30 November 2008

Two New Bulbul

LIFER at Temerloh
 Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
 Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
 Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni) Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)
 Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)
Edit: ID correction from Smathi Chong: this is not Bulbul but a Babbler
"Striped Tit-Babbler (Macronous gularis), also previously known as Striped-throated Tit-Babbler".

29 November 2008

Birds of Temerloh

These are the other birds (not lifer) that I found at Temerloh last Sunday.

Black-thighed FalconetBlack-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius)

Greater Racquet-tailed DrongoGreater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

Ashy TailorbirdAshy Tailorbird (Orthotomus sepium)

Blue-throated Bee-eaterBlue-throated Bee-eater

Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)

Blue-throated Bee-eater

28 November 2008

Friday Birds - Banana feast

Gold-whiskered  Barbet eating bananaGold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon)
Gold-whiskered  Barbet eating bananaGold-whiskered  Barbet eating banana

Black-Naped Oriole eating BananaBlack-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Black-Naped Oriole eating Banana

Late Evening at Backyard - SkyWatch Friday my # 10

We don't have autumn here in Malaysia, but evening light at 6:48 pm turn the green leaves into autumn colour.

Evening Light
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27 November 2008

Pink-necked Green Pigeon - Punai Gading

LIFER # 3, while birding at Temerloh on Sunday.
Local name: Punai Gading
 Pink-necked Green Pigeon Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) - male

with Asian Glossy Starling and Yellow-vented Bulbul

Pink-necked Green PigeonMale and Female (above)

There are 17 pigeon species in Malaysia and I only seen three so far;
1) Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax) - Punai Siul
2) Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra) - Punai Daun
3) Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) - Punai Gading

BTW, "Punai" = "kote" mean male genitalia in Malay! ;-)

26 November 2008

Burung Kambing - Black Magpie

LIFER # 2, birding at Temerloh on Sunday.
When I saw this black bird, my first reaction was - this a Crow. I clicked a few shots when it perched, but the loud call "keh-eh-eh-eh" was not like a crow.
With reference book, I managed to ID this bird:
Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus), Local name Burung Kambing (literally mean Goat Bird). The whole body is black in colour with the distinct white band along the wing. The red eyes are also diagnostic.
Burung Kambing - Black Magpie at TemerlohHeavily edited version

 Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus)Burung KambingNon edited version

Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus)
Local name: Burung Kambing, aka Burung Temenggang
Size (cm) 41
Habitat: Forests
Distribution Peninsular Malaysia: Resident (Totally Protected)
Sarawak: Resident
Sabah: Resident (Protected)
Status: Near threatened

25 November 2008

Ciak Tempua - Baya Weaver - Birding at Temerloh

This is one of three LIFER that I found on Sunday while birding at Temerloh.
I heard a lot of story about this great architect, but never seen it until Sunday.
Dull dark brownbird foraging at the small leafless tree. Only when I viewed at camera LCD later at home, than I realized that I found a Baya Weaver.
I did not see any male species or nest in this trip. The next visit is under planning.

Ciak TempuaBaya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) - female
Ciak TempuaBaya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Burung Tempua burung Kenari
Terbang tinggi tanpa jemu
Puas sudah aku mencari
Baru kini dapat bertemu

Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Local name; Burung Tempua, aka Ciak Tempua
Size (cm) 15

24 November 2008

Wild Flowers ~ Devil's Cotton Flowers

Common name ; Devil's cotton (Abroma augusta) - Flower's ID with Dr YC Wee help.

Devil's cotton
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23 November 2008

Wet Bird - Gold-whiskered Barbet

Catch this Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon) after the rain

Gold-whiskered BarbetGold-whiskered Barbetsame bird with different exposure setup.
(The left picture is on manual exposure and the right with aperture priority +2 compensation.)

22 November 2008

Yellow Bird ~ take off

Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Black-naped Oriole

21 November 2008

Birding and Fishing spot - SkyWatch Friday -my # 9

This small pond is my new birding spot.
The water is crystal clear and there are lots of small fish and common garden birds.

Fishing Pond Kolam Ikan
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20 November 2008

BirdLife International Link

BirdLife International accepted my Blog as a new entry in Bird Pictures web site list at Malaysia section of their website.
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19 November 2008

Merbah Siam, Black-headed Bulbul ~ Feeding

Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)

Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)Merbah Siam at RaubFeeds on small fruit and berries, but will also take insects.
Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)Merbah Siam

18 November 2008

Sepah Puteri Pelangi ~ Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker

Lifer # 2, Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus).
This small beautiful flowerpecker was photographed while birding for one hour on Sunday
Local name Sepah Puteri Pelangi, small size (10cm)
Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus)Sepah Puteri PelangiThere are 12 species of Flowerpecker in Malaysia, and I only managed to record four.
1. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
2. Yellow-Breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus maculatus)
3. Yellow-vented Flowerpecker (Dicaeum chrysorrheum)
4. Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus)


17 November 2008

Wild Flowers for Today's Flowers

I don't know the species name of this flower. It was found at the edge of lake from the tall wild grass, look like young paddy stalk or Pampas grass.

Wild Flowers at RaubEdit (27/12/08), Name: Chloris sp
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16 November 2008

Kedidi Pasir ~ Common Sandpiper

Another LIFER this Sunday.
I found this solitary Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) near the lake at TopRank Camp.

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)Kedidi Pasir at RaubLocal name: Kedidi Pasir, have a habit of moving or bobbing its tail while walking.
Common winter migrant, Small in size = 20cm
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)Kedidi Pasir at Raub

14 November 2008

Rapids at Lata Lembik

Lata Lembik RapidsLocation; about 44 km north-west of Raub, Malaysia

13 November 2008

Where is my Mama ?

Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster)
Kelicap Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigasterKelicap Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster

12 November 2008

Two years old ~ Happy blogoversary!

I didn't relized that I have been blogging for 2 years until Teena in Toronto posted a comment "Happy blogoversary!" yesterday.
My first posting in this blog was on November 11, 2006, about my 'first love' with Amiga 500 Computer, 23 years ago.
This is the screen shot of my posting at the newsgroup 15 years ago, using UUCP text base command line interface, (hypertext and the www was born in 1991)

My early entry in this blog were about family travel, personal rambling, PDA and GPS.
It evolved over time and my hobby changed.
I have changed the tittle of this blog a few time , from; "My Personal & random thoughts" to "GPS, PDA and dSLR Addicts" to "Birds and Digital SLR Passion" to present "Birds and Nature Photography - by Tabib"

This two Magpie Robin pictures were taken at the same metal perch. Notice how much difference after 17 months of birds photography.

Wet Female Oriental Magpie Robin at Backyard in Raub Malaysia22 September 2008
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9 April 2007
My first posting about Bird Photography - 10 April 2007

Feeding on grass seeds

Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)