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