Panti surprised me on Sunday with an unsually tame Red-naped Trogons along the bunker trail. It perched under a extremely dark canopy but its loud and persistent calls easily gave it away just after mins of looking.
Red-naped Trogon (Harpactes kasumba)
Kesumba Tengkuk Merah *
The peculiar thing about the male RNTs is that they have a very distinctive centre folded line along the breast, making them looked like their bodies are made of two halves. (See closely on the top two pics )
The Red-napeds are quite frequently seen last year, but in the past 10 months I have only seen the female twice.
This particular RNT seemed so attached to me that after photographing it for 30mins, it perched on a swing for an hour just above my head at the bunker trail. I ended up spending more than two hours with it. I tried to get closer just to find out how much closer I could get and obviously I have no problem within 20'.
OK, so i got greedy, i wanted 10' for a super duper closeup portraiture shot and as i moved in slowly with a friendly smile, the bird wasn't panicked at all, but a speeding car along the trail with a friendly loud horn scared it away.
And I always wonder why they are called Hairy-backed Bulbul when they have silky feathers behind their back, as their Chinese name implies? :)
Hairy-backed Bulbul (Tricholestes criniger)
Merbah Bulu Tengkuk *
I have not ID'ed the Bulbul abv and it looks like Cream-vented/Buff-vented to me.
And the Tiger Shrikes in Panti are getting too much of my attention nowadays. I was dying for a record shot last year but it looks like they are here in abundance this year. 7 were sighted on Sunday.
Lizard at the temple trail
Below is pic of the female Red-naped Trogon taken last year in Panti.
Female Red-naped Trogon
Video capture of the Red-naped Trogon