Monday, June 20, 2011

Panti's Green Broadbills!

17th & 19 June

The Green Broadbills are probably the most elusive among all the other broadbills in Panti. They are not rare as their calls are always heard, but they seldom venture into the open along the main bunker trail. So when I chanced upon a couple calling endlessly for my attention shortly before the Swamp. I totally forgot the original plan of setting up hide for a super rare bird of Panti, not the midget Banded Pitta, but something BIG!

Green Broadbill (Calyptomena viridis)
Takau Hijau * ミドリヒロハ  * Mỏ rộng xồm
Eurylaime émeraudekosmatec smaragdovýзелёная калиптоменаนกเขียวปากงุ้ม
Smaragdbreitrachen * SmaragdbrednæbEurilaimo Verde

The male plumage colors just don't look like something from the real world, bright florousence green and easily shift its shade makes it a perfect natural camouflage to Panti's forest. And because of that when it perched on different location over a short period i see all my imgs have different color tone on its feather. Time to go for more tutorial in pnotoshop i guess! 

I have seen this species in 2009 but this was the only time i managed to get some closer shots.

I can't deny the fact that the recent sighting of the Banded Pittas have caused some mad rush to Panti, but the recent rise in traffic was mainly due to the emergence of the Pantiwood's Star - the ODKF, in the same old spot which i always refer to as "The OldTown". 

If there is a built-in 'phtographed-meter' in these pair of ODKFs, I am quite sure it would read more than one million by now. Superbly friendly and alway ready to pose for your MLU shots. There were times where I actually 'talk' to the bird "Wait, just five more low ISO shots before you go!" to get the "Huh?" look!

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithacus)

And i have already accepted two wagers from friends on "Let's see if my lizard is longer than yours this year!" - loser pay for Bak Kut Teh of Sedili! So pray for me!

Yellow-bellied Bulbul (Alophoixus phaeocephalus

Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex)

Dark-throated Oriole (Oriolus xanthonotus)

And this is probably what i hate too, water in the ears after shower,

Buff-vented Bulbul (Iole charlottae)

I alway feel 'sympatic' to the Red-bearded Bee-eaters which i have reported in my earlier entry. The adults are often seen around the spot seemingly looking for their three missing chicks! :(

Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus)

OK, one more look of the cheerful Pantiwood's star before i start weeping for the RBBEs!


  1. All good things are meant to be shared, agree?
    Nice Kings.

  2. Excellent Paul. These birds pictures are once again wonderful... And the nice green broadbill is a splendid bird. i'd love to see it, but the start is also beautiful... Maybe I'll try to speak to the birds too ;-)

  3. Excellent write up plus beautiful pics, thanks for sharing, Paul

  4. Paul, these are all so grand and the different birds all new for me to view, I do believe. Such brilliant plumage colourations captured well~

  5. another great series Paul...well done..

  6. Very nice captured. RBBE drives me crazy.
    Hoping one day to visit your private garden.

  7. TQ everyone for the kind comments!