Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 22, 2012

Kota Bharu Birding

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Pantai Cahaya Bulan. PCB.

It took me ages to find the number ten bus going to PCB. I asked about three people until I found it. That is pretty normal in Malaysia. Sooner or later you get to where you want to go. Usually after a whole slew of dodgy directions. The bus ride to the beach cost me a whole Rm1.70.

Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)

This one is a female. I had to look through all the other female sunbirds with yellow fronts, for example: Brown-throated Sunbird and Purple Sunbird.

female Olive-backed Sunbird
female Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)

Here she is standing still. There were quite a few of them in the pine trees along the beach. I went along the beach for a while until I came to a river and a kampung, a fishing village on the side of the river.

eclipse male Olive-backed Sunbird
eclipse male Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)

The thing that settled it for that they were Olive-backed Sunbirds was this eclipse male with the start of a black streak down his chin. He dribbles a bit, see? I also missed getting a shot of a Black-crowned Night-Heron, which I thought might have been a Little Heron. I surprised him on the banks of the river and he took off before I could get a decent shot of him. He even had a fish in his beak. doh!

NFI warbler ?
warbler ??

Not sure what this is, but it is pretty young. It was whingeing for ages. There have been Oriental Reed Warblers and Black-browed reed Warblers seen in this area but I do not think it is one of them. I really have no idea to be honest.


  1. Love the Sunbird photos Steve!

    Comment by Linda Rockwell — May 24, 2012 @ 2:30 am

  2. thanks linda.


    Comment by admin — May 29, 2012 @ 8:45 am

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