Sunday, August 11, 2013

Kingfishers' pond, Tawau Hills Park


The little Water Lily Nymphaea sp. and Lotus Nelumbo nucifera pond behind Magdalena's Chalet in Tawau Hills Park has not been officially named, but bird photographers have unofficially named it Kingfishers' pond for the relative ease in taking photograph of four species of Kingfishers, all within an area smaller than a badminton court.

Magdalena Chalet is built on raised flooring on concrete stilts, the space beneath its floor is an excellent hide for lurking photographers.

  View from outside

 
View from inside

 Another view from inside

These are the kingfishers photographed around the pond.

Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis

Blue-eared Kingfisher Alcedo meninting

 
Rufous-backed Kingfisher Ceyx rufidorsa motleyi, a bird only found in northern Borneo.

Blue-banded Kingfisher Alcedo euryzona Male

Blue-banded Kingfisher Alcedo euryzona Female


Blue Banded Kingfisher is not an easy bird to see elsewhere in Sabah.

Common Kingfisher has not been photographed here, we will keep an eye for it during the migratory seasons.


Happy birding.

Photodocument of the wild birds of Borneo.

Standard references for my blog.

5 comments:

Azahari Reyes @ Jason a.k.a horukuru said...

Excellent!

Sulaiman Salikan said...

lovely..

Folkert said...

Nice! Blue-banded kingfisher is still very much lacking on my list... Seems you can fit quite a few birders under there!

Zaim Hazim said...

My lifer Blue-banded was seen here. Tawau Hills becoming more popular. No banded KFs?

Excellent article.

Wong Tsu Shi said...

Folkart; yes, it is spacious down there.

Zaim; Banded, Chestnut-collared and maybe Ruddy is further inside the forests.