Thursday, December 9, 2010

Of the resident, migrant, captured and escapees of Kedah Coast

I went back to my wife's house after attending family day programme held by my wokplace. As we were at Semeling, i decided to home through Yan- Kuala Kedah road. After reaching Kuala Kedah, we were brought by my GPS to a small road cutting through paddyfields. We did reach home safely and along the way i found many surprises..i also did some birding and here are the results..

Lets start of with some shots of the resident birds...

My first Cinnamon Bittern from this area...


Some migrants...

Common redshanks..
 White winged tern hunting for dragonfly...
 It did manage to get one..
I finally got a decent shot of this fella, Common Kingfisher..



Now come the sad news...as the migratory season starts off, so did the mist netting season for the local villagers...as usual many unwanted animal including bats and birds was also captured and left to dry on the net...
The usual victims are fruit bat and the Baya weaver,
 Brown Hawk Owl,
 The owl was lucky that i manage to release it on time and it survived. Unlike this Japanese Sparrowhawk which was too weak and finally died after some time of removal from the mist net...
 Pity...

Now come to the escapees...

This is Asian Pied Starling. It has been recorded from some other area in Peninsular Malaysia too...

and to my surprise, i saw this bidr which i'm pretty sure is a Crested Myna....anyone disagree?

It suppose to just reached mainland Penang?! Hmm...

6 comments:

digdeep said...

Hi Muin

Interesting. The Hawk-owl (Boobook) is probably the migratory Northern Boobook, which has been split by some authorities from our resident form. Your tern with a dragonfly needs a second look. Check the head pattern!

Cheers

Dave

M. A. Muin said...

Thanks Dave. Tern is White Winged (the one with headphone),sorry..The Boobook is indeed looked much bigger than the one i saw at Air Itam Dam. After u said it then only i notice the split coz it is not illustrated..Pity i didn't do a proper check on it.

Kurt (aka OrionMystery) said...

Wonderful shots of the kingfishers. Sad to see birds caught up in the net :(

terence said...

I will say i need more photo of the owl and perhaps the call of the owl to be sure is it a Northern or the Brown. But looking at the second picture in hand, I think it is a Northern as what Dave said. Irecently only got my Northern in Penara.

yen said...

lucky you were there.

M. A. Muin said...

Thanks all. I guess i must look for the owl again but it won't be easy..i stil couldn't find my long lost oriental scops owl n racket tailed treepie yet...sigh!