Love for Birds

Posted by mae on Thursday Feb 10, 2011 Under General, Travels

It all started more than a decade ago, when my dad asked us (there were four of us) to accompany him birding at Bukit Cerakah.

Equipped with binoculars and books, we began to search for birds. It took us some time to identify the very first bird we spotted, which was, rather fittingly, a Common Myna.

You would be lying if you were to say that you haven’t seen this bird before.

Common Myna, by J. M. Garg

Since that day we have identified lots of other birds, from the conventional swifts and kingfishers, to the exotic storks and hornbills.

We don’t really keep track of our birding activities because we do it merely for fun.

And at TMII I got the chance to visit a bird park. I’d never been to one before, so it was kinda awkward being so close to those big birds and raptors. Yeah, it’s a new experience.

But to see the birds caged is somehow, like I’ve said before, distressing.

I think I was told this is a Black Eagle in the process of being tamed. Not sure, but my heart says he’s sad.

Wreathed Hornbill

Barred Eagle-owl

Purple Heron

Rhinoceros Hornbill, the bird of Sarawak.

Brahminy Kite. Very common in Malaysia.

Black Eagle

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle. My all-time favourite. First seen and identified at Pulau Indah (I think!).

He looks like he’s in agony

Another one in a different cage

Lesser Adjutant, also known as Burung Botak.

Asian Fairy Bluebird. Exquisite and Radiant.

This pic from Wikipedia looks much better (by Bob Owen)

Green Peafowl. Not a fan of this type of birds, but I still love them.

Glossy Ibis

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Crested Serpent Eagle

I’m not sure what kind of species this guy is, but he sure looks dejected and gloomy.

They are well-fed and well-kept (I think), so perhaps they are okay after all.

Surely there are more birds in TMII Bird Park, but these are the only pics I have. I was feeling nauseated and very sick from food poisoning at that time. Couldn’t do much.

My friends have always told me, “it’s just a bird” and “birds are everywhere”. Yeah, sure.

4 Responses to “Love for Birds”

  1. Kona Says:

    Yeah, sure.

  2. naim Says:

    I think we first went birding at Tg Tuan, during the Raptor Week. That must have been 10 yrs ago.

  3. mae Says:

    Oh really? Too many Raptor Week birding..all mixed up! Hehe..
    I thot the first one was the trip to Bukit Cerakah.

  4. naim Says:

    Are these pics from Pih’s old cam? Very good lah.

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