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Galana

A very nice collection and a great score. Well done.

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PeterHG

Very good Gabon collection and, yes, quite a total now!

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Kitsafari

Thank you @TonyQ and @Galana and @PeterHG

 

So while I am in Bangkok (for work) for a few days, yesterday two exotic birds decided to pay a visit to our home. 

 

First, while my helper was preparing to feed my dog, a brightly coloured migrant bird flew through the window and landed near his food. 

 

A blue-winged pitta! we've never had such an illustrious feathered visitor before. It was clearly exhausted so my helper caught it and put into a box for it to rest. My husband gave it some water but it decided there was too much human fussing and flew out of the box and out of the house. 

 

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Then a couple of hours later after hubby went off the work, a murder of crows were squawking blue murder. My helper (who is an excellent spotter by the way and always on the lookout for new birds for us) decided to check what was bothering them. She found out, posted a pix on the family group chat, I saw it, and called hubby all the way from Bangkok -

it's a BARN OWL! GO HOME!

Unfortunately he was too late. the crows had chased the owl away. and all that happened when I'm not home! Sad!

sorry about the large size of the owl photos, my helper used her phone to take and then cropped the photos, which I thought was pretty darn good!

 

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Soukous

Blue-winged Pitta - Wow!

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Kitsafari

I know - how thrilling is that! but for me, it is bad news as well. my helper said she thought she also saw a paradise flycatcher in the tree in front of our house. 

these are forest birds. that can only mean their habitat in the nearby wooded areas are completely destroyed (they continue to flatten more of the nearby large wooded area for the MRT construction and building new tall rise apartment blocks), and they can't find the usual habitat when they migrate this year, and are finding their ways into residential areas. Terribly sad for them that such places for them to rest and refuel before heading further south are gone. I don't know where else they can find similar habitats on our very concretised island. :(

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Dave Williams

Amazing kitchen bird!!! And then the garden bird as well, wow!

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Galana

Any chance I can sign up to transfer your helper to "Team Galana" as that view of the Barn Owl is way better than I have ever achieved? The Pitta of course would have been a lifer.

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PeterHG

Some visitors! A Barn Owl photo, taken with a phone, I'm going to sell my gear :)!

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Peter Connan

Wow, that is cool!

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michael-ibk

A Pitta in the kitchen! :blink:

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lmSA84

I’m with @PeterHG - no need for all this silly camera gear with a home like that! 

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Kitsafari

getting a move on with only 1.5 months left now for 2019....

 

In October, I had a work trip to KL so I took the opportunity to do a one-day birding tour with a local guide. there are lots of advantages of using a guide for me  - the local birder will know exactly where the oft-seen birds are, forests in SEA are thick and there are often no trails so birding is essentially along the main road.  The use of play calls is widespread and necessary but a responsible birder will not use it irresponsibly (continuously for eg). The guides I used for the two trips in KL and Bangkok did not resort to baiting but it is again a widespread use in both countries. 

I was taken to the outskirts of the Krau Wildlife Reserves, which is about 1.5 hours drive from the KL city centre, and is sometimes referred to as Lanchang by local birders. there were specific unmarked spots that the guide Weng Choon stopped at and where usually some birds could be heard. I was lucky one or two other species came out while the play calls for specific species (which didn't appear!) were made. We walked along the roads and only once we went into a short trail to a baiting station used by the Malaysian birders.

 

First the species already in earlier counts: 

 

30/KL1 : Short-tailed Babbler,  Krau

 

in the Singapore list. 

 

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Kitsafari

12/KL2 : Blue-Throated Bee Eater

 

A resident in Malaysia. ALready in the Singapore list. 

 

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Kitsafari

53/KL3 :  Oriental Dollarbird

 

In the Singapore list, the dollarbird is also a resident in Malaysia. we saw a pair high up on the tree, with the larger one (presumably male) bobbing up and down as if he was courting the female.

 

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Kitsafari

8/KL4 : Asian Brown Flycatcher

 

In the Singapore list. just a record EBC shot here to show it was there!

 

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Kitsafari

477/KL5 : Ferruginous Babbler

 

A very flighty small bird - it appeared for a few seconds jumping from twig to twig at the corner of the hide (at the eating station). The babbler is found in sub-tropical and tropical moist lowland forests in Malaysia, southern Thailand, Borneo and Sumatra. 

 

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Kitsafari

478/KL6 : Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler

 

Considered near-threatened in the IUCN red list, the slightly larger than usual fluffy-backed tit-babbler is distributed in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo. It is losing its natural habitat in sub-tropical and tropical moist lowland forests and swamps. While we were trying to call other species, this pair started to make a lot of noise in a bush next to the road. one of them posed really nicely in the open. 

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Kitsafari

479/KL7 : Black-capped Babbler

 

Found in Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Borneo, this babbler came quietly to a bush at the corner of the hide and stayed only for a few seconds to see if there was food. it left too fast and I was too slow, so I got only record shots. 

 

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Kitsafari

480/KL8 : Sooty Barbet

 

Resident only in peninsular Malaysia, the western side of southern Thailand and Sumatra  and used to be in Singapore but it's extirpated now. The sooty barbet must be one of the dullest barbet species. A brown sooty head with a brownish back and a off-white chest and belly, the barbets were moving in a flock through the trees. The sooty barbet was split from the Malay Brown Barbet which is said to be endemic only to Borneo and looks different from the sooty barbet with a brownish throat. 

 

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Kitsafari

481/KL9 : Long-billed Spiderhunter

 

This bird made us chase it up and down the road, hiding in the high foliage of trees. But then it decided to fly higher to hassle a raptor before settling on a dead branch and finally giving us a chance to take a quick shot. But posing against the bright skies also presented challenges for us too! Okay, ok, stop whinging already, me!!

native to peninsular Malaysia, northwestern Sumatra and patches in Borneo, the long-billed spiderhunter is one of seven species of spiderhunters resident in peninsular Malaysia. 

 

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Kitsafari

482/KL10 : Fork-tailed Swift

 

Must be one of my better EBCs, surely. There are four sub-species of fork-tailed swifts of which two - the Salim Ali's and Blyth's swifts - are found in Tibetan highlands/Sichuan province and Assam/lower himalayas areas, respectively. The Cook's swift is found in limestone caves of Myanmar and northern Thailand, leaving the fourth - Pacific swift - the most likely group for this blob to be in. The Pacific swift migrates from northern Asia to southeast Asia during winter months. 

 

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Kitsafari

483/KL11 : Little Green Pigeon

 

Another EBC - a small flock of little green pigeons was perching in a tree right inside the forest. Weng Choon set up a scope and helped me snatch a couple of shots off it. My shot off the camera had to be heavily cropped. 

This species is found in all of Borneo, peninsular Malaysia, southern Thailand and Sumatra, and very rare in Singapore. It looks almost like the pink-breasted green pigeon except that it is much smaller and has maroon wings and a bluish grey hood. 

 

 

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xelas

Only 17 new ticks away from #500 ... go get them, @Kitsafari! Thailand is not that far away :) ... or maybe a long weekend on Borneo ;)?

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Kitsafari
1 minute ago, xelas said:

Only 17 new ticks away from #500 ... go get them, @Kitsafari! Thailand is not that far away :) ... or maybe a long weekend on Borneo ;)?

 

hahaa - did a day trip outside BKK too but many pictures to end in the bin. one more trip to chiangmai in december - we shall see......

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Kitsafari

484/KL12 : Hairy-backed Bulbul

 

A songbird species that has three sub-species - one in peninsular Malaysia, one in Borneo and one in Sumatra. it flew in while we were at the hide. 

 

 

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