Red-whiskered Bulbul


Using Canon 5D Mk3, 800mm Lens.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) is a passerine bird found in Asia. It is a member of the bulbul family. It is a resident frugivore found mainly in tropical Asia. It has been introduced in many tropical areas of the world where populations have established themselves. It feeds on fruits and small insects and they conspicuously perch on trees and their calls are a loud three or four note call. The distinctive crest and the red-vent and whiskers makes them easy to identify. They are very common in hill forests and urban gardens within its range.

However, this bird believed an escape from cage of his owner.  Found at Karamunsing Complex area.  Looks like a loner as there was no other same species around the area. 

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Trip to Kinabalu National Park (KNP)


Asian Brown Flycatcher (juvenile) found it searching for food on the floor.

Asian Brown Flycatcher (juvenile) front view

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Adult), this adult was seen feeding the juvenile

Temmick’s sunbird (female)
Always seen and captured the male at KNP and this is the first time, taken a nice picture of the female

Short-tailed Green Magpie.
This bird is the common resident at KNP, it makes loud calls while foraging.

Chestnut-hooded Laughing Thrush

Scarlet-Breasted Flowerpecker
Seen this bird many times, and this is the 1st time getting a proper shot.

Little Pied Flycatcher (male)

Bornean Whistler

Baya Weaver


The Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaverbird found across South and Southeast Asia. Flocks of these birds are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves. These nest colonies are usually found on thorny trees or palm fronds and the nests are often built near water or hanging over water where predators cannot reach easily. They are widespread and common within their range but are prone to local, seasonal movements mainly in response to rain and food availability.

The above description is very closed to where we found the species in Borneo.  They we first sighted in Sandakan and now a new group is also found in the interior of Sabah, at Tenom town.  This birds were said to have migrated from Philippines.

The tree they are building the nests don’t seem to be thorny, but the tree is grown at the middle of wetland.

Following is posts of Close up shots about the male (has a yellow color plumage at forehead) and female Baya Weaver.

Male Weaver

Male Weaver

Female weaver

Female Weaver

The male weaver usually build a half completed nest and invite the female to inspect it.  If the female is satisfied with the nest, the male will then construct the entrance tunnel.   Following is a sequence of shots about how the female enter the nest.

    

Red-Bearded Bee-Eater


This bee-eater was taken last year.  It has a very unique call, like a growing alarm call and a series of deep hoarse descending call notes ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.   More often, we can hear it’s call but can’t see it as it normally perches concealed and only flying out to snatch insects.  The male forehead is lilac, the female is red and juvenile green.

Macro


Using Canon 5D Mk3, 800mm Lens, ISO640, f/10, 1/400 -1/3Ev

This was actually a birding trip to Mt. Alab, a place which we have missed for sometime since the last visit.  The weather was cloudy and drizzling.  Birds are no where to be found.  While waiting, we saw this insect hanging on the barbed-wire. It’s body is about 3 inches long.  (Haha, shooting macro using a big lens, still my first time)…

Then we saw this green spider. In fact, there were many such spiders around the brushes.

Using Canon 5D Mk2, 100-400mm Lens, ISO400, f/8,1/500

Then another type of insects.

Using Canon 5D Mk2, ISO400, f/11, 1/125s