30 June 2008

Drongo feeding behavior

Drongo feeding behavior Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer) [Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer)]

I have a the opportunity to observe this Dongo in action along the Genting Road, near the mosque at Fraser's Hill last Sunday, during the International Bird race.

These insectivorous birds are found in usually tropical moist montana such as Fraser's Hill here.

I noticed two drongos hunt for insects. They catch the insects in mid-flight and return to the same perch to eat it. (same behavior as bee eater)

The photograph shows drongo in the act of swallowing.
They have short legs and sit very upright whilst perched, like a shrike.

(Reference: Wikipedia.)

29 June 2008

"Si Kering" - Chinese Hamster

Chinese Hamster - we called it "Kering", because when we bought it, it was so tiny and thin.
(thin ~ dry = 'kering')

After we take care of it for more than two months, it is no longer thin, but the name remain the same.

This picture was taken when we allow it to roaming the backyard for exercise.

28 June 2008

Mr. Pecker - (Dinopium javanense)

Woodpecker -Common Flameback -Belatuk Pinang Kecil
(Dinopium javanense)

27 June 2008

Semarak Api - Flame of the Forest - Delonix regia

Semarak Api
Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant

26 June 2008

25 June 2008

Bunga Tahi Ayam

Lantana camara

Poisonous : Fatal. Affects lungs, kidney, heart and nervous system

24 June 2008


Nephrolepis biserrata

Acording to YC Wee who is a Professor of Botanist -
" the second shoot looks like resam"

Paku Resam ( Dicranopteris curranii )

23 June 2008

22 June 2008

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008

Firdaus at Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008Firdaus at Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008I went to Fraser's Hill  with my birding kaki (Firdaus -my son), to see what going on at that Hill Station.
The International Bird Race , was going on since yesterday (21 - 22 Jun 2008).
I didn't participate but just going around looking for birds and hopefully can photograph it.
We arrived at 7.30am and went straight to Telecom Loop for birding

Kura-kura atau Lelabithen ventured into Abu Suradi Trail, and this was what we got.
? "Lelabi" ? "Kura-kura"- Tortoise had a difficult time climbing the slope at the wet trail.

Mengkarung Many-lined Sun Skink Mabuya sp.and this small "mengkarung".

Many-Lined Sun Skink (Mabuya sp.)

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008
The exhibition about birding equipment's and book. The usual MNS booth, Nikon, Minox etc

(Zulkairi Mat Haron in green shirt)

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008Posters listing the birds of Fraser's Hill.

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008Children activities going on - coloring competition

The foreground is my camera set-up.

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008

Drogo at Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008

This is my highlight of the day, I got it at the trail near the Jelai Resort.

Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer)
[Cecawi Gunung].

Minuvet at Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008

and here out of focus Scarlet Grey-chin Minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus)

Mesia EmblemMesia at Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008also out of focus the famous Mesia - Emblem of Fraser's Hill.
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)

This mesia emblem/badge, I bought from MNS (Malaysia Nature Society) exhibition booth. Only RM 6.00 for members.

Sibia at Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)

Streaked Spider Hunter at Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008out of focus spider hunter -
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)

Pacific Swallow at Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008The swallow - Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Perched at a steel railing in front of Faser's golf course.

Wild fruits at Fraser's Hillwild fruits

Wild Flowers at Fraser's Hillwith matching flowers (not the same species as the fruits above).

Barbet at Fraser's Hilla glimpse of blurry bird -
Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008and finally the unknown bird (what is the bird ID?) - Edit (May 2010): Mountain Fulvetta. Rimba Murai Bukit

Edit: revisit this entry after one year, and today (20 June 2009) is another bird race held at Fraser's Hill.
Now I know this bird ID, Mountain Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus trivirgatus)
Local name: Cekup Daun Gunung

This warbler is yellow in colour unlike that fulvetta.

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race - 2008We didn't wait for the closing ceremony, so tired - with non-stop walking from 7.30 till 11.30am.
We left the hill station at 12.00 am.

The other gap road is still closed, so all have to line-up to use the only road available with the time table, one-way traffic flow (going up - odd numbers, going down -even numbers).


Long-tailed Macaque - Macaca fascicularis

21 June 2008

Buah Cempedak di luar pagar

This Cempdeak tree/fruits is just outside my backyard fence.

"Buah Cempedek di luar pagar
Ambil galah tolong jolokkan"

20 June 2008

My new book - A Passion for Birds

My new book - A Passion for Birds by Ong Kiem Sian , (Lady of Birds article from AsiaOne), just arrived 3o minutes ago, via airmail from Singapore.

Ordered from naturesniche.com - Nature's Bookstore website, run by Morten Strange (Editor of the above book).

Oriental Magpie Robin and American Cockroach

Oriental Magpie Robin Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

Magpie and American CockroachWith Cockroach

American CockroachAmerican Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)

19 June 2008

Cheques for a new camera

Free ChequesI received this two cheques from two banks recently.
Total amount RM 133000.00

The new Canon's flagship EOS-1D Mark III from ShaShinKi cost RM13500.00, so I just need add another 200.00!

Very easy to get credit nowadays..

I just terminated by account by breaking my Maybank card into half and send it to their headquarter. (I don't need too many plastics)

18 June 2008

Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Pied Fantail Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Pied Fantail