Asian Openbills at Malim Nawar, Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

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1 OPenbillA [DanarajManiam

“On 23rd November 2015 I was on my birding trip to Malim Nawar in Kampar, Perak, Malaysia where I noticed the Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) sitting high on a dead tree. I stopped my car, took my camera out still seated in my car I took a few shots (above).

2 OPenbillA [DanarajManiam

“I returned the next day an saw around six flying high up in the sky. They circled the sky round and round for about half an hour (above).

3 OPenbillA [DanarajManiam

“About 9 days later when I was coming back home after birding at around noon, I spotted the birds again. This time there were 34 of them flying around. It’s the first time I saw these birds in Malim Nawar.

“I have not seen the birds in the lakes looking for prey, so I cannot tell you much about the Asian Openbill. Maybe they are migration birds passing by, and looking for some fish to eat.”

Note: An account of these birds migrating south is found HERE; gathering at Batang Tiga, Malacca HERE; feeding on freshwater Golden Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata) HERE; and other food HERE.

Danaraj Maniam
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
8th February 2016

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