Malacca City Birding

Malacca City Birding

When:  March 2018                           Weather : Hot 28C

Nikon P900    Leica Q

In Malacca, the old Dutch colony in Malaysa, for a weekend’s meeting, I managed to  visit the historic heart where the old red buildings, A Famosa and St Paul’s Church were and also found some wetlands just behind the Hatten Hotel where I stayed.  I had not expected to do much birding….

The first afternoon, I paid a visit to St Paul’s Hill and the historic red buildings in the city centre….

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St Paul’s church at the top of the hill…

 

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the only standing part of the A Famosa fort…

 

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on the way up to St Paul’s Hill, the view of the city and to my surprise, there were a few birds in this area

 

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A pink necked pigeon

 

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and as I was looking at the pigeons, I almost missed the pretty coppersmith barbet as he eyed the pigeons

 

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coppersmith barbet

 

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yellow vented bulbul

 

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white throated kingfisher

 

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finishing at the hill, I had a quick walk to Jonker Street, the touristy centre of town across this bridge

 

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the famous red church

 

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and on the river front was this white sided house, reminiscent of the typical paintings by the late Wu Guan Zhong…

 

From my room which faced the sea, I could see the Mahkota Medical Centre below me and beyond there was some greenery with mangroves and waterways…amazing to find some wetlands in the heart of this city!

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wetlands beyond the medical centre…just a ten minute walk away….

 

So the next evening about 5pm I headed out there not really expecting to find much…

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One of the first birds I flushed out of the reeds had coloration like a cinnamon bittern and I just shot this before he disappeared

 

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a grey heron took off

 

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some zebra doves on the path

 

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and a little figure scurried into the reeds…a white browed crake!

 

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A flock of cattle egrets in beautiful breeding plumage

 

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cattle egrets in flight

 

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collared kingfisher

 

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Common redshank

 

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there were plenty of red shanks around

 

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common sandpiper

 

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grey heron

 

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?Intermediate egret

 

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Little egret?

 

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brown shrike

 

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common greenshank

 

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cattle egret as the sun set

 

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A paddyfield pipit

 

 

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blue tailed bee eater

 

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another brown shrike as the sun set further

 

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cattle egrets in breeding plumage

 

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egret

 

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this was the terrain at the wetlands

 

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sunset

 

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grey heron at dusk

 

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sunset over the wetlands

 

So whilst there wasn’t anything very spectacular, it was still a pretty interesting 90min I spent at these wetlands in the heart of Malacca city.  You could do a lot worse elsewhere…recommended.

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