Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Black Naped Monarch Revisit

I made another short trip to Kuala Tahan hoping to achieve two things, to observe the hatchling of the Black Naped Monarch and to find the star bird of Kuala Tahan, the Pittas. Found none, and was blessed with these birds instead.
  1. Greater Coucal whilst driving in/out of Kuala Tahan- saw twice, with photograph
  2. Raffles's Malkoha @ Camp site, with photograph
  3. A couple of Wild Fowl @ Tahan Hide- with photograph
  4. Yellow Bellied Bulbul @ Swamp Loop - with photograph
  5. The Black Naped Monarch en route to Lubuk Simpon - with photograph
  6. Asian Fairy Flycatcher en route to Lubuk Simpon - saw - without photograph
  7. Black and Red Broadbill @ Lubuk Simpon/Tahan Hide, saw twice - without photograph
  8. A pair of Rhinoceros Hornbill @ Lubuk Simpon - without photograph
  9. Black-headed Bulbul @ camp Site- without photograph
  10. Great Argus - heard throughout the Jenut Muda Trail
  11. Scarlet Rumped Trogon, heard en route to Lubuk Simpon - without photograph
  12. Abbott's Babbler, en route to Lubuk Simpon - with photograph
  13. Black Throated Babbler, en route to Lubuk Simpon - with photograph
Other wild life sighted at Tahan Hide:
  1. A Family of Wild Boar - with photograph
  2. A Sambar Deer - with photograph
Here is a series of photographs of the Black Naped Monarch couple taking turn incubating their egg. The Black Naped Monarch is a small bird measuring nothing more than 16 cm and notice just how small is the nest which is slightly larger than a Chinese Tea Cup, by that I presumed there is only one (1) egg.

Photograph 1 - The male incubating their egg.

The couple take turn to prey on insect and would return every half hourly to incubate their egg.
Photograph 2 - The female return from preying on insect and would stand right next the the nest observing/guarding for intruder before she "sit".

Photograph 3 - The male return with an insect in his beak, by that I am also assuming they are stocking up foods in anticipating for their hatchling emerging from the egg soon.

My only regret is not being able to observe the chick when it hatched few days from now, presumably so because the couple would sit up every now and then checking on the egg as if the chick is pecking its way out of the egg.

With luck, I should be able to witness a new birth because the chick would usually need about 14 days to develop. We will see.


Neil said...

Good luck with the chick hope to see photos soon.

John said...

A wonderful trip, Yen. Congrat !

Tabib said...

Beautiful pics!
So, need to go up there weekly, waiting for a chick.
I like to go, but so far away for a day trip.
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Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! What an incredibly beautiful bird!! I love the electric blue, and especially like the shot of him on the nest.

Gallicissa said...

Very pretty.
sounds like you've had quite a productive trip. I had a chance sighting of a Great Argus female when it walked pass me while I was crouched up observing a Ruddy-breasted Crake at TN. I failed to the male at JM trail.

irfan said...

very good shots!!!
hope to see more!
irfan choo

yen said...

I am honoured by your visit to my blog Mr. Irfan Choo.

Thanks for dropping by.