15 June 2024

Asian dollarbird, Oriental dollarbird in flight

I have seen his blue bird making a hole in the coconut tree trunk in Temerloh., but this is the first time in Raub. I think this bird came from the nearby hill of a rubber plantation.
Dollar Bird in flight
Oriental dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis orientalis)
Dollar Bird in flight
Flying past my over my house.
Dollar Bird in Flight
then turning back to the rubber plantation.
In flight has a characteristic white circle, or ‘dollar’, on each under wing.

25 May 2024

Stork billed Kingfisher harassed White-throated kingfisher Birds

Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis malaccensiswas) harassing and chasing a White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra).
Stork-billed Kingfisher chasing White-throated Kingfisher

The  "Big Boss" (37cm) sits high up on the Ironwood tree (Casuarina equisetifolia)

the "little" one (28cm) is contended on the tree stump


12 May 2024

Stork billed kingfisher feeding behavior - catches a fish

I spotted this large kingfisher perched on a tall ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolia), at  the same pond as last month.

 The stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis malaccensis)

Waiting and watching on the dead wood

swoop down on a fish

flying over water after unsuccessful catch

got a fish and climbing on the dead tree

Ikan Pupu, climbing perch (Anabas testudineus) 

flew away from photographer


16 April 2024

White-throated kingfisher Feeding behavior

White-throated kingfisher Feeding behavior
Lotus pond at Temerloh, Malaysia
That white-red is KWSP (Employees' Provident Fund) building

Last week's Aidil-Fitri holiday gave me a chance to do some bird photography.
There is a small lotus pond near my house (10 minutes walk), beside the KWSP Building on Jalan Persiaran Damai 4.
In an hour, I saw four different bird species. There are two Kingfishers, two water hens, and a Chinese pond heron.
From the car window, I captured this kingfisher in action.
I have seen this species feeding on grasshoppers, frogs, and lizards, but this is my first seeing fish as its diet.
A pair of White-throated King Fisher
White-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis  perpulchra). The one flapping its wing probably is a male.
A pair of White-throated King Fisher
A pair of White-throated Kingfishers perched openly on two death trees.
A pair of White-throated King Fisher
White-throated kingfisher at Temerloh Pond
Fly over the Lotus plants, (Nelumbo nucifera)
White-throated kingfisher fly over water at Temerloh Pond
Fly parallel over the water, looking for fish.
The white-throated kingfisher did not dive directly into the water but had a preference for catching fish from the water's surface.
White-throated kingfisher tried to catch a fish
Kingfisher fail to catch a fish
Fail, let's try again. Out of three attempts that I saw, only one was successful. (33%)
© copyright Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman - White-throated kingfisher failed to catch a fish
Landing a rotten wood not far from my car - look at the eye - nictitating membrane.
White-throated Kingfisher landed near a car -close-up view
Take off to dry the feathers
Kingfisher suscess catch a small fish
Successfully caught a small fish, probably guppy.