Sunday, July 20, 2008

Whitehead's Broadbill (Calyptomena whiteheadi): Great Green Bird of the montanes

Just finished processing a few of my shots from my previous outings much to my relieve. I have not been updating my blogs as frequent as I wanted to due to the unstable Internet connection.

In between the stuff that I was busy doing , I managed to visit a couple of blogs from a visitor. An interesting birding blogs managed by a person calling himself as Tabib.

You'll find lots of interesting stuff there and you'll surely be amazed by the number of exciting bird's species that can be found around his home. Lucky guy! I'm sure he never ran out of CF coz he could always upload the files to his PC in no time!

I, myself on the other hand have to drive 16km from home to stand a chance of a good sighting. As usual, Labuan Botanical Garden would be the main destination. Some shots really put a good smile on my face and hopefully to yours as well, enjoy;

1. Dragonfly
Rather than having nothing to do while waiting for a "moment of hope", a shot at a hovering dragonfly is all worthwhile. The blue background is actually a reflection of the perfect morning blue sky on the water.
Not the best of shots, but it feels really good! The tricky lighting fools camera and the speed of the bird itself makes shots like this gives lots of satisfaction. Perhaps, I'll try panning next time when and if I dare and ready.

3. Mangrove Blue Flycatcher (cyornis rufigastra)

Tired on the waiting game, I moved slowly to the other end of the park to find some sort of excitement. I was given not more than 15 second by the Mangrove Blue Flycatcher(cyornis rufigastra) to have a shot at. I got the 'excitement' I was looking for when I was approached by the garden keeper and was asked "What are you doing"? DUH?!!

4. Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)

I was really satisfied to successfully captured the Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) true colors. Their dark metallic coloration can really fool cameras. Good shot! I think so.

As you already know, my buddies and I went to the Crocker Range, Tambunan frequently not too long ago. I have to tell you I miss the place very much! I am so desperate to get better shots of these birds(You'll understand why? they are beautiful birds!), check out;

5. Little Cuckoo Dove (Macropygia ruficeps)

Notice the greenish film on the bottom part of the pic? Wished it was bokeh, but unfortunately not! Had to blend in with the vegetation to get a closer shot at this beautiful bird. Got great help from my camo!
6. White-browed Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius flaviscapis)

My Lifer! Shot at low lighting and reasonably slow shutter speed...I did well I guess. I saw it flying together with a flock of Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis).

7. Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis)
Yup..this was the Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis) I was telling about. Aren't they a beauty? If I hadn't knew better, I would be heartbroken to see that stray leaf. Not a big deal I guess. That way I have plenty of reasons to go there again...
8. Everett'sYuhina (Yuhina everetti)

Never go tired of taking picture of the Everett'sYuhina (Yuhina everetti). Not an easy bird with always on the go mode. They come in numbers so my tips are; aim for one...but the thing is; you'll risk missing a few other species that may join the flock.
9. Whitehead's Broadbill (Calyptomena whiteheadi)
Have to come down as the most beautiful green bird I have ever seen. The striking green however doesn't mean they are easy to spot. Come to think of it, it all really depends on your luck and how hard you wish for it. They'll come by...I want to thank Siesie for this one, good eyes you have there girl! Thanks
Sigh...Tambunan...Long-tailed Broadbill...etc,etc...


Tabib said...

You show eight birds today!,
and I have see only the Brown-throated Sunbird, which you captured it very well - GREAT shot!

Thanks for highlighting my blog - which is nothing more than the common birds at my backyard. I wish that I can travel for birding, like you.
BTW, I will be visiting Kota Kinabalu next week (from 1st to 3rd), with my family. Not for birding, because I'll be with group of student and teachers.
When I acquired 500mm f4 IS, than I'll join you for Kinabatangan /Sukau. :-)
Best regards,

Jason Bugay Reyes a.k.a horukuru said...

congrats with the broadbill hehehe :)

Amila Suwa said...

Hi Jordon,
Your pics are all fantastic. Great capture of the dragonfly in flight.

I did a solo birding tour in Peninsular Malaysia and I am simply blown away by your birds and natural history. Borneo is on the top of my to do list! I visited P. Malaysia over 22 days in 2005.

Thanks a lot for dropping by in my blog and commenting.

I have just added you to my blogroll. I will be back!