Sungai Buloh again

When:  January 2016    Weather: warm 28C

Nikon P900

After last week’s outing to SB proved fruitful, I visited again about 4pm this time….at that most productive little pond next to the visitor centre a few photographers were shooting this beauty…

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I was told it’s a yellow bittern, but it’s not very yellow…

 

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and has a lovely blue rump! If anyone can help me out with a positive ID of this bittern, I’d be grateful.

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here showing off its plumage and black capped chestnut head

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it even walks on water…almost…making sure it stayed clear of the….

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many monitor lizards cruising in the water

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from the main bridge, a flock of redshanks were foraging on the mud flat…

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and then this beautiful Pied Hornbill flew across the river to land in a tree just at the end of the bridge….it sat a while and then dived into the lower branches of a nearby tree in a flurry of motion…

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only to emerge nearby with something in its beak…at the time I shot these images, I could only see that there was something there but couldn’t be sure what it was…

 

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Here we can that it’s a large red praying mantis with its yellowish wings spread out..

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it toyed with the mantis for a while..

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before finally swallowing it..

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replete..interesting also how it has eyelashes in front of its eye…never knew birds have eyelashes

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a distant collared kingfisher

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moving over to the coastal walk segment of the SBWR, there is a mud skipper pond where even the not very attractive mudskippers can be made to look good!

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the coastal walk leads to some viewing pods where good views of the river estuary and straits of Johore can be had…there were a lot of greater and lesser egrets there…

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lesser egret wading

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grey heron wading

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graceful egret in flight

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and then from the river estuary, this estuarine crocodile swam close to the egrets…who did not seem fazed by it at all!

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indeed they seemed more fascinated than threatened…

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the croc’s eyes are interesting….talk about proptosis! (Protruding eyeballs)

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here a group of greater and lesser egrets are ganging up on the croc

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and the pack leader decides that the croc is close enough and goes into attack mode, chasing the croc off!

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balancing act

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Last bird of the afternoon, from a Loooong way off, halfway across the straits of Johore, (the background is Johore) was this beautiful osprey, perched on a kelong pole..

Revisiting familiar places is always fruitful..and I seem to have had a good run with ospreys, grey herons, KFs, and feeding birds the last few months! Long may it last…

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and just before leaving, the sun lit these dark clouds out very nicely….thanks for viewing

 

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