30 November 2007

Brown Shrike - Tirjup Coklat Beberek dan Burung Kelengking

Ha..ha!, what species is this?

Brown Shrike - Tirjup Coklat (Lanius cristatus)

Oriental Pied Hornbill- Kelengking
(Anthracoceros albirostris)

Blue-throated Bee-eater - Beberek Leher Biru

29 November 2007

Bee Eater - Beberek Leher Biru

Blue-throated Bee-eater -
(Merops viridis)

Bangau oh Bangau!

Bangau oh Bangau, mengapa engkau kurus?

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Bangau Kecil

25 November 2007

Birding at Fraser's Hill

After getting my Digital SLR in March '07 and a
long lens in October 'o7, time to test it in real life nature birds photography.
All this while I have been taking backyard or garden birds photos from the convenience of my house's windows /doors.
So my family and I went to Fraser's Hill yesterday and we stayed at the Jelai Resort, famous among birders and bird photographers . It was really an eye-opener for me. In spite of the long lens (canon 400mm f5.6 + 1.4x extender), tripod, F1 bracket and better beamers flash accessories, to make bird photography as easy as possible, I found it very difficult and challenging.

I meet Mr. K.S Durai at the Fraser Hill Info Center. A very kind man, he lend me a pair of binocular. No deposit needed, I just show him my MNS id card.

I waited at Jelai's car park at 7.00am, the first wave of bird start at 7.20am. So many Laughing Trush landed and feed on insects at the car park. I fumble in the excitement of seeing so many birds, all lifer for me. Focusing was very difficult in the low morning light, AF didn't work, so manual was thing of the day. Very-very challenging. The birds look tame, but never lay still.
Imagine trying to catch them when they are jumping all over the branches, feeding from one flower to another.

After breakfast, we went for jungle tracking at Hemmant Trail - easy 1000m trail. The weather was fine and no rain the night before, so leech was not a problem. I got the Cuckoo shrike pic there.

Here are some of the pictures at that trail.

I snapped hundreds of frames, but mostly crappy out of focus, over/under exposed or no birds in the frame!

Here are 5 new species, the I managed to catch of the acceptable /record catch.

Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
Kelicap Jantung Gunung

Streaked Spiderhunter

Streaked Spiderhunter

(2) Asian Koel (Eudynamis scolopacea) - male juvenile. This is the species that I miss identified for a long time. After 3 yrs birding I found the answer. Immature Black and Crimson Oriole.

Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)
Rimba Ekor Panjang

Long Tailed Sibia

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus)
Rimba Mata Putih

Chestnut Capped Laughingthrush

Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)
Rimba Telinga Putih

Silver Eared Mesia

Scarlet Minivet - Burung Matahari
(Pericrocotus flammeus) ~ Male

Seen, but unable to photograph:
1. Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo
2. Fantail, White-Throated

I WILL BE BACK to shot more birds!

23 November 2007

Burung Perling Mata Merah dan Burung Takur Pipi Kuning

Asian Glossy Starling - Perling Mata Merah
(Aplonis panayensis)

Gold-whiskered Barbet - Takur Pipi Kuning
(Megalaima chrysopogon)

21 November 2007


White breasted Waterhen -Burung Wak-wak
(Amaurornis phoenucurus)

18 November 2007

Juvenile Oriental Magpie Robin - Anak Remaja Murai Kampung

Oriental Magpie Robin - Murai(Copsychus saularis)

Passer montanus saturatus

Back lighting
Eurasian Tree Sparrow -Ciak Rumah
(Passer montanus saturatus)

17 November 2007

King Oriole

King Fisher and Oriole perch together

16 November 2007


Chinese Pond-Heron ~ Pucung Cina
(Ardeola bacchus)

Sparrow - Ciak Rumah

Eurasian Tree Sparrow -Ciak Rumah