30 March 2010

Steel Bird

Steel bird with turquoise colour at vertical stabilizer and jet engines, photographed it while birding at my backyard.

Air Asia airplane with Tourism Malaysia Logo-Airbus A320-216

AirAsia Airbus A320-216, reg. no. 9M-AFQ with Tourism Malaysia Logo
Steel Bird - Air Asia airplane with Tourism Malaysia ad Airbus A320-216
Photo © Florian G. at Jetphotos.Net

26 March 2010

Forgoten Friday - SkyWatch Friday

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digging form my archived (old 2007 pictures)

Oriole and Coppersmith Barbet
Black-naped Oriole and Coppersmith Barbet

Black-naped Oriole at Papaya tree

25 March 2010

Common Tree Shrew

I'm of out of bird picture, so this mammals for today.

Common Tree Shrew

Looks like a squirrel with it long bushy tail, but the face and long nose resemble a rat.
Common Tree Shrew (Tupaia glis)

23 March 2010

No fledgling but empty nest - another failed nesting

What can I say, another failed nesting at my backyard. :( (sob-sob)
I expected the fledgling to appear on Sunday, but when I woke up on Thursday morning and looked over the window, I noticed this. The right part of the nest destroyed and ripped off with strands of nest fibres dangled down there. No chicks movement or their call, just silent.
It was normal nest with happily and noisy chicks feeding when I observed on Wednesday evening.

What caused this, I don't know. Maybe strong wind or night predator?. OGK.
Nest destroyed Parent looking for their chicks and the destroyed nest.
Parent checking their damaged nestSad parent, looking their lost chicks. Still bringing food...
Oriole Pair waiting in vain for their chicksFor two consecutive morning, the female oriole came to this tree, waiting... and waiting and calling.
She called with harsh voice, like this song recorded by David Farrow.

Mother Oriole crying over her lost chicksOn behalf of the all the birds at my backyard and my family , I express sadness and extend condolences to both Oriole parent on the demise of their two oriole nestling.

19 March 2010

Flowerpecker and Oriole - SkyWatch Friday

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Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

Oriole resting at Banana Leaf

16 March 2010

Saya dah besar Mak! - Mum I'm bigger!

It has been one week since the chicks hatched. Now it has grown bigger and the yellow feather start to grow. I expect another 5 days before fledgling.

One week old oriole's Chick

I'm hungry mom!My eye now open!
very hungry chicks, feeding every 5 - 30 minutes.

after feeding, the mother attended to the other end (butt), and picked the faecal sac to be disposed off far from the nest.

taking faecal sac from the butt

10 March 2010

Two Nestlings... yeah!

Finally two Nestlings were visible yesterday evening.


2 chicks
the other chick was inside the nest (arrow)

Two Chicks

Fly off after feeding the baby
flew off after feeding the baby

09 March 2010

Orioles and Nest

Here a pair looking after their clicks. Female sat inside the nest.

Oriole Pair

Female Black-naped Oriole checking her nesttaking off after feeding the baby.
Fly away looking for food

08 March 2010

Orioles start Feeding

The orioles pair start feeding the chicks yesterday.
Both male and female keep turn feeding, with a variety of food.

Female Black-naped Oriole with Food

Female Black-naped Oriole with Food

Male Black-naped Oriole with Food

07 March 2010

In and after the rain

This post is dedicated to Common Iora couple that lost their two babies two weeks ago.
I documented here how mother Iora protected her chicks from the rain and bad weather.
See how she spread her feathers fill to the brim of the nest, sealed it and protected her chicks from wet.

Common Iora Nest in the Rain
ISO 2000

Common Iora during the rain
...and dutifully bring the food after the rain.

Common Iora Feeding after the rain

05 March 2010

After the rain

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04 March 2010

Paddyfield Pipit Behavior

This Pipit pictures was photographed last month at Padang Golf Raub. I post it now after reading the Star Newspaper about Pipit Invasion at Keningau Sabah. Full news click here.

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)- scratching

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)- preening

02 March 2010

Oriole Nest Day 12

After the failed nesting of Common Iora, my attention is now on this Black-naped Oriole.
The nest is quite high, about 20 feet at Cempedak tree.
Unlike Iora, this Orioles are a bit jittery and will fly away from the nest if I walk from the car to my house. It is difficult to determine the sex as the colours are almost the same.
If we go by average incubation period of 14 days, the chicks feeding will start soon.
Stay tune!
Oriole Nest

Black-naped Oriole taking a rest

Black-naped Oriole on Coconut tree

Black-naped Oriole

01 March 2010