Fruitful bird-watching trips in the city

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As a greenhorn in birding, my curiosity to be taught additional regarding the avian species is saved piqued by my good pal Dr Samuel Ong (Sam), a keen, educated and enthusiastic birder who retains sending me footage of birds that he photos normally.

On March 30, Sam despatched me a picture of a Lineated Barbet in flight. It was beautiful! Sam went on to tell me that the picture, along with others, had been taken at Taman Rimba Kiara (in KL), the place the Barbet’s nest in a tree trunk was being monitored by birders, as the female made periodic visits to feed its newly hatched chick.

I was excited, as my finding out educated me that there are 122 species of Barbets on this planet and that 11 of these are current in Malaysia. This might be the second of the species I’d research, as just a few yr up to now Sam had helped me decide the Coppersmith Barbet. Quite a lot of of these birds have made nests near my dwelling.

Barbets excavate holes in bushes with their stout beaks to assemble nests to place their eggs and hatch their chicks. They feed on fruits, seeds and flowers and convey these to feed their chicks, providing birders with alternate options to {{photograph}} them.

Barbet chick peering out from a tree trunk at Taman Rimba Kiara.

A couple of of the chicks die after hatching and the grownup birds would carry these out of their beaks, to do away with the carcass and maintain the nest clear – I had a risk to {{photograph}} and doc this.

Following Sam’s directions, on Sunday, April 4, I went to Taman Rimba Kiara. By chance, I met one different birder pal, Dr Simon Yap, a cardiothoracic surgeon. Simon kindly recognized the Barbet’s nest up in a tree trunk.

A few minutes later, the grownup fowl flew in to feed its chick. It had shiny inexperienced plumage, a light-weight brown head and a pale straw-coloured stout beak – it was undoubtedly a lot much less pretty than its cousin the Coppersmith Barbet.

Throughout this go to, I had little time to spend and so solely managed to get {{a photograph}} of the rump of the fowl as a result of it exited its nest. I was moreover self-conscious as there have been a variety of crucial birders about, sporting camouflage, with refined cameras and high-powered lenses. I, alternatively, was sporting shiny clothes (which can doubtlessly frighten birds away) and was armed with an reasonably priced digital digital camera.

Subsequently, I made two additional visits. Throughout my go to on April 9, I had additional time on my palms. I was thus able to observe the grownup fowl making a variety of visits at intervals of 15 to half-hour.

I took photos of the fowl carrying berries in its mouth to feed its chick. Every time, it is going to fly and sit on the doorway to the nest after which enter the nest head first. I assumed that the nest was slim, because of after a short while it is going to exit the nest by backing out, tail first, and fly off shortly.

Lineated Barbet with a cherry in its beak. Photos: Dr Kannan PasamanickamLineated Barbet with a cherry in its beak. Pictures: Dr Kannan Pasamanickam

Throughout one amongst its visits, I managed to take {{a photograph}} of the fowl ending up a dull chick to do away with the carcass. As as compared with my first go to, the dwelling chick had clearly grown bigger as a result of it saved popping its head out of the nest for a search around, every time the mother fowl left after a feeding session.

My third go to was on Sunday, April 11, which proved to be basically probably the most fruitful, so far. I managed to take many footage of the Barbet and its chick. I had launched alongside a digital digital camera with greater resolution and managed to take a clear picture of the grownup fowl flying off after a feeding session. The chick had moreover grown bigger and caught additional of its head out of the nest to search around.

The birders who had been observing talked about that it was on the brink of take its maiden flight out of its nest and that they’d been all eagerly and patiently able to {{photograph}} this.

As I was prepared and watching, a variety of people along with kids who had been out for his or her Sunday morning stroll stopped by to ask what I was doing. I had good pleasure and satisfaction in telling them what little I knew about Barbets, declaring the nest to them and displaying them the pictures I had already taken of the grownup fowl and its chick. They had been all thrilled, just a few of them additional so, significantly as they obtained to see the grownup fowl fly in to feed, as we had been talking.

There was one different bonus prepared for me this specific Sunday – merely as I was packing as a lot as depart, a ravishing woodpecker flew in to the bushes shut by. It had smart yellow plumage, flew from one tree to a special, sat on the tree trunk and pecked away.

The 2 totally different birders who had been about and I ran from one spot to a special and took a variety of footage of the fowl, which Sam later acknowledged as a result of the Frequent Flameback Woodpecker. This was the first woodpecker I had seen inside the wild. My finding out tells me that there are 220 species of woodpeckers on this planet and 26 of these exist in Malaysia. The one I had seen was in all probability probably the most widespread – it was a female as acknowledged by the markings on its head.

It was undoubtedly one amongst my most fruitful and joyful Sundays!

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