A private nature park developed by Syarikat Lanskap Kambatik based on the principles of ecological diversity, oil palm integrated agro-forestry practices and Kambatik landscape design philosophy and aesthetics
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A lifer - Lesser Cuckoo-shrike
Lesser Cuckoo-shrike Location : Licuala Hill, Zone I
Three days ago something amazing happened. I saw a new bird. Unfortunately the heightened interest gradually evaporated and finally diminished because of the very poor internet reception at the park. For the last three days I tried to upload pictures but to no avail. Tonight there appears to be a window of opportunity as the internet by fluke was able to carry some pictures. So I am able to tell the story that excited me three days ago tonite. The story happened when I was birding at Sunset point located at Licuala Hill (Zone I). While my attention was directed at the Tiongs or Hill Myna birds, I heard an unfamiliar call and tried to search among the tall trees the source of the call. By a stroke of good luck my eyes were caught by an unfamiliar looking bird perching on a branch some 15 meters away. I zoomed my camera lens towards the bird and caught a glimpse of it. It gave me less than five minutes after which it flew away. Upon closing in the image I discovered that the bird was a Lesser Cuckoo-shrike, a female of the species for its extensively barred dark grey underparts. Another identifying feature was the white-tipped feathers on its dark grey under-tails. This sighting is a lifer for me.