31 May 2008

Gold-Whiskered Barbet

Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon)

30 May 2008

29 May 2008

Bulbul on wire

This scanned picture (left) from Online Birds Book - Robinson & Chasen

Juvenile - Passer Montanus

28 May 2008

Gold-Whiskered with variety of Foods


Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon)

Bird - sparrow


Fruits - figs

Vertebrate - Lizard

Invertebrate - Cicada

Yellow fruits

27 May 2008

Dragon prey on insect

Red dragonfly eats an ant.

Orthetrum species, male

(Probably Orthetrum testaceum), not easy to confirm the ID - need to look at wings pattern etc.

26 May 2008

First trip with MNS Selangor Bird Group - Bukit Rengit, Lancang

Sunset at Lancang
Sunset @ 7.10 am - taken at Lancang Tol Plaza, while waiting for the group to arrive.

My first time joining this MNS bird group outing.
Although tired, I really enjoyed it. All the birds were lifer for me, except the common tailor bird.
First time meet the wonderful members such as Sifu Lim Aun Tiah, Jasmine Steed, John Steed (I have been reading their nature photography website regularly),Tang Tuck Hong, Susan Wong Chor Mun (PhotoMalaysia regular),Omar, Syafik and many more that I didn't remember their name.
I may join you all again, if time permitted. Thank you every body.
Best regards,

Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea)

Somebody found this little monarch on the road.
It look stunted and didn't more when held by Aun Tiah and just stayed motionless on a dry leaf cupped by Tang.
No external injury was observe.

It then left on that dry leaf on the tree branch.
On close inspection, you see the injury at the lower eye lid there.
It was still there when I went home.

{Edited (24/06/08), I read Susan Blog that the bird was well and recovered and flew off @ 12.14 pm.
What I thought of injured lower lid was actually the normal feather colour!}.


White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)

Perched on a lovely thin curve branch. Stayed there for a few minutes posing for us.

Malaysia stamp featuring Mr. Shama.


Colugo -Malayan Flying Lemur
(Cynocephalus variegatus)

This Colugs is mammals, clinging to trunk during a day and active at night,gliding from trunk to trunk.
There is a baby hidden under he
r body.

The photo on the left was heavily edited with 'Photo Filtre 6.3.1', where the twig that cover the Colugo's eye removed.

More info from WildLifeSingapore.


Flower Pecker - Yellow-Breasted (Prionochilus maculatus)


Bulbul - Hairy-Backed (Tricholestes criniger)

Bulbul ? sp


Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis),
small barbet 17-18 cm in length, slightly bigger than Coppersmith Barbet (15cm).

Probably "Megalaima australis duvaucelii" (sub-species that found here in Malaysia)

(Reference: Wikipedia)


Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis)

can hardly see the green bird in green leaves

25 May 2008

Birds feed on Carpet Grass seeds

Still about Passer Montanus (no other birds to post!)
Now feeding on carpet grass seeds (Axonopus affinis)

Carpet grass seeds

(Axonopus affinis)

24 May 2008

Carpenter Bee

This is what I upload when I have no new or interesting birds pictures. ;-)

In term of birds count, I have reach the static count of 41 birds around my house and backyard.
No more new birds.
I have to go out for active birding, may be joining this MNS Birding Group. They will organizing an outing at Bukit Rengit, Lancang tomorrow.
Oh! I have to work, even on Sunday ! :-(
(I am a Malaysian Nature Society member, but never have a time to join their activities).

Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp) with a bright yellow thorax and a black abdomen.

23 May 2008

Galanga Flowers and Carpenter Bee

Bunga Lengkuas ( Galanga Flowers) [Alpinia galanga]


Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa spp)
More bigger bee here.

[The genus name Alpinia is in memory of an Italian botanist (Prospero Alpina, 1533–1617). The alternative (younger) genus name Languas is based on Malay lengkuas “galanga”]

(reference: Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages)

22 May 2008

Winter White dwarf hamsters - my children's pet

Despite their mother protest, I proceed and bought this little hamsters.
My children was delighted, and happy.

Their mother imposed a stick law regarding the 'rat' keeping.

i) Keep the 'rat' outside the house.
ii) Make sure no unwanted or smell / odour come out from that 'rat'.
iii) Strict hygiene control, "you wash the 'najis' yourself".
iv) Don't let her see the 'rat'.

The Chinese Hamster (Cricetulus griseus).
Winter White dwarf hamsters

The wild colour is greyish brown above with a black stripe down the spine and a whitish belly

This coloration, combined with their lithe build and longer tail, makes them look "mousy", in fact they are members of the group called ratlike hamster.

A Chinese hamster's body proportions, compared with those of other hamsters, appear "long and thin" and they have (for a hamster) a relatively long tail.

(Reference: Wikipedia)

We have two of this hamsters (not of same size - the pictures shown here is the bigger one (my son called 'Buntat'). Although it look tame, they can fight with each other. Off course the smaller one loose, and there was a small wound at the back- that my son applied a 'minyak afiat' to heal it.
So, I have to buy another housing to keep them individually.

- inside the orange ball