When: January 2016 Weather: warm 28C
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…
I was told it’s a yellow bittern, but it’s not very yellow…
and has a lovely blue rump! If anyone can help me out with a positive ID of this bittern, I’d be grateful.
here showing off its plumage and black capped chestnut head
it even walks on water…almost…making sure it stayed clear of the….
many monitor lizards cruising in the water
from the main bridge, a flock of redshanks were foraging on the mud flat…
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…
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…
Here we can that it’s a large red praying mantis with its yellowish wings spread out..
it toyed with the mantis for a while..
before finally swallowing it..
replete..interesting also how it has eyelashes in front of its eye…never knew birds have eyelashes
a distant collared kingfisher
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!
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…
lesser egret wading
grey heron wading
graceful egret in flight
and then from the river estuary, this estuarine crocodile swam close to the egrets…who did not seem fazed by it at all!
indeed they seemed more fascinated than threatened…
the croc’s eyes are interesting….talk about proptosis! (Protruding eyeballs)
here a group of greater and lesser egrets are ganging up on the croc
and the pack leader decides that the croc is close enough and goes into attack mode, chasing the croc off!
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…
and just before leaving, the sun lit these dark clouds out very nicely….thanks for viewing