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
Saturday, December 17, 2016
A Plaintive Cuckoo in plain sight
View of the park 18 Dec'16
It looks like a lazy Sunday. At around 7 am I took a walk around the park to check out the greenery and nature. The mix of leaves, branches and colour are a delight to my eyes, as I wander around the park to seek for surprises. This year the month of December has been a let down. It should be raining on daily basis but for about a week now the rainy monsoon left no down pours. The ground thus remain dry where ever I walked. Have the global climatic changes elsewhere resulted in a drier monsoon for Bintulu? I am fortunate to be engulfed by massive structures of greenery as I walked underneath the canopy of tall trees of various species. This is the kind of living world that I seek, a silent walk in nature to help re-collect my mind as often as possible. The surrounding landscape makes me admire nature for the many stories it want to tell me. And today nature gives me a rare insight into one of its bird species. For about an hour I was hearing the familiar call of the Plaintive Cuckoo, a bird more heard than seen in Bintulu. In my mind it must have signaled me to hunt for the bird and perhaps photograph it. I was camera ready when I saw the Plaintive cuckoo in plain sight. It was perching on the branches of a dying Cempedak tree. I took several shots of it from various angles to capture what was once a tremendous challenge for me. This morning walk was well paid for with the capture of the bird and the music it made. The Plaintive Cuckoos utters an ascending call which I hear every day in the morning and evening but fail to capture the origin until today. The call sounds like " teet- teet- teet -teet ta ta tay". In zooming the pictures, I noticed it has a grey head, neck and upper breast. Its lower breast to under-tail coverts has a pastel orange colour. Its feet yellow and has a black bill. What strikes me was the position of its perching, as if it was sitting upright and parrallel to the branch. Indeed this morning walk was a moment of truth for me with the sighting of the Plaintive Cuckoo.
Plaintive Cuckoo seen at a distance
Close-up of the Plaintive Cuckoo. Location : Zone E