Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Slaty-breasted Rail of Sungai Rambai and Painted-Snipes of Batang Tiga

Slaty-breasted Rail trapped in a ditch at Sungai Rambai paddyfields in Malacca. A dried-up coconut leave was left near the ditch to function as a "bridge" for it to climb out safely before members of Wild Bird Club of Malaysia left the ricefields of Sungai Rambai. Waders and waterbirds were out and about in the paddyfields of Sungai Rambai that Malaysia Day.

Flock of Oriental Pratincoles were riding on the thermals of the sweltering heat in ploughed paddyfields of Sungai Rambai.

Crepuscular - word used to describe the Greater Painted-Snipe. Means it is an active bird at twilight or just before dawn so it was a pleasant surprise to spot a pair including a third Painted-Snipe with baby chick at Batang Tiga ricefields at around 11am, that Sunday. Picture of Father and Chick Painted-Snipe is in Wild Bird Club of Malaysia website article entitled Birdwatching & Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan in Malacca


  1. The water in ditch looks clear. Can see green grass in inside. Rail's feet looks really long. Suitable to walk in wetlands.

  2. nice picture and good resolution :)

  3. Snipe? Wasn't that what the boy scout in UP movie was told to look for by the grumpy old man:)

    1. Even though Kevin's a female, her appearance is based on the male Himalayan Monal pheasant. Many sources, including Peter Docter's study guide to Up, say that Kevin's species is the mythical "Snipe", a fictional bird created to send foolish people on wild goose chases. Source: http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/Kevin

  4. Reese Yeo, Pixar movie UP plot included Carl & Russell teaming up with Doug the dog to save this South American bird "Kevin" from the overzealous explorer Carl Muntz!


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