Tuesday, 29 December 2009

29/12/2009: Pulau Burung (Penang)

I decided to spend a couple of hours here hoping to get better images of the Pheasant-tailed Jacana but it was nowhere to be seen. It may be foraging in another area or has continued to migrate further south. I'm extremely glad that I had a chance to observe it and so are most of my fellow Penang birders. As my car was stationery for quite a while, the usually wary Purple Herons must have consider it as part of the environment and came rather close.

With the celebrity bird "missing", I gave the other residents, like the Common Moorhens, their due attention and admiration. This particular individual remain on the same spot while it preened...

Foraged...

And rested...Yes, life is certainly good here.

It may be just a landfill to most humans but to the birds and birders, this is paradise. A paradise that is filled with beauty and colours - thanks to birds like this ever-graceful Black-winged Stilt...

And the adorable Little Grebes...

A hunting Stork-billed Kingfisher wrapped things up for this short excursion.

7 comments:

S Taylor said...

What a lovely colourful bird the Stork Billed Kingfisher is. We have very little as colourful as that here in the UK. Great pictures Choy

Hawkeyes a.k.a Kiah said...

Great shots on the Moorhen. Was it very near from your location ?

Choy Wai Mun said...

Thanks, Taylor.

Thanks, Kiah. The Moorhen was quite near to the water's edge.

terence said...

Nice one mun, I still can't get a shot of the Stork Billed Kingfisher since I pick up photography

madibirder said...

Good series Mun.

Wilma said...

The first photo of the purple heron is perfectly composed; a real work of art! Great series.

cheers,
Wilma

Choy Wai Mun said...

Thanks all for your compliments