|28th December 2011, Bidor , Perak|
Local name: Pangling
Scientific Name: Porphyrio porphyrio
The last time I was there only one swamphen was sighted and it got me kinda worried. Some parts of the swamphen’s regular feeding area had been fenced up and the pond looked dry. The reason being the stream had been diverted into a commercial pond and as a result the liilies and water hyacinth , the swamphen’s main diet were gone.
On this visit the ponds looked green a lush with the water hyacinth in full bloom, the water was flowing again into the pond, and the swamphens?……….they are back and .thriving!.
Perfectly adapted for life on the floating vegetation, their long toes and large bill make short work of the soft water hyacinth shoots .
A juvenile bird startled by an unwelcomed visitor. The adult bird wasted no time in getting away from the imminent danger.