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May 1, 2012

Mersing – Malaysia – Birds

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Mersing Birding

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.

juvenile Asian Glossy Starling
juvenile Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

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.

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)

There was a flock of Lesser Sand Plovers on the beach. You can really tell the breeding ones. They stand out.

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)

On the rocks there were three Common Sandpipers. I think that they might have all been juveniles.

juvenile Common Sandpiper
juvenile Common Sandpiper (Acitis hypoleucos)

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!

Northern Brown Hornbill
Northern Brown Hornbill (Ptilolaemus austeni) Oriental Pied Hornbill

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.

intermediate egre
Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia)

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.

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

There was a lone Whimbrel on the mudflats.

house crow
House Crow

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.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

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.

Zebra Dove
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

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.

Oriental Magpie-robin
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus scularis)

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.

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