Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pelagic birding on 6th Agust 2011

Went on a pelagic birding trip on an anchovies boat on 6th August 2011 around Davel Bay, Kunak.

The weather was gloomy before we left port.

May be it was too early in the season, there wasn't much activity, we only managed to see a few Lesser Frigarebirds, a few Greater Crested Tern, some egrets on a far away shore, too far to positively identify, and a few Darters sunning and preening themselves on thin stilts on the shallow shore.

 Two Darters perched on stilts, with numerous Egrets in the background.
 Adult male Lesser Frigatebird.
 Adult female Lesser Frigatebird.
 Greater Crested Terns, which are supposed to be migrants, but have been recorded throughout the year.
This one flew quite near.

Happy birding.

Photodocument of Wild Birds of Borneo.

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digdeep said...

Hi Wong

Well done for persevering. I would think that right NOW would be a prime time to go again. There should be Swinhoe's Storm-Petrels (with a chance of Matsudaira's) and Aleutian Terns migrating south at this time. A couple of weekends ago, 510 Swinhoe's were seen off Singapore.

Wong Tsu Shi said...

Hi Dave, thanks for comment. We were out again last week, saw a couple of Aleutian, White-winged, Common and a lone Greater-crested. No sign of any Storm-petrels though. Will update here once the photos and IDs are done.

John Holmes said...

Boat Trips with few birds can be very disappointing, can't they ?

But it's worth it to keep looking, something special could be out there waiting to be seen !