White-Breasted Waterhen


Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO500, 1/320, f8

This waterhen is among the commonest one in Sabah, it can be seen at swamp, padi fields, and even at my backyard (near drain). They can be noisy when 2 or more meet and make loud and repetitive croaking calls.

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The White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) is a waterbird of the rail and crake family Rallidae that is widely distributed across South and Southeast Asia. They are dark slaty birds with a clean white face, breast and belly. They are somewhat bolder than most other rails and are often seen stepping slowly with their tail cocked upright in open marshes or even drains near busy roads.

They are largely crepuscular in activity and during the breeding season, just after the first rains, make loud and repetitive croaking calls.Adult White-breasted Waterhens have mainly dark grey upperparts and flanks, and a white face, neck and breast. The lower belly and undertail are cinnamon coloured. The body is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the reeds or undergrowth. They have long toes, a short tail and a yellow bill and legs. Sexes are similar but females measure slightly smaller. Immature birds are much duller versions of the adults. The downy chicks are black, as with all rails.

Grey Heron


Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO250, 1/1250, f10

This bird was photographed at wetland, Tuaran, while it was waiting for fish, I think. Its consider a rare winter migrant to the whole of Borneo until recently when it has become relatively common in the swamps and padi fields in NW Sabah.

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The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions. It has become common in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast.

t is a large bird, standing up to 100 cm (39 in) tall and measuring 84–102 cm (33–40 in) long with a 155–195 cm (61–77 in) wingspan.[2] The body weight can range from 1.02–2.08 kg (2.2–4.6 lb). Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful, pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The call is a loud croaking “fraaank”. The Australian White-faced Heron is often incorrectly called Grey Heron. In Ireland the grey heron is often colloquially called ” crane “.