For the past 1 week ,this Large-tail Nightjar always perch on that old metal about 10 minutes after Maghrib.
My 4th attempt to get the right shots. Problems to get accurate focus at night, to get the exposure/flash right and to hide from the bird.
This time I pre-focused and set-up camera/tripod about 5 meters from the metal frame.
With manual metering and Phottix Cleon Wireless Remote control shutter release. I fired a few shots when the bird land
EXIF data: 2013:01:23 19:42:36
Shutter Speed) = 1/320 second
Exposure Program = manual control (1)
ISO Speed Ratings = 1000
Aperture = ƒ/5.66
Flash = Flash fired, compulsory flash mode (-1)
Focal Length = 400/1 mm ===> 400 mm
I seldom stay over night at Fraser's Hill for birding. However, last weekend check-in at the Puncak Inn because I don't feel like driving up too early from my house. Arrived up there at 7.30pm, and that budget hotel was fully booked, so I got the room at the top (4th floor). The staircase is straight up and very steep, good for knees exercise!.
Short birding in front of the hotel before check out, and got these two species. This Black-throated Sunbird flew in at a bottle brush flower looking for nectar.
Black-throated Sunbird perched on a Red shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeeana) just across the road..
Thank you to Soon Yin Tee from Facebook's My Nice Garden Chat group for plant/flower ID.
Streaked Spiderhunter looking at the Yellow Daylily flowers about 10 meters from the front door. When I went for close up shot, it flew over to a wire cable nearby.
My objective for today birding is to find the Sultan Tit. Skip my weekly long distance cycling trip because of this. Neglected this birding hobby for a long time , last went to Fraser's Hill in August 2011. After 2 hours waiting in front of Jelai Resort, not even a glimpse of sultan to be seen....here the usual regular resident..
here picture of Sultan - from Wikipedia
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)
Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)
Common Green Magpie (Cissa chinensis) - Gagak Gunung
"Do they not look at the birds, held poised in the midst of (the air and) the sky?
Nothing holds them up but (the power of) Allah.
Verily in this are signs for those who believe". Surah An-Nahl (The Bee) 16:79
"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)