|2nd January 2011, Kemensah , Selangor|
It has been more than a year since I last saw this bird. She was on the ground, concentrating intently on catching a prey that she didn’t notice my presence hardly 12 ft away. Quickly snapped the first two pictures before losing sight of her in the undergrowth. Chestnut-bellied Malkohas are less commonly seen in Kemensah than the other species of malkoha namely the Green-billed, Chestnut-breasted, Raffle’s and the Black-bellied.
It was a golden opportunity to improve on my previous photos of this bird that I decided to wait and see if she would reappear. Yes she definitely did! on a branch right above my head.
The orange eye patch is a distinct feature of this species. The chestnut coloured undertail covert is clearly visible.
Amazing to see the multitude of colours just around the head
This is where she’s usually more comfortable, in between the leaves.