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March 18, 2020

Pangkor Island 2

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Pulau Pangkor – Sungai Pinang Kechil

I hired a motorbike this morning to go see around the island of Pangkor. I stopped at a few chinese cemeteries and got some photos of some bulbuls. There were heaps of Oriental Pied Hornbills around. Last night I counted more than twenty near the road just before sunset. I went right around the island. I was a bit late so I did not worry about chasing birds so much as discovering places that I could come back to later. I found quite a few. Let us see what tomorrow may bring.

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Blue-throated Bee-eater
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)

Olive-winged Bulbul
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)

Pangkor Island bird list

Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Javan or Jungle Myna ?
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Resources: Javan Myna vs Jungle Myna identification
https://ron-nature-adventure.blogspot.com/2012/03/javan-myna-versus-jungle-myna.html

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March 17, 2020

Pangkor Island 1

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Pulau Pangkor – Sungai Pinang Kechil

I got the bus from the Cameron Islands really early, like 8am, and I did not get to Pulau Pangkor until late in the afternoon, 3pm. Such a massive journey. I found my guest house and settled in. This morning I was up a bit late, and went for a walk along the road that circles the island.

Common Hill Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

“Glossy black myna with bright yellow head wattles. Also note bright candlewax-orange bill and white wing patches that are most apparent in flight. A species of mature humid forest and forest edge, often seen in pairs or small flocks flying between or perched up in tall trees. Famed for its wide repertoire: gives a myriad of screams, squeaks, chirps, and whistles. Threatened by its popularity in the cage bird trade.” (ebird)

Germain's Swiftlet
Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

House Crow
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster )

Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

“The Asian brown flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. The word Muscicapa comes from the Latin musca, a fly and capere, to catch. The specific dauurica refers to Dauria, an area of south-eastern Siberia named after a local nomadic tribe.” (wiki)

Long-tailed Macaque
Long-tailed Macaque

Pulau Pangkor bird list

Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Olive-winged Bulbul
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Black-naped Oriole
Jungle Myna (Acidotheres fuscus)
Common Myna (Acidotheres tristis)
Asian Glossy Starling
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster )
Brahminy Kite
Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Resources:
ID help for Common Sandpiper – https://www.hirenkhambhayta.com/gallery/common-sandpiper/

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March 14, 2020

Trail 4.3

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Cameron Highlands – Tanah Rata Day Three

This morning I got up a bit later and wandered down to the start of the Trail 4. There were some black clouds up above the mountain, and it was a bit cold and windy. Consequently there were far fewer birds around than yesterday. All in all a very lean morning’s birding. And the photos are not that great either! Very low light and hard to get decent focus.

Silver-eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)

Yellow-breasted warbler
Yellow-breasted warbler (Phylloscopus montis)

Mountain Fulvetta
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

Yewww. Such a bad photo. I still have not got a good one of these Mountain Fulvettas.

Mountain Tailorbird
Mountain Tailorbird (Orthotomus cucullatus)

Cameron Highlands bird list
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)
Mountain Tailorbird (Orthotomus cucullatus)
Yellow-breasted warbler (Phylloscopus montis)
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

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March 13, 2020

Trail 4.2

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Cameron Highlands – Tanah Rata Day Two

This morning I was up at 7am and had my coffee before setting off to the start of Trail 4 again. This morning there were so many birds. I got a bit lost in knowing where to shoot sometimes. Most of the time, the light was pretty crap, so I had difficulty getting decent photos. But I persisted.

Streaked Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)

Black-and-crimson Oriole
Black-and-crimson Oriole (Oriolus cruentus)

“The Black-and-crimson Oriole (Oriolus cruentus) is a species of bird in the family Oriolidae. It is found in Indonesia and Malaysia where its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.” (wiki)

Javan Cuckooshrike
Javan Cuckooshrike (Coracina javensis)

Eastern-crowned Warbler
Eastern-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)

I think this is right. It is so hard to tell with these stupid warblers.

Golden Babbler
Golden Babbler (Cyanoderma chrysaeum)

Ermagerd, it is way out of focus, this photo but such a great bird. Record shot only.

Black-eared Shrike-babbler
Black-eared Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius melanotis)

Silver-eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)

Mugimaki Flycatcher
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)

Or is it a Rufous-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula dumetoria), which it could not be because it is way out of range?

Unknown Bird
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus)

Unknown Warbler, maybe
Yellow-breasted warbler (Phylloscopus montis)

Fire-tufted Barbet
Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)

This is such a bad photo. But it is a pretty cool bird.

Gray-chinned  Minivet   - female
Gray-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris) – female

Mountain Tailorbird
Mountain Tailorbird (Phyllergates cucullatus)

Cameron Highlands bird list

Black-and-crimson Oriole (Oriolus cruentus)
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus)
Javan Cuckooshrike (Coracina javensis)
Oriental Magpie-robin
Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Gray-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)
Eastern-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)
White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)
Golden Babbler (Cyanoderma chrysaeum)
Mountain Tailorbird (Phyllergates cucullatus)
Black-eared Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius melanotis)
Yellow-breasted warbler (Phylloscopus montis)

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March 12, 2020

Trail Four

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Cameron Highlands – Tanah Rata 1

I caught the bus from the southern terminal in Kuala Lumpur at 8:30am and was in the Cameron Highlands just after lunch time. I had a little lie down and then about three in the afternoon, I went for a walk along trail number four. It goes along the Sungai Bertam to the Parit Waterfall. I was not expecting any birds at all to be honest, just going for a walk to suss it out. But I found quite a few nice birds.

Mountain Bulbul
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)

This is actually a really excellent photo if I do say so myself.

Streaked Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)

This is a bit out of focus but it is the best I have got. It was just near a big block of flats. Not even in the jungle. doh!

Slaty-backed Forktail
Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus)

There were a pair of them in the river, just as I was walking up the track. Awesome.

Black-throated Sunbird
Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata)

Another really crap photo. But the best I could do.

Brown Fulvetta
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

Not a Brown Fulvetta as I first thought. Thanks to Khaleb Yordan once again for help with identity.

Cameron Highlands bird list

Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus)
Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata)
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)
Scarlet Minivet

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March 9, 2020

Birding Port Dickson

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Tanjung Tuan

I found a cheap hotel in Batu 4, which is just south of Port Dickson. It is right on the beach but miles away from my goal, which is Tanjung Tuan, where the raptor watch is held. I got up at 7am and waited at the bus stop on the off chance of one coming along. And lo and behold, a bus appeared. I got on and went to the end, which was still about four kilometers from Tanjung Tuan. So I had to call a Grab taxi for the rest of the way. Too far to walk.

Oriental Honey Buzzard
Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

I went up to the light-house to wait for the raptors. After about ten o’clock there were a few that came past. Most of them were Oriental Honey Buzzards but I did see on White-bellied Sea-eagle.

Oriental Honey Buzzard
Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

The raptor counters were on a level above me inside the light-house grounds. I asked how many and they said about 100 just before mid-day.

Lineated Barbet
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)

This Lineated Barbet had his mouth chock full of fruit that was on this tree.

Lineated Barbet
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)

Check out the size of that bill. It could hold a lot of fruit.

Pink-necked Green Pigeon  - female
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) – female

The Pink-necked Green Pigeons were hooking into the fruit on the tree too. There was a bit of squabbling going on.

Pink-necked Green Pigeon  - male
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) – male

Tanjung Tuan bird list

Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Olive-winged Bulbul
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

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March 7, 2020

Daurian Starling

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Melaka Birding

This morning I got up late and was just going to go for a river cruise in the morning. I walked past the park near the museums and I spotted something different in the big fig tree. So I pulled out the camera and started shooting. I knew it was some kind of starling but not sure which one it was. It may be a tick. I forget.

 Daurian Starling
Daurian Starling (Agropsar sturninus)

The Daurian Starling (Agropsar sturninus)used to be known as the Purple-backed Starling.
“The Daurian starling (Agropsar sturninus), or Purple-backed Starling, is a species of bird in the starling family found in eastern Asia from eastern Mongolia and south-eastern Russia to North Korea and central China…. The Daurian starling is distinguished from other starling species by its dark mantle and crown and narrow wing bar.” (wiki)

 Daurian Starling
Daurian Starling (Agropsar sturninus)

Anyway I thought I would have nothing for today except some tourist photos, but here we are.

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

Melaka bird list

Daurian Starling (Agropsar sturninus)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur Indus)
Javan Myna
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

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March 6, 2020

Melaka Malaysia

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Melaka Birding

I woke up at 7am and the sun was not up yet. I got ready and had a coffee over the road and set off for the Melaka estuary. I found a bit of straggly scrub on the way, but there was not much happening. After that, I walked back across the highway and went to the Istana Kesultanan Melaka – Sultan’s Palace, Melaka. The bush around the palace was a lot better and there were some decent birds around.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)

“The blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southeastern Asia. It is strongly migratory, seen seasonally in much of peninsular India. This species is sometimes considered to be conspecific with the blue-cheeked bee-eater.” (wiki)

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbets (Megalaima Haemcephala) and Pink-necked Green Pigeon

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

House Crow
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

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

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

Water Monitor
Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)

Melaka bird list

Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Javan Myna
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Lesser Coucal
Zebra Dove
Purple Heron
Grey Heron
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima Haemcephala)
Brahminy Kite
Oriental Magpie-robin

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March 4, 2020

Mersing Beach Johor

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Pantai Mersing

I caught the CW2 bus from Queen Street Terminal in Singapore, through the Singapore and Malaysia immigration, and on to Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru. After a yummy Nasi Lemak in the bus station, I caught the bus to Mersing. I slept most of the way. I found my hostel and in the afternoon went for a walk along the beach. There was not many shore birds because it was pretty much full tide. Next morning the tide was heaps low, so there were lots more birds.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Pacific Golden Plovers and Ruddy Turnstone in flight
Pacific Golden Plovers and Ruddy Turnstone in flight

Kentish  or Malaysian Plover
Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii)

I could not tell which it was – Kentish or Malaysian Plover. Thanks to Khaleb and Boas for the identification.

Mersing Beach bird list

Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Brahminy Kite
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Javan Myna
Zebra Dove
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus) 9315
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)

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February 28, 2020

Taman Negara Gunung Mulu 2

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Taman Negara Gunung Mulu 2

Day two at Taman Negara Gunung Mulu, Mount Mulu National Park. I was reluctant to get out of bed early as it had been cloudy and overcast early and not much was happening because of the crap weather. I went for a stroll around the park head quarters, and then had some breakfast. Then I sauntered up the track to the Treetops Tower again. I was rewarded with a couple of good birds, but the park has been a big disappointment. There are not a lot of birds or animals around. Morning, Tuesday, 25/2/2020.

Scarlet-rumped Trogon
Scarlet-rumped Trogon (Harpactes duvaucelii)

Rufous-tailed Tailorbird
Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus)

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

Black-headed Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)

Red-throated Sunbird
Red-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes rhodolaema)

Moth or butterfly
Moth or butterfly

This moth was gliding. I had never seen that before. Or is it a butterfly?

squirrel
squirrel

Maybe it is a Prevost’s Squirrel. I am not sure.

Taman Negara Gunung Mulu bird list

Scarlet-rumped Trogon (Harpactes duvaucelii)
Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Red-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes rhodolaema)
Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)
Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)

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