Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Aidil Fitri Firework last Raya October 2007

Everyone is in Hari Raya mood, and I have no new bird picture to post, so this old pictures of children playing with sparkler during last raya holiday will bring back the nostalgia.

Muhammad Hanis playing with Firework Bunga Api during last Aidil Fitri 2007M. Hanis and Adda playing with "Bunga Api" during last Aidil-Fitri, October 2007

Suhaida playing with fire work during last Aidil Fitri 2007

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Eid Ul Fitr from Malaysia

Gold-Whiskerd Barbet singing Happy Eid Ul Fitr from MalaysiaEid Ul Fitr will most probably be on Wednesday, 1st October here in Malaysia. The festive atmosphere is every there, including this Gold-whiskered Barbet - singing non stop for about half an hour at the favourite dead teak branch.

Gold-Whiskerd Barbet singing Happy Eid Ul Fitr from Malaysia

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Juvenile Cobra Naja sp. at mybackyard

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Juvenile Cobra Naja sp. at my backyard

This Juvenile Cobra (Naja Sp.), wandering at my backyard looking for food.
Naja sumatrana, aka Black spitting cobra, Malayan spitting cobra.
Reference: School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University here

Juvenile Cobra Naja sp. at my backyard

Friday, September 26, 2008

SkyWatch Friday - my # 4

Sunset with telephoto 400mm f5.6 + 1.4x TC @ 6.51pm

Contrail @ 6.54pm (same location). Both pics are full frame.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Eagle Over the Moon at Kemasik Terengganu - White-bellied Sea-Eagle

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White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)over the moon at Kemasik Terengganu Malaysia White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) - Juvenile

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)over the moon at Kemasik Terengganu MalaysiaI traveled to Kuala Terengganu (a town at east cost of Penisular Malaysia) yesterday. A round trip of about 900km, visiting my late uncle's family. While resting at one of the mosque in Kemasik, I notice an eagle flew very low. I ran for a camera in a car, and before I could focus up the camera, it soared upward with a breeze.

 White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)over the moon at Kemasik Terengganu Malaysia

Monday, September 22, 2008

After the rain - common backyard birds

Juvenile Common Myna after the rain at backyard in Raub MalaysiaJuvenile Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

Yellow-Vented Bulbul after the rain at backyard in Raub MalaysiaYellow-Vented Bulbul on steel fence

Wet Female Oriental Magpie Robin at Backyard in Raub MalaysiaFemale Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Asian Glossy Starling at Coconut Leaves

Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) at Coconut LeavesAsian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) - another LIFER at my backyard

Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) at My backyard in Raub Malaysia What an exciting week - two LIFER in three day. Actually this "Tiung Emas" is not true lifer as I have seen it at cage somewhere - a popular cage bird for it nice song that can mimic human voice, like parrot. Anyway this is the first time I saw it in natural habitat.

I was waiting for Pond Heron (Ardeola sp) - another early migrant here, to perch at this dead teak tree, when suddenly a flock of five myna perched. I though all that Common Myna or Javan Myna that I see every day. Then I noted unusual yellow colour at the side of the head. I just fire a few shot in the thick morning fog and mist with the flash off. So here are a few poor shot for my record.


Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) at My backyard in Raub MalaysiaThe different between the two species is in the head yellow patch of Hill Myna (left) and Common Myna (right).
The feather is also different with Jet Black for Hill Myna and dark grey for Common Myna.


Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) at My backyard in Raub Malaysia Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Local name Tiong Emas
Size (cm) 30
Habitat Forests, forest edge, wooded areas

Friday, September 19, 2008

Skywatch Friday - Flood water, my # 3

Flood Water picture taken in December 2007 at Temerloh Pahang Malaysia during monsoon seasonThis picture was taken in December 2007 at Temerloh, Malaysia, during the monsoon season.
The water overflow from Pahang River. The white water in the middle is the river. When I took this pic, the water is a ready receded . You can see marking of maximum water level from the mud at plants on the left.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another visit by vocal bird - Rufous Woodpecker

Rufous WoodpeckerRufous Woodpecker


















This is my second encounter with this vocal woodpecker. Now I got a couple posing for a few minutes, so a better image compare to my first timer here, in July 22nd.

Rufous Woodpecker (Celeus brachyurus)
Local name: Belatok Biji Nangka
Size : 25 cm

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis) - another new species at MyBackyard

Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis) at Moringa Oleifera tree at my backyard at Raub MalaysiaNew bird species is very hard to be found at my backyard now. That last one was Banded Woodpecker that appeared in early Jun this year. This afternoon I noticed something big moving in between the Moringa Oleifera tree leaves. I quickly took the bin, and here my LIFER. Lucky for me that it stayed there a few moment allowing for few record shots.

Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis) at Moringa Oleifera tree at my backyard in Raub MalaysiaGreen-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis)
Local name: Cenuk Besar
Size (cm) 56
Habitat Forests, forest edge, wooded areas

Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis)at Moringa Oleifera tree

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Zebra Dove - Merbuk - Mating Documentation

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Mating Behavior of Zebra Dove - (Geopelia striata) - MerbukI had a chance to witness this Zebra Dove in the mating act, yesterday at 6.39PM.
It was just a fast grabbed shot. I forgot to add the +2 compensation for white back ground, so the image was underexposed. I tried to salvaged it with Adobe Photoshop, heavily croped. This is three frame out of five.

Mating Behavior of Zebra Dove - (Geopelia striata) - Merbuk
Mating Behavior of Zebra Dove - (Geopelia striata) - MerbukScientific name: (Geopelia striata)
Other common name:
Peaceful Dove, Barred Ground Dove,
Merbok/Perkutut/Balam (Malay)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Road-side birds on Sunday

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I had a quick shots of common Roadside birds, while on the way to work today (hey, I work on Sunday!). Scaly-breasted Munia feeding on grass seeds.

Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)resting on the electric cablePacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica), resting on electric cable


Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)on electric cable

Friday, September 12, 2008

SkyWatch Friday - my second participation

Red rim of Clouds at Raub, Malaysia, just before sunset - at ISO 1600. This snap shot was taken by my son - Firdaus from a moving car.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Early Migrant at my Backyard - Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)

Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)at my back yard in Raub MalaysiaI saw three Blue-throated Bee-eater, early morning on August 30. I last saw this species at my backyard in late April this year. It could be early migrant.

Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)at my back yard in Raub MalaysiaWhat a nice catch!
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Common Iora - another my Favourite Bird

Juvenile, Just fledgling Common Iora perched at Mangoesteen branchCommon Iora (Aegithina tiphia ), just fledgling

Juvenile Common Iora perched at Mango branchCommon Iora - juvenile, perches at Mango branch.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Common Backyard Birds and Dragonfly

Female Magpie Robin at My Backyard in Raub MalaysiaOriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) ~ Female

White-breated Waterhen at my backyard in Raub MalaysiaWhite-breasted Waterhen (Amourornis phoenicurus)

a couple of White-breasted Waterhen at Raub Malaysiaa couple

Red DragonflyDragonfly - Orthetrum testaceum

Friday, September 5, 2008

Gold-whiskered Barbet - My Favourite Bird at Favourite Perch

Gold-whiskered Barbet - My Favourite Bird at Favourite PerchI have said in my previous posting, that there will be no birding during this fasting month.

If the bird came to you, how can you resist not to grab the camera and fire a few shots.

This is my favorite bird (apart from Iora), perched at the usual dead teak tree while I was waiting to break the fast.

Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Birds Photography on Merdeka Day

I did a bird photography alone at a hill along the 'Jalan Rumah Pegawai Daerah' - a road that lead to officer residence of Raub's District Officer. The parade and Merdeka celebration was at the field below it. So I did the birding while listening to the patriotic songs!.

There is a big fruiting tree just out side the Magistrate Court, so all this pictures were taken around that tree.

This my LIFER - a small Cuckoo- not sure of species.
I notice the yellow-eye ring is the characteristic.
? Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus)(Female)
? Rusty-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis sepulcralis) - juvenile.

I will confirm the ID later
No birding for me during Ramadan (fasting month),
until next posting, enjoy this pictures!



Another LIFER

Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)
Local name Punai Daun
Size (cm) 27









Selamat menyambut Ramadan Al-Mubarak


This a fruits that attract birds. Finally I got the name of this fruits -Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
and here is an adult Asian Glossy Starling.
The red coloured fruits was enhanced (20% increased saturation with Adobe PhotoShop CS2).




and here is a common Yellow-vented Bulbul.










the same bird,







another view













Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)









Plaintain squirel with white fruits.











the green figs













Adult Asian Glosy Starling feeding the chick.











Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Local name Perling Mata Merah
Size (cm) 20
Habitat Parks, wooded areas










and the juvenile









I caught this
Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon)
in courting ritual.

The same event as Coppersmith Barbet that I documented previously.
The male will offer a food to female before the act.


















This is a yellow fruits that the barbets eat















the barbets flew off before I could document their action!