It’s very seldom in life that one has the privilege of photographing something quite rare. Today was one of those occasions.
For the past few days of the Chinese New Year holidays we have been photographing birds up at Bukit Tinggi with mixed results. Yesterday there were a ton of birds but the light was poor and it was very misty. Not one single shot was worth keeping.
So today it was back up the hill hoping for better light and a better result from the day’s efforts. And what a result it was….a once in a lifetime chance to photograph the rarely seen White-throated Rock Thrush. This elusive bird, a winter migrant from northern Asia, is a real rarity. To cap it off, the sun appeared for a few moments at absolutely the right time to bathe the bird’s perch in perfect light.
The bird was initially spotted by a tourist bird watcher who saw it perched on a dead stick deep down in an open patch of jungle. Considering the colouring of the bird, and the fact that the perch was quite a way down a steep slope, how in hell he spotted it is amazing. Anyway I salute his sharp eyes.
Interestingly, when the Thrush was away the same perch was used by a Ferruginous Flycatcher, another migrant from north Asia. Again this guy is not that common. Sitting scratching mosquito bites while waiting for the Thrush to return, I couldn’t help but wonder what are the chances of having two not often seen migratory birds share the same perch. It’s quite unbelievable. So, I’m obligated to thank the Flycatcher with a picture in the Blog as well.
It will be interesting to see if the Thrush returns again next year. The leaves under the perch were stained by bird crap indicating it is a favourite perch. So, provided the dead tree doesn’t collapse and the perch more or less remains intact until this time next year, who knows, maybe we will see him again. Let’s hope so, and let’s wait and see.