7th May is a public holiday in the State of Pahang here in Malaysia. It is called Hari Hol – day to remember the past Sultan, ruler of the state.
I take the opportunity to indulging in my hobby – birding / bird photography. Bukit Rengit is a well known among birder for its lowland bird species. Situated near Lancang and within the Krau Wildlife Forest Reserve. The Malaysia Institute of Biodiversity located there.
I got five ΔΔΔΔΔ lifers that day.
Δ Lifer No.1 – Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus)
I almost miss this species if not for the sound of its wings. I heard loud swishing sound and looked up, OMG there a pair of big bird in flight. Just enough time for two quick grab shots.
The lower left is a male with yellow gular pouch, and female (right) sport a bluish gular pouch.
Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus)
I photographed this babbler at the small stream there. This bird was having a bath at this shallow crystal clear water at 10.45am. Sorry for disturbing you! 😉
Black-capped Babbler (Pellorneum capistratum)
Δ Lifer No. 3 – Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus).
(my 5th woodpecker so far, out of 18 in Malaysia)
You can’t miss this noisy hole digger. This Crismson-winged ID can be confused with Banded Woodpecker if not for the pale grayish-bluish eyering for this crimson species.
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris)
I could not get the full body picture with food in mouth because of thick leaves blocked my view.
Δ Lifer No. 5 – Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
This bird of prey was not exactly at Bukit Rengit, but at Felda Lakum (Palm oil plantation).
I was on my way back when I noticed this white bird perched motionless at a tall dead tree about 30meter from main road. I stopped my car and slowly assembled my shooting gear, and stat firing in the hot sun (1.14pm). It did not afraid of me and stay there until I said goodbye because my CF card already full .
This species is very common in Palm oil plantation, feeding on rats that eat palm fruits (talk about a food chain here).
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
#>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<# Here are some of the birds that I found at Rengit during my birding trip last year.
White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)
Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis)
Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea)