August 31 2010. Thanks to the intel provided by Chien and Weefar, I managed to get 3 new species of Barbet from a fig tree at Ulu Guar Recreation Park. There were small flock of Barbets and others came to consume the fruit at the fig tree.
The first species that got my attention was the Gold-whiskered Barbet. It is the biggest size among the species that came to this fig tree.
After photographing the Gold-whiskered, I noticed a smaller size species, which has a obvious red color feather at the throat, were actively hopping from twig to twig feeding on the fruit. I later found out that it is the Red-throated Barbet.
Male Red-throated Barbet
Female Red-throated Barbet. The feather at crown and throat is less
striking and colorful
The highlight of the day was when I saw this species with striking yellow color crowned perched at one of the twig at eye-leveled. It was the Yellow-crowned Barbet, the rarest among the three. I guess the Yellow-crowned also could not resist the temptation of the juicy fruit of the fig tree and decided to come out to this fig tree at the forest edge.
I am glad that I decided to make the trip here and rewarded with many beautiful shots of the Barbets. I was completed exhausted when I finally reached home at the evening. Thanks for reading, you comments are highly appreciated.