Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Pole position


I can't differentiate the species name (Hirundo tahitica or Hirundo rustica) with this back view.

Swallow (Hirundo sp)Swallow (Hirundo sp)

This is my last entry this year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Birding at Graveyard during Maal Hijrah Holiday


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This two species of Malkohas were my LIFER. Caught it digitally during Maal Hijrah holiday, at a graveyard!
Raffles's Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) - female

Black-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus diardi)

Kampung Sempam GraveyardKampung Sempam Graveyard.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Bunga Gelenggang - Two Golden Candlesticks

Bunga Gelenggang - Candle Bush (Cassia alata)

Bunga Gelenggang Cassia alata
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Salam Maal Hijrah 1430 H

Sempena dengan Maal Hijrah pada hari ini, saya mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan "Selamt Menyambut Maal Hijrah 1430H" - berazamlah untuk berhijrah dan berubah kepada sesuatu yang lebih baik.
Logo Maal Hijrah
Masjidil Haram at Night

Flying Blackbird

This is not the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, but
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Local name: Gagak Paruh Besar

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Post Holiday Red Eyed


Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) - adult

Adult Asian Glossy Starling
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)

Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)

Friday, December 26, 2008

A Dead Tree Full of Live Birds - SkyWatch Friday


One lonely dead tree covered with so many live Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

Asian Glossy Starling at the dead tree

Asian Glossy Starling at the dead tree

I found a poem at South African Poetry International Web, by Lionel Abrahams with the same tittle.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Red Capped Bird


This a Red Capped Bird , from Malaysia for this holiday season.
a very small bird, only about 9cm in size
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) - male

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wild Migrant - Flycatcher

This is migratory bird that winters in tropical southern Asia.

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Happy Holiday!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Crested Serpent-Eagle at TopRank Camp @ Raub -That's my World


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I have an nice close encountered with Eagle on Sunday while birding at TopRank camping ground near Raub. The resident eagle there, and I have seen it during my previous trip.
This is the first time that I have a close view of eagle in the wild environment.
TopRank is my new birding site after my favourite site (The Dead Teak Tree) at my back has been chopped down by neighbour.

Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Crested Serpent-EagleTake off and fly away...
Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela)Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela)Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Crested Serpent-Eagle

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wild Grass Flowers ~ Happy Holiday


Happy Holiday!

Wild Grass FlowerI don't know the name of this flower, but it look like a Christmas tree.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Barn Swallow and Magpie Robin


Oriental Magpie Robin win Canon EOS 50DOriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

Oriental Magpie Robin

Barn SwallowBarn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Juvenile Brahminy Kite with EOS 50D

I caught this Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), a few days ago in a perfect evening light with a blue sky.
The EOS 50D AF lock on very fast (without the 1.4x TC). This not so sharp pictures are due to the one behind the camera, my poor handling of in flight subject.
Shot in RAW that produced very large 20.2 MB files. With shutter speed set at high continuous, that quickly filled my 4MB CF card.
My Adobe Photoshop CS2 can't handle the CR2 format, so I have to use DPP- (Digital Photo Professional) , a software supplied by Canon first, and then transferred to Photoshop as a 'TIFF' and convert to 'JPG' file for web page.
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Orang Utan Island - Skywatch Friday my #13


Another picture from Bukit Merah LakeTown Resort.

View at Orang Utan Island at Bukit MerahTrees, ropes and platform for Juvenile Orang Utan- having a practice in jungle survival.
Orang Utan Tree Platform at Bukit Merah in Malaysia
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Juvenile White-throated Kingfisher

Another test of my new setup. This time I removed the 1.4x TC, so as expected the AF is much better and fast with all nine focusing points.
Subject: Juvenile White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), in not so bright morning light.

Juvenile White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Focusing Test with Yellow-vented Bulbul

Testing my new camera with this very common backyard bird - Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier).
With 400mm f5.6 lenses + taped 1.4X TeleConverter (Tamron SP), the camera's center AF point is useless (hunt endlessly), but the peripheral focusing points are still useable.
My old 400D can handle this situation much better.

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Birds in flight with my new camera

I acquired a new toy for photography this week. Still learning and familiarize with control knobs and its characteristic. I like its fast shutter speed (compare to my previous EOS 400D). The focus lock is also good, especially in good contrast subject like this birds in flight against the clear sky. I was not able to get the shot of fast swallows with my old camera. Most of my in flight shot were birds that just jumped from perch.
If you want to know what is my new toy , just right click the images to reveal the detail with EXIF reader.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

House Crow (Corvus splendens)House Crow (Corvus splendens)

House Crow (Corvus splendens)
SwallowHouse Crow (Corvus splendens)

Barn Swallows (left)


House Crow, about to land on Telecoms Tower.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dragon Flowers

Sweet Pitaya's Flowers - Dragon Flowers (Hylocereus sp.)

Sweet Pitaya's  Flowers - Dragon Flowers
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"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)