Thursday, December 10, 2015

Two lifers in a day - Osprey and Borneon Falconet

Osprey ( Lang Tiram - Malay)
Osprey high above the land
 Today has been very special with two new birds sighted at the park.  Both are birds of prey.  The big one of the two is an Osprey seen circling high above the trees and hills.  Ospreys are a wonder to see in flight and their sightings are rare in Borneo.  Today's sighting is a lifer for me.  Not too far from the sighting of the Osprey I caught a glimpse of the Borneon falconet ( Microhierax latifrons).  They came in a pair perching on the tall dead tree at Licuala Hill. It has been said that this species of falconet is the smallest raptor in the world. I wish I could have gotten a clearer picture of the pair but its tiny size taken from afar makes it difficult to obtain a sharper image.  Nevertheless, it was easy to identify with its white forehead and cheek and upper white breast.
Borneon Falconet (Microhierax latifrons) perching on a tall dead tree at Licuala Hill.
One of the birds was seen making sorties and came up to the branch with its prey.

Not a perfect picture but excellent for the record.
Location : Licuala Hill

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