Today Rafi and I decided to pay Juara a visit.
Olsson says in his report, “This bay on the east side of the island is probably the best place to look for vagrants“, and we had to agree. Apart from the obvious advantage of being on the east coast , there’s a good range of habitats that look perfect for newly arrived migrants.
Reality! Just two passerine migrants – this Brown Shrike (our only record) and an Asian Brown Flycatcher. Still, with the right weather conditions, we could just imagine what might be found lurking around Juara!
In the absence of migrants, I did enjoy getting good looks at the ornatus race of Olive-backed Sunbird – clearly brighter yellow below, and lacking the chestnut band below the breast of the flammaxillaris race we get in Penang and the north.
In flight was easier!