Monday, 17 May 2010

15/05/2010: Mainland Penang

With the migratory season over, it is back to the forest again. I decided to pay a visit to Bukit Panchor as it has been quite a while since my last visit. However, the birding here is a pale comparison to how it was like when I first visited this forest reserve. Today’s trip only produced a record shot of a foraging Crimson-winged Woodpecker and the others either kept themselves well hidden or kept their distance.

Luckily, the other animals that call this place home was at hand to keep me occupied like these rather confiding Sun Skinks

This squirrel was so indulged with breakfast that it totally ignored my presence…

After the forest outing, I swung by the Pulau Burung landfill and things were rather slow there as well. As the migratory season is officially over, I cannot gauge the damage done by the clearing works. I can only hope that by the time the first migrants start to arrive again, the place will be able to provide sanctuary again as usual. It was a relief to see that the resident Black-winged Stilts are not really affected…

There are still a few Whiskered Terns that have not undergone their journey back north yet.

The resident Long-tailed Macaques should be thankful there are no crocodiles here…

Before calling it the day, I decided to visit the Penanti grasslands to check on the resident waders but the numbers present were not that encouraging. The Oriental Pratincoles did show signs of another successful year with the number of juveniles running around the locality.

Here’s a striking adult bird in breeding plumage…

4 comments:

holdingmoments said...

You have some beautiful birds there Choy.
The Crimson-winged Woodpecker is a beauty, as is the The Oriental Pratincole.

Richard King said...

Wondeful photos! I actually really like the Sun Skink ones.

Choy Wai Mun said...

Thanks all for your kind words

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