12 April 2021

Birding in Malacca mudflat - Shorebirds, waders

My first time photographing the shorebirds. 
Shooting with a short a 400mm lens very far from the hotel room, so pictures are not sharp and big enough for proper identification. Except for crow, egret, lapwing and oriole; those small waders are my first time and I am  clueless about the ID.
After some searched , I found a  A Beginner’s Guide to Wader Identification  - Dig Deep website by  Ornithologist Dave Bakewell, a shorebirds expert. 

This is a general wide angle picture of the mudflat near the Malacca straits, in front of the Mahkota Hotel.

The bird at lower left is probably a common sandpiper, and the next two birds (darker) probably a  Common Redshank.  The top left group are 5 Common Redshanks, and 20 Common Sandpipers.
The birds with elegant longs legs are Black-winged Stilts.
Burung yang santai di atas tanah mungkin  ?Common RedShanks

Black-winged Stilt, fly in unison - my lifer 
The Malacca Straits Mosque
Landing Chinese Egret with ? Black-winged Stilt
House crow
Common RedShanks following House crow, Grey Heron at right corner.
House crow and Red-wattled Lapwings in-flight and two unknown waterbirds (probably a Common Sandpiper)
Grey heron and Lapwings
a flock of house crows
Egret with yellow bill
Classic Chinese cruise ship, or modern jong / Djong. There is a golden dragon emblem at the port bow
Egret with black legs and yellow bill  (?Great Egret or ?Chinese Egret) with  three elegant model Black-winged Stilts
Little Egret flying near a dome of Malacca Straits Mosque.


Two small birds at lower left are probably  a Common Sandpiper

Slow shutter speed - evening in front of the Mahkota Medical Center
This bird I know the ID

Purple heron, not my lifer
landed, waited by two common sandpiper

landing
neck stretches up watching the  Black-winged Stilt fly pass
Black-winged Stilts in flight
Little Egret landing to 11 dancers (Black-winged Stilts)
Mahkota Medical Center in a glow of sunrise 
Sunset at Mahkota Hotel 

07 April 2021

Brown Shrine on White Lead-tree and Blue Barbed Wire Fence

First year bird (juvenile) wintering in Malaysia.
Burung Hijrah. 
Sepatutnya burung ni dah balik ke utara (Mongolia, China, all), tapi  masih berada di Taman Maju Indah, Raub. Kebiasaannya burung dewasa balik awal. [teringat Ustaz Azhar Idrus dlam ceramah selalu kata 'balik awal"  ;)]
Burung ni mendominasi kawasan belakang taman, tepi Sungai Lui, berdekatan dengan MFNF Car Wash.
Setiap pagi saya berjogging atau berbasikal, dia ada bertenggek di atas pagar besi, atau di atas tahan petai belalang. Tak takut pun bila didekati.
Ini kawasan burung ni mencari makan. Map from Google

Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus), foraging on White Lead-tree  (Leucaena leucocephala)
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, 400mm, 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2000, Aperture priority, Patern metering
Perched on the blue PVC coated barbed wire
Puas makan sampai buncit perut, simpan tenaga untuk pulang jauh nun di utara Asia.
Burung Seliah / Burung Tirjup mencari makan di Pokok Petai Belalang
Seliah remaja mempunyai bulu dada seakan bersisik (scalloped).

23 March 2021

Lama tak hujan - Birding in the rain

 Barn Swallow - juvenile - above and below


Pied Fantail foraging on the Belimbing Buluh tree (Averrhoa bilimbi)
Barn Swallow in Bougainvillea  tree, IN focus above and OUT of focus below.
Canon 5D Mark IV failed to focus on that small plastic pole, but locked into the background flowers.
I have to do the manual focus and wait for the swallow to land.


flock of Bee-eater fly pass 

Oleander (Nerium oleander), - pokok beracun - cardiac glycosides, saponins, digitoxigenin, oleandrin.
Daun pokok ini sangat pahit, jadi kemungkinan untuk termakan  adalah kecil
Pacific swallow on the wire at my backyard