Saturday, 28 December 2013

Way Kambas 3

The following morning we tried in vain for a Great Argus that we’d been hearing the day before and staked out its song-post area at dawn, and then found the rest of the morning to be a little slower that the previous day. But new birds kept coming at regular intervals despite the heat and we had views of Malayan Banded Pitta, Brown Barbet, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, a brief Diard’s Trogon, and a Gould’s Frogmouth at a day roost. 

Rufous-backed Kingfisher

Gould's Frogmouth - good spot Brian!

On the drive back to the lodge for lunch we had point-blank views of a Red-bearded Bee-eater excavating a nest hole beside the road – what a stunner! A flock of Bushy-crested Hornbills were also called in as well. We’d also seen Black-naped Monarch and a couple of Tiger Shrikes during the morning as well.

Red-bearded Bee-eater

The afternoon started slowly but at an open area we had a very busy time beginning with nice scope views of Red-crowned Barbet, followed by Olive-winged and Buff-vented Bulbuls, Greater Green Leafbird, Common Hill-Myna, and some flyover Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrots. Nearby there was a Dark-sided Flycatcher, Crimson-winged, Checker-throated and a huge White-bellied Woodpecker, with a Wreathed Hornbill flying over. 

Sunda scops-owls

Another excellent night-birding session began with a confiding Brown Boobook and a pair of Sunda Scops-owls, and ended with a Blyth’s Frogmouth perched up nicely.

1 comment:

  1. Good photos, Nick - knew we should have been with you over Xmas instead of here with the storms and associated power cuts .. yay !!. Good luck with the Great Argus ! Di Lucas.