There have been quite a few vagrants popping up in my home state of
Penang recently like the Pied Cuckoo and Asian Openbill. The latest celebrity visitor is the Red-throated Thrush - photographed at Pulau Burung (a new record for ). I have the rest of the week to bird as part of my Chinese New Year break and the thrush was a very good reason for me to visit this locality. Malaysia
I managed to photograph, most probably the same bird, at the same location again later in the morning and the lighting was much better this time.
I searched extensively for the thrush but without any success. However, the other birds put on quite a show for me and I had quite a great time observing and photographing the commoner species like this stunning Common Kingfisher. Pulau Burung weaves its magic once again...
I can always count on the Blue-tailed Bee-eaters here to cheer me up even after dipping out on a mega rarity….
And talking about the marshlands, it was teeming with birds this beautiful morning. A pair of Lesser Whistling-ducks was foraging quite close to the water’s edge and provided me with ample opportunity to capture their images.
This Little Grebe in non-breeding plumage particularly ignored my presence and went about its daily routine.
I was quite surprised to find this juvenile Common Moorhen so tolerant of my presence and this is certainly the closest I have ever been to this species.
White-browed Crakes are usually shy and elusive creatures...but not here. This individual was foraging right out in the open just next to my stationery vehicle.
Anyway, I followed the trail of the rail and waited patiently for it to show itself again. Gradually it did…for a second or so anyway.
I also managed to pick out a White-winged Tern from the usual Whiskered Terns. For some reason the former is greatly outnumbered by the latter at this locality.
Here’s a Whiskered Tern for comparison and in non-breeding plumage, the differences between their plumages are quite subtle.