Birds at Sungai Rambah


When they say you need patience in birds photography, I did not know that it could run for a few days in a row.  I only knew it when I started to present myself at the same spot over and over again for a few days straight.  As I did not use hide nor did I wear camo painted military-like apparel, I must have stuck out like a sore thumb.  They kept their distance away from me and the kingfisher totally out of sight.  Only when I’m starting to become a familiar sight that they started to move nearer and appear.  Lesson learned and I’m starting to enjoy and appreciate the rewards.

Here are a few photos from the recent successive trips to Sungai Rambah at Pontian, Johor.

The river mouth

The river mouth and the mudflat at low tide


The mangroves at the river bank


Great Egret


Striated Heron


Lesser Adjutant


Grey Heron


There are three species here


Great and Little Egrets


This one just beginning to show itself and far away

Plain Sunbird

Sunbird feasting on the nectar of the coconut flowers


White-bellied Sea Eagle


Brahminy Kite

There are a few others.

The Birds At Lido Beach

Lido Beach, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

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.

White-bellied Sea Eagle flying along the strait

Red-backed Sea Eagles resting

Duck flying alone (found out it was cormorant)

Love to see these cormorants fly, skimming just above the water. Amazing speed

Javan Mynas

Kingfisher with crab

Heron in flight

Egrets in flight

Another kind of long neck, the Milky Stork

Little Tern

Here’s the rest that I yet to know the species;

I don't think its the sparrow (Scaly-breasted Munia)

The rest are quite camouflage (Sandpiper)

Very agile

Looks like a kind of Raven (Glossy Starlings)

The Lone Cormorant Is Not Alone Anymore

Heron In Flight

I’m kinda like  Lido Beach because of the birds there. The Herons and Egrets were few compared to the ubiquitous sparrows, crows, pigeons and the very proliferating birds that were the Mynas. Occasionally I did saw a White-bellied Sea Eagle flying high and once missed seeing a Red-backed Sea Eagle (Brahminy Kite) diving. I only got to see it getting airborne and flew away eating its catch in flight. A missed opportunity. I must say seeing an eagle catching its prey just beneath the surface of the water is a sight to behold. The positioning for blind spot, the swooping dive, the timing (wings stretching far behind  and talons forward) and finally the catch and the flight, precision.

Missed Opportunity

The birds that followed the ferry while I was on my trip from Penyalai to Tanjung Batu in Riau Indonesia were also found at Lido Beach. I had yet to know its name. So after some searching I found out that the species were known as Tern. There were two types of terns that followed the ferry, the Black-nape Tern and the Little Tern. The one I saw at Lido Beach was the Little Tern.

Little Tern

Just recently, I was passing by Lido Beach at Johor Bahru and as usual I gave a quick glance to see if there were Herons nearby. What I saw really surprised me. The lone duck cormorant that I had seen alone all those while was no longer alone. Now it had company, not one but two. It’s a crowd……well at least.

Not alone anymore