Wednesday, February 3, 2010

AWC Shin Yang Dump 31st Jan 2010

Kuala Baram
31st. Jan 2010
Time 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Air temperature 30.5 ° Centigrade. Dark cloud moving North East Direction.
Participants: Steve, Liz, Rosie, and Musa (writer).

On our way back from the Kuala Baram birdwatching we decided to to go back to SHin Yang dump to check ob the harriers. We had a quick lunch of duck at DPS Supermarket and quickly dashed to the site.

Eastern Marsh Harrier

Another view of Eastern Marsh Harrier.

Upon entering the area we were immediately met by a flock of tri-colored munia along the rubbish heap. Also present were some 200 Little Egrets, probably the same bunch we saw the previous day. There were some Pacific Swallows as well as a Wood Sandpiper.

We se scanned the area and we saw towards the North East a flying raptor. It was no doubt the harrier we were looking for. It came around and circled us and flew out to the North East, in the direction of the wind. Then it was lost in the distance.

A pipit, any guesses as to which one? Postcript: Dave Bakewell has confirmed that this bird is a Paddyfield Pipit, thanks Dave!

On the way out we saw a pipit.

We went to the site where we last saw the nesting White-bellied Sea Eagle, they weren't there today.

Bird list:
Cattle Egret 2
Little Egret +200
Tricoloured Munia 6
Common Sandpiper 1
Pacific Swallow 4
Striated Grassbird 1
Wood Sandpiper 1
Eastern Marsh harrier 1
Paddyfield Pipit 2

Musa Musbah, Jan 2010

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