I have been frequenting Lido Beach a few times now to photograph the birds there. Lido beach is situated in the city of Johor Bahru on the left side of the causeway facing the Strait of Tebrau which lies between the State of Johor, Malaysia and Singapore. Sadly the water now is not what it was like in the 70s. Then the water was clear and green but now it is murky and dark. Blame it on industrialisation and the causeway which exacerbates the condition by impeding the free flow of the water. Given the right quality of water, the strait is perfect for breeding marine life. It is well protected from the harsh environment of the open seas.
The intention of this article is to show the variety of birds that can be seen there as the images that I have are not good enough. I am still figuring out what is lacking, be it on my part or the equipment that I have. The shooting distances are quite far and the Egrets take flight if I come too close. I do not want to be looked like I am camping there as I do not want to attract attention. Already by just being casual with a long lens, I got a few friendly approach by people to chat with me.
You get to see many species of birds at Lido beach if you stay long enough. One just fly pass along the strait to the east and return in the evening flying west. This is what the White-bellied Sea Eagle is observed doing. Some at times stay awhile, a case of the Red-backed Sea Eagle (or Brahminy Kite). Others make Lido beach part of their hunting or play ground.
Here are some pictures of the birds shot at Lido Beach. I have yet to get images of crows, pigeons and if possible swiftlets. Swiftlets fly non-stop after leaving their nests, never perch, and they are small, dark and swift. Just perfect for a blurry image.
Here’s the rest that I yet to know the species;