Orange-Breasted Trogon


This is my first time seeing this trogon and able to photograph it.  This looks like a juvenile.

Orange-breasted trogons generally have an olive-yellow head with feathers that are bristled and upright, chestnut upperparts, orange breast that changes to bright yellow on upper and lower portions, white bars on wing sections, and a blue bill. Males have a dull olive-yellowish head with a blue ring; rufous (reddish brown) upperparts and upper tail with paler rump (lower part of back); broad white bars on wing sections; and yellow (grey-based) upper breast with some white along the mid-line. Females have additional grey-brown on head and upperparts; pale buffy-brown rump, grey breast; and yellow lower underparts. Juveniles are similar to females, with young males having warmer brown upperparts.

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Asian Paradise Flycatcher (female)


Using Canon 5D Mk3, 800mm Lens.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia. Males have elongated central tail feathers, and in some populations a black and rufous plumage while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with rufous wings and a black head. They feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree.

Adult Asian Paradise Flycatchers are 19–22 cm (7.5–8.7 in) long.

Asian Paradise Flycatchers are noisy birds uttering sharp skreek calls. They have short legs and sit very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. They are insectivorous and hunt in flight in the understorey. In the afternoons they dive from perches to bathe in small pools of water.

The breeding season lasts from May to July. Being socially monogamous both male and female take part in nest-building, incubation, brooding and feeding of the young. The incubation period lasts 14 to 16 days and the nestling period 9 to 12 days. Three or four eggs are laid in a neat cup nest made with twigs and spider webs on the end of a low branch. The nest is sometimes built in the vicinity of a breeding pair of drongos, which keep predators away. Chicks hatch in about 21 to 23 days. A case of interspecific feeding has been noted with Paradise Flycatcher chicks fed by Oriental White-eyes.

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. 

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.

Asian Glossy Starling


Using Canon 5D Mk3, EF 100-400mm Lens, ISO160, F/9.0, 1/1600

This Asian Glossy Starling is one of the commonest resident at my residential area.  As the name suggest, the feather even is black in color,  it will look glossy green when light shine on them.

Given it’s size about 20cm,  most other small birds, like sunbird, flowerpecker, even burbul also afraid of them where feeding.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) is a species of starling in the Sturnidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. There is also a huge number of this species inhabiting towns and cities, where they take refuge in abandoned buildings and trees. They often move in large groups and are considered one of the noisiest species of birds.

Brown-Throated Sunbird (Female)


Using Canon 5D Mk3, EF 100-400mm Lens, ISO1600, F/9.0, 1/125s

This female Brown-throated Sunbird can be seen regularly around my house, feeding on fruit (like the rape mango), insect, and nectar.  This mother has been very busy these days as she has 2 young chicks to feeds.

Didn’t managed to get a good shot on the male, which is more colorful.  Insert below is an image of the male. Copy taken from Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis), also known as the Plain-throated Sunbird, is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family.

The Brown-throated Sunbird is a relatively large, heavy sunbird with a thick bill. Measuring some 14 centimetres (5.5 in) in length, it has a mass of 7.4–13.5 g (0.26–0.48 oz), with males averaging slightly larger than females.

Like most sunbirds, the male Brown-throated Sunbird is more colourful than the female. The male has iridescent green and purple upperparts with chestnut on the wing-coverts and scapulars; it is primarily yellow below. The female is olive-green above and yellowish below.

The Brown-throated Sunbird primarily feeds on nectar, but it will also take small fruits and berries. Juveniles are fed with insects.

Taken from Wikipedia.