Birding Gauteng, Johannesburg When: June 2018 Weather: cool 10C Leica Q Nikon P900 Returning from my Amazonia escapade in Brazil, I had a 6.5hour layover in Johannesburg and considered leaving the … Continue reading →
Birding Brazil (IV) : Brasilia When: June 2018 Weather: Warm 25C Leica Q Nikon P900 After departing the Xingu Indigenous Park, we flew directly back to Brasilia with a refueling stop in Agua Boa. Our overnight stay was … Continue reading →
Brazil Birding(1) Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paolo When: June 2018 Weather: Cool 20C Nikon P900 Enroute to an eye camp in the Mato Grosso region of central Brazil, I stopped off in Sao Paolo first for a couple of … Continue reading →
When: May 2018 Weather: Hot. 29C Nikon P900 There had been sightings of the rarely seen Great Slaty Woodpecker (GSWP) near the summit of Bukit Timah Hill (BTH)and there was much excitement in the Singapore birding fraternity … Continue reading →
Birding in Pune, Bhamburda Hills, India When: April 2018 Weather: warm 29C Nikon P900 \ We had a morning free after our meeting in Pune, the second city of Maharashtra so our hosts kindly arranged for us to … Continue reading →
So I almost always bring my trusty Nikon P900 birding camera with me whenever I’m on the road on the off-chance I might get to shoot something but on a short trip to Jakarta a couple of weeks ago for a day-long conference in which I arrived midnight on a friday and departed early on a Sunday morning(to escape the traffic!) I decided to travel light and not bring any camera gear except for my phone……well, we all know that the crowded city of Jakarta is not great for birding except for the mangrove swamp at Muara Angke…..
So after the meeting, I arrived at Jakarta Soekarno Hatta airport and settled into the Singapore Airlines lounge for some breakfast when I gazed out the window…..
A solitary tree outside the SQ lounge
As I sipped my coffee, I saw a shadow zip into the tree and then another and another…..taking a closer look and then seating myself right at the window I spent a delightful half hour just observing the excellent bird activity there in cool air-conditioned comfort. I lamented not having my P900 with me but still had fun trying to shoot through glass with a wide angled Samsung phone camera so please excuse the poor images….
The fast moving birds were prob munias….either Javan or Scaly breasted
another pair of munias
and then this pretty little thing hopped about for a few seconds affording me only a momentary glimpse of his red rump…. flowerpecker?
a rather larger bird then flew into the fringe of the tree
probably a sooty headed bulbul
What an unexpected bonus to be able to just observe these birds in a most unexpected location! Learnt my lesson….always wear your camera!
Margaret River Birding IV : Boranup When: February 2018 Weather: Warm 25 and wet Nikon P900 We’d been told that the Karri forest in Boranup and the manta rays in Hamelin Bay just beyond were worth a … Continue reading →