Sunday, May 31, 2009

Goodbye!

I have not seen this Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) at my back yard this week. They probably went back to their breeding ground up north.
Goodbye and have a lot of chicks ;)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hamba Kera - Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo


Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo

Friday, May 29, 2009

SkyWatch at Taman Negara


Sky Watch LogoClick the Logo above for more SkyWatch pictures from all over the world.
Morning mist at Kuala Tahan
6.30 am at Kuala Tahan National Park jetty
Morning mist at Kuala Tahan.
Rain Forest
10.42am inside the Jenut Muda trail
Rain Forest
It's a school holiday in Malaysia now. So, I will bring my children for a short break to a neighboring country. I just do an advanced/scheduled posting for the next four days.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Buff-necked Woodpecker at Kuala Tahan National park


Lifer no. 3

Buff-necked Woodpecker
Buff-necked Woodpecker (Meiglyptes tukki)
Buff-necked Woodpecker
Don't delete that blur picture, because sometime it will be very valuable as in this case.
I shot only this two frames, one blurry and another with half of the bird's body hidden by tree trunk.
This pic shows the characteristic ID - pale yellow/buff at the neck and red sub-moustachial for male species.
Buff-necked WoodpeckerLocal name: Belatuk Leher Kuning

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Water Wednesday - Pahang National Park


Boat at Taman Negara Pahang
Water or River
Water or River
Water wednesday

Taman Negara Kuala Tahan- Black-and-red Broadbill


Lifer no. 2 - Burung Rakit

Black-and-red Broadbill
Black-and-red Broadbill (Cymbirhynchus macrochynchus)
Black-and-red Broadbill
Black-and-red Broadbill carrying nesting material
Black-and-red Broadbill
I saw this couple across the river at Lubuk Simpon
Black-and-red Broadbill

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Kuala Tahan National Park - One Day Trip - Bird Photography

Click the above LOGO for more participation from all over the world.

Boat at Taman Negara Kuala Tahan

After seeing Yen posting his beautiful Great Argus pictures photographed at National park at Kuala Tahan Pahang @ 17/5. I am tempted to find that bird too. I'm from Pahang, and that Taman Negara (National Park) situated in my home state, and I have never been there.
So, on Sunday morning 24/5 I made an early start to that place. I reached there at 6.30am, nobody at Kuala Tahan wakeup except for a few boatman!.
Very eager to start birding, I immediately tracked the Lubuk Simpon trail at 7.30am. By 7.40 I encounter my first lifer - The Crested Fireback. Three male bird foraged in the dark trail, so with limited lighting focusing was very challenging.

Crested Fireback Lophura ignita rufa - Adult maleThis are the blurry record shots.
Crested Fireback Lophura ignita rufa Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita rufa) - adult male
Crested Fireback Ayam Pegar
Local name: Ayam Pegar
Crested Fireback Lophura ignita rufaBlack-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea prophata This Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea), nesting very near the wooden platform at Lubuk Simpon trail. When Yen saw it on 17/5, the birds were busy making the nest. Now the nest has been completed, and the male start incubating.
Picture by Yen - nest building 17/5/2009 and feeding the chicks 15/6/2009
The bird just sit quietly in the nest, did not afraid of me. For this full-framed pic, I have to back track to position my camera for 400mm minimum focusing distance of 3.5m.
Black-naped Monarch
Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea)
Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea prophata Motorized Sampan at Kuala Tahan

Motorized sampan transporting tourists to Taman Negara, Pahang.
Boat at Kuala Tahan, Pahang

Did I get the Great Argus?
No luck, trekking at that Jenut Muda trail was very challenging (for old man like me) with so many up&down hill. Heard loud call of this big bird everywhere, but none appear on the trail/open area. I give-up after waiting for 45 minutes (some more, I'm afraid of sitting alone at 3.5km inside the dark forest!). Next time maybe...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Brown-throated Sunbird at Cheery tree

continuing the Cheery tree series...
Brown-throated Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malaccensis) - male
Brown-throated Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker feeding Cherry fruits


..at the same tree from yesterday post.

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) -male
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) -male
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) -male
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) -maleLocal name: Sepah Puteri Merah, Size: 8cm

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker at Cherry tree


Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma) - male
Orange-bellied FlowerpeckerI found this beautiful tiny bird feeding on cherry fruits at a car park near the Raub Session Court. I male bird is beautiful compare to female (grey and just a little yellow at the underpart).
Orange-bellied FlowerpeckerCherry fruits (Muntingia calabura)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Local name: Sepah Puteri Dada oren, Size: 9cm
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker

Friday, May 22, 2009

One Sunday morning at Mempaga - SkyWatch Friday


Sky Watch LogoClick the Logo above for more SkyWatch pictures from all over the world.

I took this picture on Sunday morning at a straight road in Mempaga, Pahang.
Straight road at Mampaga
Please do not follow what I did - taking pictures while driving!
Straight road at MampagaThis was photographed earlier at Temerloh
Hibiscus and Sky Watch Friday

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Siput Babi - Garden Snail


Garden Snail
Siput Babi - (Achatina fulica)
Garden SnailPhotographed this big snail at my front gate.
Garden Snail
 
"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)