Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Male Red-Throated Barbet making his territorial call

With World Cup Football shown every night on TV, most males, I believe, spend less time on the internet. Anyway, I'd like to share the images of this male Red-Throated Barbet making his territorial call from a low perch which I captured during my Kenyir trip recently.

Being a canopy bird, it's quite rare to be able to capture these birds up close with my current setup. I guess, luck was on my side when I found this bird calling from such a low perch.

The lights under our forest canopy was very low, I had to add some flash in order to maintain a reasonable speed to avoid motion blur. I slowly moved in as close as  I could and he seemed to give me a wide grin as I began shooting........

And then he started singing. What amazed me most was that the very loud 'tok, tok, tok' sound we heard from these birds, was actually coming only from the throat , the beak was shut tight while singing.

Here is the sequence of the singing action. Initially, air was drawn in and the throat starts to bulge - up

The singing continues until the bulge of the throat depletes and the sequence was repeated.

Thank you Mr RT Barbet for allowing me to capture these images.....

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The 'ever-present' Dark-Necked Tailor Bird

Where ever there are shrubs and bushes, even in the city, you'll surely come across these wonderful little birds. They are very common here in Malaysia. Common as they are, but I find them very interesting. Their quick movement and constant 'tail cocking', make them a good 'practice' bird.
I was stalking a Blue-eared Barbet high up in the canopy when this Dark-Necked Tailor Bird showed up just a few meters in front of my lens.

Their small size and quick movements make it quite a challenge to get a good capture.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Bee-Eaters of Sg. Trengganu

I spotted a flock of these beautiful 'Blue-throated Bee-Eater' while driving along the left bank of Trengganu river near Kg. Temer, Kuala Brang recently. Using the car as a hide I moved as close as I could to a tree where a few birds were resting on a dead branch. It was quite a struggle to shoot through the car window without a proper support. Anyway these were my best effort that I would like to share.....

Even though they are known as 'BEE-EATER' they certainly enjoyed other insects as well... 

This one actually caught a butterfly earlier and trashed it on the branch a couple of times before attempting to swallow it.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Backyard Birds

There are not many opportunities for me to do bird photography when I'm back home in Kelana Jaya, Selangor. Anyway, I went for a walk around the Kelana Jaya Lake and to my surprise, there were quite a few species of birds present and I managed to get a few shots that I'd like to share here.

This male Olive-backed Sunbird totally ignored my presence allowing me to get very close to him.


White-throated King Fisher is always present near the pond

Javan Mynah foraging for food

Black-naped Oriole with it's distinctive loud call

And also this very friendly Little Bronze Cuckoo

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Closeup Photos

Just sharing some of my closeup shots from my collection