Sungai Sedim and Ulu Paip, Kedah, 15 July

I spent a very productive morning birdwise, not so much photograph-wise, at these two sites, with a friend, Tim, who’s just discovering the delights of birding.

It was my first time in lowland dipterocarp after the two weeks in peat swamp, and my first impression was – Wow – SO many birds! My second impression was – and it’s so easy to walk in!

IMG_2663 IMG_2690White-chested Babbers were very vocal at dawn at Sedim. They have a distinctively skinny bill.

IMG_4503At Ulu Paip we scoured the orchards for Blue-winged Pitta, with no success, but did come across a pair of Black-thighed Falconets, both with very little peach wash on the underparts. Proportionately, they have huge feet and a large head.

IMG_4517 IMG_4520Only the rear of the ‘thighs’ is black.IMG_4518

Merciless killing machines! Despite their tiny size, they are unmistakably raptors.

IMG_4529In the heat of the day, they were panting, but it didn’t prevent them from being constantly on the hunt.

IMG_4552While trying to relocate the falconets, we came across this Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot sitting quietly under the canopy. At the opposite end of the intensity scale from the falconets, this guy was having a siesta moment!

IMG_4559A typical view of them is a momentary glimpse as they bomb overhead like a speeding bullet, so it was great to catch up with one at a more sedate pace.

IMG_4562These guys have it all – stunning colour and cuteness in spades. Sadly, this makes them a huge target for bird trappers, as I witnessed in Brunei recently. If trapping continues at present levels I can see this becoming a threatened species before long.

IMG_4569IMG_4570IMG_4574Time to go!

IMG_4575This turned out to be a good mystery photo but not a good portrait!

IMG_2704Despite lengthy views of this female Grey-and-buff Woodpecker, she never came out into the open. Still, having taken so long to see my first just last year, I couldn’t complain too much!

IMG_4587We enjoyed watching this male Whiskered Treeswift coming into land. Check out its robotic wing action in the video.

Yup – got it! Whoops – forgot the mic was on!

Lastly, having posted a Plaintain Squirrel from Brunei recently, here’s what they look like in the Peninsula.



9 thoughts on “Sungai Sedim and Ulu Paip, Kedah, 15 July

  1. Dave

    Nice report.

    With reference to Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots, this species is becoming more common in Singapore. I have heard/seen them along Orchard Road (prospecting a tree hole just outside The St Regis Hotel) and also Balestier Road.


    See Toh

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