13 January 2009

That's My World - Rubber Tree , Yellow-vented Bulbul and Weeping Fig


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Birding , Bird and Nature Photography have been a lonely one man show for me most of the time for the past one year. I tracked the quiet unpaved laterite road like this Rubber Plantation access road looking for birds and any interesting subject to shoot.


Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis),Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis),
Rubber tree
Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis).
The rubber tree is tapped early in the morning and
the sap/latex is collected in the small container (plastic bag in this pics) . Coagulated latex is collected the next day ,sell to rubber dealer which then sell it to a rubber factory for end product manufacturing such as glove, tyre ,condom, etc

Yellow-ventel Bulbul feeding


Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goaivier) and Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

Yellow-ventel Bulbul feeding
Benjamin's Fig or Weeping Fig (Malay: Pohon Beringin) can grow very tall (up to 100ft). The drooping branches made a good shade. Planted on the road side and for landscaping.
In old days Malay often associated this big tree with ghosts. If you walk alone underneath it dark shade at night, you never know when the 'ghost' or snatch thief will spring up.
The small ( 0.7-1.5 cm) red-orange coloured fruit are a favorite food of many bird species, like this Bulbul.


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome shots! I don't think I've ever seen a rubber tree. It was very interesting to see how the sap is tapped from the tree.

Anonymous said...

Superb images. What a glorious place to visit. Thanks for showing.

Kathy W said...

LOL Tabib I posted on the wrong photos. I really enjoyed these also. You take great photos! Hope you have a wonderful week. =)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Tabib: What a neat story of the rubber tree with neat photos. I love your bird photo with the red berry.
Take care when linking. Your link took me to an old post. I will fix it. FG My World Team.

Guy D said...

Wow I love the green in those pics, I am very envious. Great shots.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures</a

Ruth said...

Excellent pictures of the birds. I never knew how rubber was tapped. We tap Maple trees in the same way to make Maple syrup here in Canada.

Glennis said...

Wonderful photos of the Bulbul, I saw latex harvesting in Java and I am sure I saw these Bulbuls at the same time.
Wandering down that lane would be rather nice and cool in your hot climate.

Sylvia K said...

Absolutely gorgeous shots. The colors are so brilliant. I don't think I've ever seen a rubber tree either. Thank you for sharing!

Judy said...

Wonderful photos! In Canada, the ficus is sold as a house plant. While it can live many years in a suitable environment, I do not think they ever get big enough to bear fruit.
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Tabib, your bulbul photos eating the figs are perfect. The colours are great, the action is great, and the behaviour is fun. Cool.

Jordan Sitorus said...

Ouch..places where the leeches rules here in Sabah! anyway, Great colors!

Loran said...

What amazing bird pictures. Malaysia looks beautiful.

Jane Hards Photography said...

Beautiful bird and lovely close up images.

Unknown said...

Wonderful photos!!! no birds flying in my area since Friday due to continous rains but I saw a few white color bird with long leg hanging around.

magiceye said...

brilliant post!

Anonymous said...

Tabib, Thank you so much for these pictures of your world! So unlike my world in the US but beautiful! Your photos of the bulbul are exquisite! :) Thank you for commenting on my blog!

SaraG said...

Great photos and post!!
Take care and thanks for sharing your part of the world with us.

antigoni said...

Excellent post and photos.

George said...

Beautiful pictures. I don't think I've seen pictures of rubber tree sap being collected. Thanks.
And thank you for visiting my site.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Nice post. My Northern Mockingbird gets the berries down so fast that if you blink, you miss it. These shots are not easy to get, you you got two!

Jama said...

This is the first time I see someone using plastic bag to collect the rubber sap.

Unknown said...

more than just flora and fauna...you are throwing in natural sciences and bits of folklore too...

great post

Anonymous said...

Ficus Benjamina is a small potted plant in my part of the world and I have never seen it fruit. I didn't know they could get so big given the right conditions. Thanks for sharing

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Tabib

Wonderful views or your world!

Fantastic picutres!

Luiz

Marites said...

awesome pics. it's been a while since i've seen rubber tree sap harvesting. I especially love the bird pics you took - in action!! my world is here