Taman Rimba Kiara is a little green gem located in a corner of the TTDI residential area. The above flowering tree, the firmiana malayana or mata lembu, flashes in testimony to man's care-less-ness - it's one of only two trees in the park that had flowered, since then the tree had been chopped down.

Saturday, 15 January 2022

"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!"

 Food was and is aplenty for the Pink-necked Green Pigeons in the taman.

And sharing was easy - fallen palm fruits were everywhere, for a bird that seldom come down to ground to feed.

Or you can have it all, up there.

And who said selection is easy!

Over-indulgence?  Stupefaction?

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Which green-backed?

 Is it the same bird?  Could it be possible?  After all, it's less than a year since I last sighted one here (post of 20 March 2021).

Do Green-backed Flycatchers (Fecidula elisae) go where others have gone before?  Do they have a penchant for almost, exactly, similar haunt?

I have a strong feeling that I would find a Green-backed Flycatcher in the same place that I saw it the last season, and indeed it turned out to be the exact same place, even on the same tree (!) I spotted one before these birds are known to fly home for spring.

It was rather skittish when I first spotted it so I left it alone and came by again half an hour later, almost certain it would still be there, and it was.

It seemed not to be as active as the other flycatchers going for its catch, merely actively scanning about and eventually headed further in.

When I saw this one shortly after in a bird wave, I did wonder if it's the same bird.

And further on down the hill I came upon this female.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

As I was passing

 It normally comes rather quietly and goes about the same way and is easily missed unless one zooms in on the slightest avian movements.

The Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker (Picoides canicapillus) is certainly one of the smallest woodpeckers.  And this one looks like a female minus the reddish streak on the side of the crown seen on the male.

Monday, 10 January 2022

Little yellow magnet

 A little yellow cannonball that refreshes tiring eyes that have almost given up on any interesting sighting, to say the least.

The Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia), especially the male, is undoubtedly a treat for sore eyes.  I've noticed over the years that the female is more easily spotted in the taman than the male.  And most of the time, these flycatchers are seen at the beginning of the migratory season and again just before they fly home, so it's rather uncommon to find it here mid-season.

I guess yellow is quite addictive as I can't seem to let go despite the same standing order!

I hope we have taken delight in each other!

Eyeing it this low was a bonus because just a couple of days before, it was way too high up.

Friday, 7 January 2022

Luring the pipit

 The Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) must have smelt the freshly cut grass and sped here.  It's not a resident neither a regular visitor but it does appear like magic, almost instantly whenever grass in the field is cut.

A mere sparrow-sized bird of about 15cm, it's easily missed if one does not pay attention to that continuous little movement in the grass.

By the time I spotted it it looked like it had just downed a catch.

And just as quickly it managed to pick up a millipede meal.

Did I make it to drop its catch?

Another gleeful look my way before it went hunting again.

Easy, another catch of a grasshopper.

A few more steps away, and it's a beetle.

And as if it found me tiresome, it simply flew intentionally a few meters away to devour its prey, and I thought too to let it alone, grateful for those brief moments that still delight a birder who have encountered it repeatedly.

Ever alert to its surrounding even as it continued to forage.

As I was passing by

The Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) is a large spiderhunter with unmistakable large and thick yellow eyerings, hence the name.  In addition it also has a loud harsh call and that was what revealed its location as I was passing by.


Wednesday, 5 January 2022

When a raptor go for a kill

 What could it mean when a raptor like the Crested Serpent-eagle flew down just metres from where you are, ignored you, but 'perch-still' looking backward stealthily?  It's got to be stalking!

And just as it had suddenly flown in, it also suddenly headed for the ground, and gotcha!

And it finally looked our way, with its catch securely under its feet!

And there's definitely no letting go despite the prey's desperately flicking tail.

It looked like the immediate task was to go for the kill whilst protecting itself by drawing on its nictitating membrane, its translucent third eyelid that can be slid across its eye for protection, and a challenge too as the prey wound its tail round one of its legs.

The meal of its day, a cobra, an Equatorial Spitting Cobra (Naja Sumatrana), id courtesy of Dr Vince Adam.

And it not only had to contend with a struggling cobra but also a fallen branch which I supposed was where the cobra could have entwined itself earlier.  

And to think that I had trod by that very path just not too many minutes ago!

And off went the Serpent-eagle with an incapacitated prey, and a lifeless hood flared earlier in defence?

And about twenty minutes later, I chanced upon this one again, now on the other side of the fence to where it had earlier caught its prey, looking like it was tearing at its meal as it bobbed its head.

Perhaps it was just finishing off its meal as it swiftly moved away from what it was doing when I hunched down to view it, remaining cool and composed.

And then up it came to sit handsome on the gate, as if awaiting another opportunity, or was it protecting an unfinished meal, whichever for which unfortunately I couldn't wait to witness.