Monday, May 09, 2011

4th May 2011:At sea off Tanjung Dawai, Kedah. Part 2: Jaegers and Brown Booby

The Brown Booby was still around. As last time, it didn't appear till afternoon when the light was difficult, and it didn't come particularly close.

But it provided Peter and James with another Malaysian tick, so they were both happy!

My first view of it on the water.

No Pomarine Jaegers today - perhaps their passage period is over, but Long-tailed were numerous. We estimated about 10 birds.

An adult and a 1st year bird together.

The adult had unusual white markings on the underwing coverts.

Another immature bird on the sea.

Jaegers don't usually come close, but we got lucky today!

A strikingly marked 1st year bird.

The pale blue legs and 'dipped-in-ink' feet are very distinctive.

Towards dusk this beautiful adult started following the boat.

This is one of James's best shots of the same bird. Note the difference between the 100-400mm f5.6 (my pics) and the 300mm f2.8 (James's pics)!

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