Thursday, January 6, 2011

My first trip to Panti 2011!

Panti :: 5th Jan 2011

I never have a good and close shot of the Red-billed Malkoha until yesterday.

It came incredibly close, hunting right abv me ~50m before the Temple Trail. RBMs are rarely seen along the main bunker trail of Panti, compared to the commonly seen Chestnut-breasted  and the Raffles's Malkohas.

Red-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus javanicus)
Cenuk Api * 红嘴地鹃 *アカハシバンケンモドキ
Malcoha javanais * malkoha cervenozobáนกบั้งรอกปากแด

It was a very lucky timing for me to arrive the first stream at 10:00am. The resident Dusky Broadbills were performing their usual rush hour frenzy, flying to-and-flo across the trail calling non-stop. and then I realized later it was the 2 white-bellied Woodpeckers that were feeding on their usual 'hang around' tree that caused the commotion. 

The screaming of the Dusky helps attract many other species "drop by" to investigate hence gave me the opportunity to shoot a few species in one location within a short period of time. 

Many just came close to me as if i was the controversy between the WB Woodpeckers and Dusky Broadbills though.

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta)
Kelicap Jantung Bukit * 灰胸捕蛛鸟 * ハイムネクモカリドリBắp chuối bụng xám
Arachnothère modeste * pavuciarka sivoprsáนกปลีกล้วยท้องเทา

A huge bird wave can be very frustrating for photographer as often they tend to perch high and hop around quickly. So this time round i stay put at one location photographing those easy ones instead of chasing every species like a clown, which usually ended up getting nothing at the end.

Dark-throated Oriole (Oriolus xanthonotus), female
Burung Kunyit Leher Hitam * 黑喉黄鹂ムナフコウライウグイス 
Loriot à gorge noirevlha ciernohrdláนกขมิ้นหัวดำเล็ก

The WB Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker species found in Panti,  and the two i shot here looked small, so more like juveniles..... maybe that helps explain why my presence did not scare they off at the first place. 

WBW are not rare and frequently heard at their usual spot, but often, the adult would fly away before you could set up your gear.

White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis)
Belatok Hitam Putih * 白腹黑啄木鸟キタタキGõ kiến đen bụng trắng
Pic à ventre blanc * tesár bielobruchýนกหัวขวานใหญ่สีดำ

Buff-rumped Woodpecker (Meiglyptes tristis)
Belatuk Belakang Kuning * 黄颈斑啄木鸟 カレハゲラ
Pic strihup * rúbac jarabýนกหัวขวานลายตะโพกเหลือง

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

Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus)
Takau Besar *  暗阔嘴鸟ガマヒロハシMỏ rộng đen
Eurylaime corydon * loboš tmavýСуматранский ширококлюв * นกพญาปากกว้างสีดำ

Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Cecawi Hamba Keran * 大盘尾カザリオウチュウChèo bẻo cờ đuôi chẻ
Drongo à raquettesdrongo zástavkovýนกแซงแซวหางบ่วงใหญ่

And as usual I reward myself with a cup of icy cold "Gui Ling Gao" for the numerous catch

And in case you want to know what GLG is, here is the link, nothing to do with bird!

I ventured into 2nd Stream after lunch and 3 Greater-tailed Drongos were making their usual noise with White-rumped Shama singing happily along, I stopped to snap the Drongo and only to find the Rufous Woodpecker perching quietly nearby.......

And a Raffles's Malkoha drop by for a quick bite....

Raffles's Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus)
Cenuk Kerak * 棕胸地鹃 * クリイロバンケンモドキ
Malcoha de Raffles * malkoha hrdzaváนกบั้งรอกแดง

Rufous Woodpecker (Celeus brachyurus)
Belatok Biji Nangka * 栗啄木鸟クリチャゲラGõ kiến nâu
Pic brun * vlikác krátkochvostýРыжий дятелนกหัวขวานสีตาล

And on my way back at 3:00pm, the angry couple of the Scarlet-rumped Trogons were again sighted at the usual spot....


~ 200m before the first stream!


  1. Wow! what a catch, Paul, how I wish Panti is much closer to KL....

  2. Wow - sounds like a really action packed day with many many ho liao !
    So unlike last Saturday which seems as though all the birds had a holiday and hangovers !!!

  3. > Ari, but then you have Fraser Hill & Bukit Tinggi up there!

    > Thanks Micky and Wong TS! :)

  4. So many species in a day, good start to 2011.

  5. Great series!
    Belatok Hitam Putih is my wanted list.

  6. I Think I'd love the GLG but man, I'd even love more to see all these birds... They are all beautiful and you really got nice pictures. Congrats on the malkoha!! It's cool when a shy bird show off like this!

  7. Thanks WS, Tabib and Chris! And chris, I am sure you would like the GLG! :)