Striated Grassbird

The Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) is an “Old World warbler” species in the family Locustellidae.

Common resident in Sabah. Can be seen in grasslan and cultivated area like paddy field.



Javan Pond Heron

Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO200, 1/500, f5.6

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Javan Pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa is a wading bird of the heron family , found in shallow fresh and salt-water wetlands in Southeast Asia. Its diet comprises insects, fish, and crabs.

The Javan Pond Heron is typically 45 cm long with white wings, a yellow bill with a black tip, yellow eyes and legs. Its overall colour is orange, slaty and white during mating season, and brown and flecked with white out of the mating season. The non-breeding plumage is similar to that of the Chinese and Indian Pond Herons and is virtually indistinguishable in the field. It breeds from June to September. It is migratory.

Ruddy-Breasted Crake

Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO800, 1/200, f8.0

Photo taken at Paddy field Penampang on 10OCT2011.

The Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca), or Ruddy Crake, is a waterbird in the rail and crake family Rallidae. Its breeding habitat is swamps and similar wet areas across south Asia from the Indian subcontinent east to south China, Japan and Indonesia.
The Ruddy-breasted Crake is about 22-23 cm long. The body is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the reeds or undergrowth. It has long toes and a short tail. Coloring includes a pale brown back and chestnut head and underparts, with white barring on the flanks and undertail. The bill is yellowish, and the eyes, legs, and feet are red.The sexes are similar, but juveniles are dark brown with some white spotting.These birds probe in mud or shallow water and also pick up food by sight. They forage for shoots, berries and insects, as well as large snails, which they eat by using their bills to peck through the hard shell.Ruddy-breasted Crakes are territorial, but are quite secretive, hiding amongst grassy shrubs and bushes when disturbed.


Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)

Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO320, 1/800, Av, f8.0

This scarce resident scattered records from paddy fields throughout Borneo indicate an expanding range. They are crepuscular and nocturnal.  Female is larger and brighter than male. I photographed this pair at Penampang paddy fields. They are much easier to local after the workers cleared the fields.



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Medium-sized, plump wading bird. Long reddish-brown bill, slightly decurved at tip, and distinct white or pinkish eye patch. Rounded, buff-spotted wings and short tail. White of breast extends up around top of folded wing. The Painted Snipe is not related to the true snipes and differs from them in habits, flight and appearance, being far more colorful and having longer legs than the snipes. It is unusual in showing reversed sexual dimorphism; the female is larger and more brightly colored than the male, with the sides of the head, neck and throat a rich chestnut brown, and a distinct black band across the breast; the male is paler and greyer.

Not a vocal species; the male at times utters a shrill trill, while the female makes a guttural ook sound as well as hissing noises during breeding displays.

Usually found close to the fringes of reed beds along shorelines of marshes, swamps, ponds and streams.

Solitary or in pairs, sometimes in groups of up to 12. Rather shy and retiring, skulking close to the vegetation so that it can retreat to cover if disturbed. When flushed, flies like a rail with legs dangling. Bobs hindquarters on landing and sometimes when walking. Probes for food in the mud. The female initiates courtship and may mate with more than one male. The male incubates the eggs.

The feed on insects, crustaceans, molluscs and seeds.

Black-Winged Stilt (Himantopus Himantopus)

Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO320, Av, 1/60, f8.0

This scarce winter visitor is increasingly common now a days around west coast of Sabah. Feeds in freswaters and wet paddy fields, usually with small groups. It distinguished from Black-necked Stilt by clean white neck of adults although immature often has a variable amount of dark grey on hind neck (like the one shown on photo).

Black-Winged Kite

Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO400, 1/160, f8.0, 1 2/3

This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl like forward-facing eyes with red irides.

This bird gave me a nice round up of my birding experience for year 2011.  This afternoon, I decided to drive to paddy field of Penampang to take a look at the paddy field again to see if I can find the Brown Shrike for to better shot. After about 2 hours of waiting, there is no excitement for me as there is no new birds, not even the Red Avadavat.

Just when I’m about to pack my gear and head home, I stay at the bridge and  watched the shallows flying around, there I spotted this bird perching at the top of a branch.  I can’t believe my eyes!!!  I have seen this bird before along paddy field at old Papar road but can’t take a clear shot of it.  This time, it just perched there seem like resting as its not moving its head much in search of food. I started taking the shot while moving towards it.  After taking some satisfying shots, seeing it stretching its wings.  I waited for it to take off….However, when it flew away, I was not ready and only managed the following shot.

Using Canon 7D 800mm Lens, ISO200, 1/250 f6.3

Using Canon 7D 800mm Lens ISO200, 1/250, f6.2 +2/3

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much-smaller kestrels.

This long-winged raptor is predominantly grey or white with black shoulder patches, wing tips and eye stripe. The long falcon-like wings extend beyond the tail when the bird is perched. In flight, the short and square tail is visible and it is not forked as in the typical kites of the genus Milvus. When perched, often on roadside wires, it often adjusts its wings and jerks its tail up and down as if to balance itself. The sexes are alike in plumage.Their large forward-facing eyes and velvety plumage are characters that are shared with owls and the genus itself has been considered as a basal group within the Accipitridae.

The Black-winged Kite breeds at different times of the year across its range. Although nesting has been noted throughout the year in India, they appear not to breed in April and May. Courtship is noisy and involves chases and once the pair is formed they copulate frequently.

The prey include grasshoppers, crickets and other large insects, lizards and rodents. Injured birds, small snakes and frogs have also been recorded. The slow hunting flight is like a harrier, but it will hover like a Kestrel. It has on rare occasions been known to hunt prey in flight.