Monday, June 15, 2009

Black Naped Monarch (Trilogy)

You might have guess that I revisited the Black Naped Monarch for the 2nd times after I spotted the couple building their nest and that is because I was excited with the idea of witnessing the whole nesting process from nest building, incubating of the eggs and finally seeing the hatched chicks. That would be a joy, wouldn't it?

The whole chapter finally ended with the birth of two chicks where it all started back in mid May 09 where I first witnessed the nest building activity and ever since then I was blessed with many other new sighting from Kuala Tahan. These chicks will fledged soon, with the birth of these chicks, this chapter on Black Naped Monarch has also ended.

PS: And I made a mistake by assuming that there will be only one chick judging from the size of the nest, how wrong.

And the father was also doing his part as a parent.

This trip to Kuala Tahan was just as exciting as the previous two (2) trips that I made.
Some new sighting:-

1. Crested Fireback @ Mutiara Resort near hostel - updated photograph
2. Javan frogmouth en route to Lubuk Simpon - with photograph
3. Banded Pitta, en route to Lubuk Simpon saw him dashing across the trail, without photograph
4. Buff Rumped woodpecker en route to Lubuk Simpon , with photograph
5. Crimson Winged Woodpecker en route to Canopy Walk, without photograph
6. Babblers, Tailorbirds and others which I have yet to ID.
7. Garnet Pitta, Lubuk Simpon - with photo

Other wild life sighted.

1. Mouse Deer (twice)
2. Monitor Lizard
3. A tree snake


Tabib said...

What a beautiful photos here!.
It is good to know that the pair have successfully incubate and hatch the eggs, and now is the critical stage. With the nest so closed to public path and with hectic activity of feeding the hungry chick, the predators or human may notice them. They may kill and harm them.

yen said...

That was my main concern too, and thankfully school holiday has just ended, because the same trail was used for nite trekking and noctunal wildlife onservations.

That said, if they have managed to come so far, I am pretty sure they will do just fine.

John said...

Great documentary shots, Yen . Like it very much, thanks for sharing.

Dale Forbes said...

Hi Yen, great photos. how far away from the nest is the path? I presume from Tabib's comments that it is really close. Hopefully Tabib will be feeling better again soon and will be able to go see them himself.

Happy birding
(and take care of those monarchs!)

yen said...


Very close, less than 3 feet from the trail, you can reach it from the paved trek (manmade platform). Thankfully, the people that uses the trail can't be bothered to slow down to observe their sorrounding. Furthermore, the nest is really tiny within its vast sorrounding.

There were a lot of noise because the same trail is use to access the rest of the sorrounding treks.

Larry Jordan said...

Excellent captures of a beautiful pair of birds Yen. I love being able to watch the entire process from the nest building to the chicks fledging.

I really enjoyed the nest building post also.

hasyimi said...

Great documentation! and beautiful photos too.

mick said...

Great photos and how nice that you were able to watch the nest all this time.

Kelly said...

...Yeah! I'm glad you've gone back to visit the nest and caught photos of the two nestlings. They are so cute with their little bills permanently stuck in the open position! Love the intense blue of the male...

gwendolen said...

Excellent photos. I'd love to see the picture of the Frogmouth, will you post it too?

Heather said...

Lovely pictures, Yen. Isn't it wonderful to observe the entire nesting process first-hand? I read in one of your responses above that many people do not take the time to observe their surroundings while using the trail. Seems ironic, if the trail is in a nature place? Or is it not really a place meant for nature observation? (Thank you for visiting my blog, by the way!)