“I recently concluded my 5 days bird guiding trip covering Kuala Selangor, Fraser’s Hill and Hulu Langat. Some of the most interesting observations made through these 5 days were
“1. Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) hovering and caught a spider in the morning hour of 10th February 2012. Although I have been seeing these species at this location many times, I didn’t notice what it was attracted to until 4 days when I was looking at it hovering and perching and then it hovers again to snatch a spider on the web. Believe or not, this is the very first time I can remember seeing a spiderhunter feeding on a spider. Most of the time, I only see them feeding on nectars (unfortunately, no photo).
“2. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis) catching ants. On the very same day, when we were inside the forest, we noticed a pair of sunbird busy checking out a particular tree. From afar, we aimed our spotting scopes on them and noticed what they were doing. Check out the video above. And then i google ‘sunbird feeding on ants’ and found Dr Amar’s article on feeding behavior of Ruby-cheeked Sunbird.
“Another interesting sighting was the Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus maculatus) poking at the base of a tubular-shaped flower (rhododendron type) for feeding and also picking on the berries of Melastomaceae (again no photo).”
Cheong Weng Chun
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
13th February 2012