Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus), Tj Piai

The Chestnut-bellied Malkohas are quite frequently seen in Panti Bird Sanctuary along the main bunker trail. But they tend to perch high, and often not in the open. I have photographed quite a few times but wasn't very happy with the imgs captured.

In my 4th trip to Tj Piai on the 25th Sept 2009, we spotted 2 CBMs of unusual behavior near the jetty. They were shuttling non-stop to-and -flo across our path and just inches away from our setup and bodies.

And on two incidents its wings were touching my back and tripod rexpectively, as witnessed by my friends, Boon, GCWong, and Ong.

Many times we were trying to avoid being crashed by them in the limited space of the jetty narrow walkway!

One of the them was with food in mouth, the other was just calling non-stop. Luckily for all of us, after all the commotion, they got tired and perched for few mins at eye-level just 15' from our setup

*Imgs abv were shot with D300 500mm VR F4 TC1.4

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