I finally made it to Mersing. Now I am rushing to edit together this blog or I will miss the ferry to Tioman Island. Yesterday afternoon as soon as I got here I rushed out with the camera to get some photos. I walked along the river and spotted lots of birds in the mangroves.
I thought I had a new bird but it was just a juvenile Asian Glossy Starling. They have very striped bellies and their eyes are not so mad red yet. I also thought I saw what may have been a Common Tailorbird but the photos are no good. And of course some Yellow-vented Orioles but I am disciplining myself not to take their photos. There were also a few Oriental Magpie-robins but the photos from today are a lot better so I will show it later on.
There was a flock of Lesser Sand Plovers on the beach. You can really tell the breeding ones. They stand out.
On the rocks there were three Common Sandpipers. I think that they might have all been juveniles.
I happened to see a White-bellied Sea-eagle flying out to sea and I saw him again today. Actually it was probably a female because it was huge. On the way back I just managed to catch a glimpse of a hornbill and chased him into a kampung where there were a whole bunch of them cavorting around the palm trees. I finally got a photo of a hornbill. Whew!
Tuesday 1st May 2012
I woke up early this morning and headed over to the other side of the river. I spotted a male Asian Koel (Eudynamus scolopaceus) up in a tree preening himself. Then some Zebra Doves on a side street.
This pair of Intermediate Egrets were on the beach. The black bill threw me for a while until I got a good look at the length of the thingie under the eye. Intermediate I ascertained.
There was a lone Whimbrel on the mudflats.
I finally got a decent shot of a crow. They are the hardest things ever to photograph because they are all black. I quite like this one.
There were heaps of Collared Kingfisher. They were everywhere. Also very common were Common Myna and Asian Glossy Starlings, but much more so of course.
I saw some more Zebra Dove later on and these photos turned out much better. I have been trying to get a photo of them since East Java, doh! A couple of Pink-necked Green-pigeon were in the palm trees and a couple of Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) were hanging out with the sparrows in the park near the beach trying to fool me.
As promised, here is the photo of the Oriental Magpie-robin. There is a bit more light on this one. He was darting into the hollow there in the branch. I think they might have a nest in there. Well that is it. I have to rush off to the Internet Cafe to try and post this. I wonder if I will make the ferry to Tioman Island?
Thanks to Craig Robson for his “A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia”. It really is a wonderful resource.