Friday, 15 June 2018

Langkawi Birdwatching: Recent Highlights Part 2 Jane Miller

Welcoming back Jane Miller from the UK for the third time with me and twice in April 2018. A keen birdwatcher and bird photographer with a telephoto 600mm lens! 

With Jane, we usually have a much earlier start - before the sunrise which is always refreshing! We did a predawn birdwatching on her third tour with me, simply to catch any luck on nocturnal birds going to roost!
I was stalked too! Photo credit: Jane Miller

Jane's wishlist in April were Pittas and any birds that are lifers for her. She is an easy going person and so were her lifers too! Jane is my first guest to observe a pair of Banded Kingfisher with the male passing the food to the female and  clear view of a pair of Puff-Throated Babblers hopping out of the bush and on the ground for more than five minutes (Jane is very pleased to spot this babbler), 
Langkawi Birdwatching
A usually elusive Puff-Throated Babbler Pellorneum ruficeps
a Black-Naped Monarch, 
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A Black-Naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea male wanting some attention 
a Ruddy Kingfisher, 
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A shy Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda  who is usually not revealing
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Jane and I had to squat, sit on the dirt road and whatever pose to get a gap for a shot!
a Mangrove Pitta 
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Another elusive fella, Mangrove Pitta Pitta megarhyncha finally showed up
and a Mangrove Whistler, all on the same day! Especially with the Ruddy Kingfisher and Mangrove Pitta, she is very lucky to see them on both of our birding tours. Jane is definitely a magnet to these species!
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Our first attempt to find a Blue-Winged Pitta which was unfruitful...."Pitta! Where are you!?" 
I am guessing Jane's next wishlist is to properly see a Black-Capped Kingfisher on her next stay in Langkawi.  Fingers-crossed, Jane! Look forward to seeing you back on the next birds migratory season.
A collection of Jane's thank you cards at the end of our birdwatching tours and my furkid came in as a photobomb!

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