Friday, October 31, 2008

Birding at Kinabalu Park - SkyWatch Friday my # 7

This is what I got, trying to photographed bird without telephoto lenses, (ha..ha! do you see the flying bird?)
Mount Kinabalu (the highest peak in South East Asia) at the background.
The plant at the middle foreground is The Giant/King Fern (Angiopteris evecta) - the largest fern on earth!

Kinabalu park, Giant Fern,Angiopteris evecta
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yellow-vented Birds

Yellow-vented Flowerpecker (Dicaeum chrysorrheum)
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker (Dicaeum chrysorrheum)Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) Merbah kapor

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dragonflies in Love

This dragonflies mating pictures was taken with Nokia N70, post-processed with PhotoFiltre, a free software for non-commercial use.
Making Love on the grass Two in tanggo the DragonsLove of the Dragons making it on the rock
On the rock
and grass

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Kinabalu Waterfront - That's my World!

My first entry to "That's my World!. I miss last week inaugural edition.

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This Water Front picture was photographed at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia, in August this year.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Colour of Deepavali Holiday

We have another holiday here in Malaysia - Deepavali, celebrated by Hindus community.
Shrub Verbenas flower - Lantana camara
Bunga Tahi Ayam Lantana camaraMango shoots - Mangifera indica
Young Mangoes' Leaves
Goodluck Plant -Cordyline terminalis
Magenta colored Leaf
Song of India - Dracaena reflexa
Green Leaves
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Top Rank Bird Photography during Sultan's Birthday Holiday

Top Rank Kem RaubYesterday was holiday in the state of Pahang here - Sultan Birthday on 24 th October, so I took the opportunity for bird photography at a new location - an outdoor camp site called Top Rank. This camp located about 10 km to the north of Raub Town. School children usually use this site for camping and their extracurricular activities.

Located near the secondary jungle and small lake. Opposite the camp is a large Dragon Fruits (sweet pitayas) farm.

Dragon Fruits Farm














I was surprised to find so many birds here, so I managed to photographed three LIFER today
There are 19 birds perched at this dead tree.
Bird at Top Rank Kem RaubMy first time seeing so many Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps), perched at a dead tree and at the "Cenderai" tree (Microcos tomentosa) eating the fruits.
Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)  Merbak Siam
Eagle and King FisherThis Eagle and KingFisher sharing the tree for a rest, and looking for a prey.
Eagle and King FisherMy LIFER #1; Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela) Helang Kuik, soaring and searching for prey (below)
Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela)Here LIFER #2; Slaty-breasted Rail (Rallus striatus) Burung Sintar, at the edge of the lake.
Very jittery and run away before I could focused my camera properly.
Edit: Smathi Chong send my an e-mail, this could be a Barred buttonquail (Turnix suscitator).
I don't have any good picture to show, so I'm not sure about the ID now.

Slaty-breasted Rail (Rallus striatus) LIFER #3; Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex) Merbah Siam ,at the "Cenderai" tree (Microcos tomentosa), you can see three green fruits here.
Jungle Bulbul Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex)Black-headed bulbul (LEFT) and Cream-vented Bulbul (RIGHT)
Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)Jungle Bulbul Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex)






















Common bird that can be found every where here, Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Burung Layang-layang Pacific SwallowWild Mushroom
Cendawan Mushroomand finally the Malayan Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) - 'biawak air' swimming slowly at the lake.
Biawak Air Water monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Munia JUVenile

Scaly-breasted Munia - Juvenile and with adult at the right
Juvenile Scaly-breasted MuniaJuvenile Scaly-breasted Munia with adult






















Juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia perched at Bunga Melur treePerched at Gardenia sp. Jasminum Sambac tree,

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Common Iora is always my favourite bird

There are only two yellow birds species here at my backyard;- The Black-naped Oriole and Common Iora. I like this Iora the most, because of its small and cute in size (just 15cm compare to black-naped Oriole 27cm), foraging very near my back door and very challenging to photograph for its constantly on the move. The juvenile feather is so fluffy and adorable. I have been posting this same species for 20 entry in this blog. That is why Common Iora features very prominently at my blog's Header above.Juvenile Common Iora in full framed at Rambutan tree in Raub MalaysiaThis picture was photographed full framed, ie. no croped and very minimal post-processing done (just 5% increased in colour saturation + the black/gray frame).
It perched about 3-4 meters from my camera, the minimal focusing distance for my 400mm f5.6 L telephoto lenses.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dollarbird at dead coconut tree

Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) photograph on top of dead coconut tree.
I didn't got the flight pic that shows the two silver dollar coins under its wings.
Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis Eastern/Broad-billed Roller, Tiong Batu  Other common name: Eastern/Broad-billed Roller, Tiong Batu (Malay)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Plaintain Squirrel with nesting material

Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus) carrying a coconut husk to build it nest
Plaintain Squirrel with nesting material

Monday, October 20, 2008

Two Starling resting at dead branch

Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Two Starling resting at dead branch at My Backyard in Raub malaysiaTwo Starling resting at dead branch

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Red Eyes Aplonis panayensis

I just click the shutter release button when this Asian Glossy Starling jumped from that tree stub. What an eerily look eyes!
Red Eyes Flying Asian Glossy Starling staring at youThe singing Asian Glossy Starling at Raub MalaysiaThis singing Starling was captured a few second earlier

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Another Black-naped Oriole at Banana leave

Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
 Black-naped Oriole at Banana leave in Raub Malaysia

Friday, October 17, 2008

Skywatch Friday Forest at Raub Malaysia - my # 6

This leafless trees are part of the forest at a slope of the hill, situated about 1 km to the west of my house.
Leafless trees at a forest in Raub Malaysia - Skywatch Friday  Forest at Raub MalaysiaActually there are leaves at those trees if you look closely (click on the picure for large image)


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Egret sp Flock Flying over the Forest

For the last two weeks, I have seen the flock of Egret flying over Raub.
Usually four to ten birds in the flock. So far it not yet landed at my backyard.
Egret  sp Flock Flying into the ForestFour Egret species flying over the forest.
Egret  sp Flock Flying into the Forest
Forest with dead trees at Raub MalaysiaThis landing Little Egret was photographed in March this year.
Little Egret is resident migrant in Malaysia. Migrant population add the number of this bird, so that why I can it at my backyard now.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Black-napped Oriole flying and the Moon an Art Experimentation

I tried to create the flying bird with the moon at the background, like my eagle picture that I shot at Kemasik Terengganu last month. This is my experimentation with superimposed image

Final Image of Black-napped Oriole Superimposed with the MoonThe final image - superimpose moon and the bird

Daylight Moon at Raub MalaysiaThis moon image was captured the day before.

Black-naped Oriole image croped and size adjustedImage croped and adjusted the size to include the front space for the bird to fly into

The original bird picture Oriole jumping from dead branchThis is the original image of Black-naped Oriole jumping from the dead branch

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Male Blue Moon Butterfly on the canvas shoe

Male Blue Moon Butterfly on the canvas shoeMale on the canvas shoes

Male Blue Moon Butterfly on the shoe cupboardMale Blue Moon Butterfly on the jambu leaf


















I noticed the blue dots Butterfly flying slowly in front of my house during lunch break.
It rested of the small three, than at the shoes cupboard. Finally it landed on my son's canvas shoes with the wings spread open. I search for the ID; Great Eggfly, also called Blue Moon Butterfly.
Scientific name: (Hypolimnas bolina jacintha).
 
"Do they not see the birds above them, spreading out their wings and folding them in? None upholds them except the Most Beneficent (Allah). Verily, He is the All-Seer of everything".
Surah Al-Mulk (67:19)