Shimoga. Then back to Kerala through Kannur, Calicut, Kochi.

Streaked Weaver
Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar)- Hampi, karnataka

India Bird List 2017

Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis)
Ashy Woodswallow (Artemus fuscus)
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark (Eremopterix griseus)
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea)
Asian Palm Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis)
Asian Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi)
Asian Pied Starling (Sturnus contra)
Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)
Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis)
Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malayensis)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Black-and-orange Flycatcher (Ficedula nigrorufa)
Black-breasted Weaver (Ploceus benghalensis)
Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)
Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca)
Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus)
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense)
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)
Blue-capped Rock thrush ( Monticola cinclorhyncha)
Blue-faced Malkoha (Rhopodytes viridirostris)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Starling (Sturnus pagodarum)
Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus)
Brown Rock Chat (Cercomela fusca)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Brown-headed Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica)
Brown-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus)
Cattle Egret
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (Petronia xanthocollis)
Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus)
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Common Babbler (Turdoides caudata)
Common Coot (Fulica atra)
Common Greenshank
Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Common Moorhen
Common Myna
Common Oriole
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus)
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius
Common Woodshrike (Tephrodornis pondicerianus)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaina haemacephala )
Crested Bunting (Melophus lathami)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Dark-sided Flycatcher
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Eurasian Coot
Eurasian Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquatus)
Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Feral Pigeon
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Golden-fronted Leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons)
Great Barbet (Megalaima virens)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Egret
Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)
Great Tit (Parus major)
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
Greater Flamingo(Phoenicopterus ruber)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaulti)
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides)
Grey Breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii)
Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferreus)
Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus)
Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Grey-breasted Laughingthrush (Garrulax jerdoni)
Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii)
Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (Treron affinis)
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher (Culicacapa ceylonensis)
Grey-headed swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Grey-hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos)
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica))
Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys)
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)
House Crow
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
House Swift (Apus affinis) aka Little Swift
India Pea-fowl
Indian Bushlark (Mirafra erythroptera)
Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis)
Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus kundoo)
Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostris)
Indian Jungle Crow (Corvus culminatus)
Indian Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi)
Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus)
Indian Pond Heron
Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Indian Silverbill (Euodice malabarica)
Indian Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha)
Indian Thick-knee (Burhinus indicus)
Indian Yellow Tit (Parus aplonotus)
Intermediate Egret
Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata)
Jungle Bush Quail (Perdicula asiatica)
Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus)
Jungle Prinia (Prinia sylvatica)
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Large Grey Babbler (Turdoides malcomi)
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchus)
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)
Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
Lesser Goldenback (Dinopium benghalense)
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)
Lesser Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Lesser Yellownape (Picus chlorolophus)
Little Cormorant
Little Egret
Little Forktail (Enicurus scouleri) juvenile
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Little Tern (Sterna albifrons)
Long-billed vulture (Gyps Indicus)
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
Malabar Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus)
Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columbides)
Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii)
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)
Nilgiri flowerpecker (Dicaeum concolor)
Nilgiri flycatcher (Eumyias albicaudatus)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina cyanotus)
Oriental Darter
Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)
Oriental Magpie-robin
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis)
Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Painted Francolin (Francolinus pictus)
Painted Spurfowl (Galloperdix lunulata)
Painted Stork(Mycteria leucocephala)
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) juvenile
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)
Pied Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus)
Pied Kingfisher
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Purple Heron
Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus)
Purple Swamphen
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)
Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava)
Red Collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax phyrrhocorax)
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)
Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa)
Red-necked Falcon (Falco chicquera)
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi)
River Tern (Sterna aurantia)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittaculla krameri)
Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus)
Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda)
Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura)
Sand Lark (Calandrella raytal)
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Shikra (Accipiter badius)
Siberian stonechat (Saxicola maurus)
Slaty-headed Parakeet (Psitticula himalayana)
Small Minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus)
Southern Hill Myna (Gracula indica)
Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha)
Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis)
Spotted Dove
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)
Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola)
Streaked Laughingthrush (Garrulax lineatus)
Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae)
Tickel’s Blue Flycatcher
Variegated Laughingthrush (Garrulax variegatus similis)
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Sitta frontalis)
Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)
Vernal Hanging Parrot (Loriculus vernalis)
Western Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus occipitalis)
Western Reef Egret (Egretta gularis)
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida )
White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens)
White-bellied Treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
White-browed Bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus)
White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola)
White-browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis)
White-cheeked Barbet (Megalaima viridis)
White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis)
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)
White-rumped Needletail (Hirundapus sylvatica)
White-thoated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava beema)
Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis)
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa flavirostris cucullata)
Yellow-browed Bulbul (Acritillas indica)
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker (Dendrocopos mahrattensis) female
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicopterus)
Yellow-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthlaemus)
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

November 19, 2020

Mudskipper Creek 201119

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Sungai Temoyong – Langkawi

This morning I went with Tom to the road to the Temoyong Creek. They call it a river, but it is just a little muddy creek. The sun was out, and it got hot quite early.

Plaintive Cuckoo
Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus)

Seen once before in Sepilok, Sabah.

Dollarbird
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Black-naped Oriole
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Black Giant Squirrel
Black Giant Squirrel (Ratufa bicolor)

Also known as the Malayan Giant Squirrel.

Mudskipper
Mudskipper

Mudskippers are amphibious fish. They are of the family Oxudercidae and the subfamily Oxudercinae. There are 32 living species of mudskipper.

Langkawi bird list

Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Common Myna
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Sandpiper
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Eastern Reef Heron

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November 18, 2020

My Trip to China

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Bird List of China

I ended up with about 44 bird species from China. Not a great haul, but better than a poke in the eye with a stick. I started off in Beijing, Which is surprisingly easy to get around in. There are subways running everywhere and they are totally efficient. I went to Yuanmingyuan Park, the Botanic Gardens, and Olympic Forest Park.

Chinese Grosbeak
Chinese Grosbeak (Eophona migratoria)

The next stop was Guiling in Guangxi province. I went to the Seven Star Park and the Lijiang River foreshore.

Japanese Tit
Japanese Tit (Parus minor)

Xingping is a mega tourist town, with boat rides and old buildings. I just went for walks along the river.

Plumbeous Water Redstart
Plumbeous Water Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosa) – female

Dali in Yunan is a very nice town. It is high up in the hills so the climate is quite pleasant.

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus)

I stopped off at Xi Chang on the way to Chengdu and visited the Qionghai Lake and Dream Lake Wetland.

Red-billed Starling
Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)

China bird list

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa latirostris)
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus)
Beijing (Chinese Hill) Babbler (Rhopophilus pekinensis)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)
Chinese Blackbird (Turdus mandarinus) aka Eurasian Blackbird
Chinese Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) aka Light-vented Bulbul
Chinese Grosbeak (Eophona migratoria)
Chinese Pond-heron (Ardeola bacchus)
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)
Collared Crow ( Corvus torquatus )
Common Coot
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus)
Dusky Warbler ( Phyloscopus fuscatus )
Euarasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) or Common Magpie
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris )
Feral Pigeon
Gray Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus)
Japanese Tit (Parus minor)
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicas)
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Long-tailed Shrike( Lanius schach)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchus)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saulari)
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)
Plumbeous water redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosa)
Red-billed Starling (Sturnus sericeus)
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
Scaly-breasted Munia ( Lonchura punctulata )
Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
White Wagtail ( Motacilla alba)
White-fronted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

November 17, 2020

Cenang Reed Beds 201117

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Cenang Reed Beds – Langkawi

I went out early again this morning to the Cenang Reed Beds. Thomas tagged along again and we saw a lot more birds than the other day. The highlight of the day was a Japanese Sparrowhawk, but a really crap photo.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)

Japanese Sparrowhawk
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis)

Thanks to Nikolas Haas for the expert identification. “… spacing and number of the tail bands as well as the shortish inner rectrices ”

Grey-headed Swamphen
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)

Scaly-breasted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Langkawi bird list

Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)
Brown-throated Sunbird
Common Snipe
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
Pond-heron sp.

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November 15, 2020

Padang Matsirat 201115

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Padang Matisirat

I took my mate Tom out with me this morning to Padang Matsirat. It was nice and sunny and got hot pretty early but there were hardly any birds around. It was a bit of a dud day, actually. I did manage to get a few photos which saved the day from total disaster.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

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November 14, 2020

Sungai Langkawi 201114

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Padang Matsirat – Langkawi

This morning was a little bit overcast but not too much. I thought it might have come out sunny but the cloud cover stayed over. I trotted off to the riverside behind the fish market at Padang Matsirat. I was rewarded with a new bird, the Gray-headed Lapwing. Lifer/tick for me. They do not come around that often any more.

Gray-headed Lapwing
Gray-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

“The grey-headed lapwing (Vanellus cinereus) is a lapwing species which breeds in northeast China and Japan. The mainland population winters in northern Southeast Asia from northeastern India to Cambodia. The Japanese population winters, at least partially, in southern Honsh?.” (wiki)

Gray-headed Lapwing
Gray-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Ashy Minivet  - maybe female
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)

Possibly a female, previously only seen in Pasir Ris Park, Singapore.

Ashy Minivet
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)

Possibly a sub-adult male. I really cannot tell.

A bee , but what type
Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa species.

“Xylocopa latipes, the tropical carpenter bee, is a species of carpenter bee widely dispersed throughout Southeast Asia. As its name suggests, this bee inhabits forests in warm tropical climates and constructs nests by burrowing into wood. It often makes long deep tunnels in wooden rafters, fallen trees, telephone poles and the like, but is not found in living trees.” (wiki)

Butterfly
Malaysian Blue Clipper

“Malaysian Blue Clipper – The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a butterfly found in South and South-East Asia. The wingspan is 70 to 80 mm. The Clipper comes in 26 subspecies and many colour variations of the wings; running from green in India to blue in Malaysia, brown in the Philippines.” (Pinterest)

Langkawi bird list

Gray-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Grey Heron
Brahminy Kite
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
White-throated Kingfisher
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)

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November 12, 2020

Cenang Backwater 201112

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Cenang Creek Breakwater

I got up early this morning and went to the breakwater near the entrance to the Cenang Creek in Langkawi. There was nothing there, so I went over the road to the Cenang Reed Beds.

Eastern Marsh Harrier
Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Grey-headed Swamphen
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

Little Egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Intermediate Egret
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)

Langkawi Bird List

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Common Myna
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Pond-heron
Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)
White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
White-throated Kingfisher
Asian Glossy Starling
Paddyfield Pipit
Black-naped Oriole
Asian Koel
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Gray Heron (Ardea cinereal)

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November 8, 2020

Mudskipper Battle 201108

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Sungai Temonyong – Langkawi

This morning I went back to the Temonyong Creek. I was lucky to see a Laced Woodpecker and a Black-headed Bulbul.

Laced Woodpecker  - female
Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus) – female

Black-headed Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul (Brachypodius melanocephalos)

Mudskipper Battle 1
Mudskipper Battle

The mudskipper warns off the encroacher by raising the middle fin. If this does not work they will indulge in gaping to see who is boss.

Mudskipper Battle 2
Mudskipper

Gaping mouths and raised dorsal fins are a sign of aggression.

Mudskipper Battle 3
Mudskipper

It looks like they are sucking face rather than fighting.

Mudskipper Battle 4
Mudskipper

Another one trying to get in on the act.

Langkawi bird list

Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus)
Black-headed Bulbul (Brachypodius melanocephalos)
Common Myna
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
Pond-heron
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Common Tailorbird
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Sandpiper

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