Saturday, July 3, 2010

Birds on Campus, Curtin University Miri

Curtin Lakeside, the biggest expanse of water on campus, beautiful setting should soon be ideal for waterbirds.

Next door, just outside the fence tall reeds and cattails which harbour several species of interesting waterbirds.

Between 01-30th July, birders from MNS Miri are trying to record as many birds on Curtin Miri campus and showcase them here in images and/or videos. What previously was peat swamp forest is now well manicured compound of higher learning. Fields with well manicured lawns, avenues lined with verdant leafy trees, some flowering species as well wide expanse of water bodies in and around campus are welcoming back all manner of bird species. Nesting birds (Pink-necked Pigeon, Dusky Munia, Chestnut Munia, Pied Triller, White-breasted Woodswallow et al) can be located all around campus. Will Curtin be the final haven for our feathered friends in Kuala Baram?

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Oriental Darter

Pacific Golden Plover

Pied Triller

Blue-throated Bee Eater

Striated Grassbird

Curtin Birdlist from 1999 EIA:
Crested Serpent Eagle
Jambu Fruit Dove (Near Threatened)
Spotted Dove
Greater Coucal
Common Kingfisher
Black-capped Kingfisher
Blue-tailed Bee-Eater
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Oriental Magpie Robin
Rufous-tailed Tailorbird
Asian Glossy Starling
Spectacled Spiderhunter
Eurasian Treesparrow

Additional since:
Wandering Whistling Duck
Black-backed Swamphen
Cinnamon Bittern
White-browed Crake
Oriental Darter (Near Threatened)
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Near Threatened)
Oriental White-eye
Pied Triller
Lesser Coucal
Wood Sandpiper
Little Ringed Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Striated Grassbird
Brown-throated Sunbird
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
Intermediate Egret
Little Green Pigeon
Pink-necked Pigeon
Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker
White-breasted Waterhen
White-breasted Woodswallow
Collared Kingfisher
Oriental Pratincole
Black-headed Munia
Dusky Munia
Common Moorhen
Black-winged Kite
Yellow Bittern
Blue-breasted Quail
Common Snipe
Common Iora
Pied Fantail
Yellow Wagtail
Paddyfield Pipit
Little Tern
Olive-backed Sunbird
Yellow-bellied Prinia
Plaintive Cuckoo
Large-billed Crow
Cattle Egret
Chinese/Javan Pond Heron
Ashy Tailorbird
Barn Swallow
Pacific Swallow
Oriental Reed Warbler
Eastern Marsh Harrier
Brahminy Kite

Nazeri Abghani/MNS Miri/Jul 2010

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