Sunday, October 24, 2010

Panti :: 24th Oct 2010

I always believe if you reach your destination with a lot of  birds show up before you, that would be a lucky day with few lifers. Phenomenon like this normally those rusty spare CFs would gratefully get their turns before noon.

But I was so wrong yesterday! When I reached Panti at 8am, my pet bird (a fully grown up CHE now) greeted me at the gate, 2 Crimpson-wing woodpeckers were busy pecking at mid-storey near the car park, and half a dozen of Hill Mynas were roosting at a tree barely 30’ from me. Tiger Shrikes were at the usual spot again seemingly begging for a portraiture shot at eye-level.

I didn’t fire a shot for I was late for an appointment with a rare species 3kms away. Halfway down the trail a gorgeous Black-caped Babbler was sighted just 2m away on my left, It was too close I couldn’t get it as I need a min of 10’ for my 500mm lens. It would have been be a lifer on my sensor then.

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma)
Sepah Puteri Dada oren  * 橙腹啄花鸟オレンジハナドリChim sâu ngực xá

Then a huge bird waive came, a couple of pigeons, flowerpeckers, and probably the whole population of Olive-winged Bulbuls! A few quick shots and on seeing nothing special I went for my target, but unfortunately for hours it didn’t show up.

Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax)
Punai Siul  * 小绿 * チビアオバト

Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Merbah Belukar * 橄榄褐アカメヒヨドリ

And for the rest of the day, nothing was seen along the 8km bunker trail.  I checked my CF card and realized only 30 shots were fired. So it looks hard to beat my last year's record of 6 fired on a miserable Buff-vented Bulbul.

Not so bad after all!


  1. Nice Flowerpecker shot. Love it.

  2. ya man. nice flowerpecker ...

  3. Excellent blog Paul with fantastic shots and quite different from what I can see ;-)

  4. Thank you Terence, Yen and Chris!