Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Panti :: 4th 6th Oct 2010

Last Sunday visit to Panti were greeted with 3 bird waves, first was at the main gate, then 2nd at the Rock Shrine and 3rd was after the 1st stream. But the birds were extremely fast, those Nuthatches at the Rock Shrine were basically impossible to track and focus, all 6 of them, hence I ended up shooting the leftover, those that stay behind or rather lazy to fly after the waves, the White-rumped Shama, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha and the Yellow-bellied flowerpecker.

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris)
Cenuk Birah * 栗胸地鹃 * チャムネバンケンモドキ

White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)
Murai Rimba * 白腰鹊鸲 * アカハラシキチョウ * Chích chòe lửa

Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus maculatus)
Sepah Puteri Raja * 黄喉锯齿啄花鸟 * キムネハナドリモドキ

Today’s visit was in hoping to get a better shots of the Tiger Shrikes, they were here two weeks ago and plenty of them. But they are still shy with the new environment, often responded from deep inside the forest. A scene which I recalled similar to last year, migratory species often acted cautiously when first landed in Panti, give them 2 months, you can almost whistle them to oblige you for a portrait shot, hopefully that is the case here!

Rather quiet along the trail until I reached the first stream, a huge birdwave of woodpeckers, Malkohas and Parakeets, Bulbuls and leafbirds! Before i could setup my gear, the birds have already flown into the forest and not a single shot was fired, the grey-cheeked bulbuls were the only leftover this time! Funny I have never seen woodpeckers in wave before, there were 2 chequered-throateds and 2 rufous-backs.

Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike (Hempius hirundinaceus)
Rembah Sayap Hitam * 黑翅鹟 * ハグロヒタキサンショウクイ

As I was pondering where to go next, another birdwave came, this time my gear was ready, but there were too many small birds among 4-5 leafbirds, all look like white eyes to me against strong backlight. Only one was perching still, the rest were hovering and hopping non-stop, so I only managed to capture this bird, and fortunately, it turns out to be Black-winged Flycather-Shrike, something I have never even seen and heard before! :) A Lifer!

(And thanks to Mr. Wong Tsu Shi and JKC for their help in ID)

As I was packing my gear to leave at the carpark's hut, I saw this monkey with her beautiful child perched on a nearby tree as if pleading for a family i wish birds are as big and as friendly as monkeys!

( not sure about this species though....)

And what fruit is this? I am always temped to eat this, see closely, they are all in twins, love fruits maybe! And I would probably bring back a few to let my noisy neighbors try first before i eat them!


  1. The Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike - A lifer for me too Paul if only I could see one. What a crackeing litttle bird, all head and bill.

  2. :) and one tough bird to shoot too! Thanks foe viewing Phil!

  3. Nice trip, like all photos very much.