30 April 2009

Malkoha at Cenderai Tree

I was walking along a small jungle trail one Sunday morning when a bird flew into the bushes of Cenderai tree (Microcos tomentosa). I stopped and try to find it. It was hard to locate in that thick green-orange leaves. The bird stayed motionless with just the head pop-up and perfectly camouflage inside the tree.

Raffles's Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus)

Raffles's Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) - male
Raffles's Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus)

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29 April 2009

Baya Weaver Courtship Display or Nesting Competition

I photographed this two Baya Weavers few days ago at the usual nesting area - Raub Golf course.
This two birds are female and chasing each other. Could this a female rivalry, due to polygamous male?
Baya Weaver Courtship Baya Weaver Courtship

Baya Weaver CourtshipBaya Weaver Courtship

28 April 2009

Birds Photography at Old Pump House Road - Genting Highland

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I heard a lot about the birding trail at Genting Highland in Malaysia, particularly the Old Pump House trail at GohTong Jaya. I always wanted to go there, but didn't have a time to join the MNS  (Malaysia Nature Society) trip last year. Last weekend my dream come true as I had an opportunity to birding there and guided by my new found blogger friend - Wai Yen. - Thank you Yen!
I supposed to meet Yen at 7.0oam at the Sri Malaysia Hotel at GohTong Jaya, so I woke up at 5.00am then driving all the way up the mountain. Arrived 10 minutes before 7.00 and noticed a lot of activities there and rows of cars with Electcoms logo. Electcoms Jelajah Malaysia (Tour of Malaysia Bicycle Race) - Stage 7 (which end at Genting) competition going to take place in front of that hotel.

Tours of Malaysia Support Cars

The trail is actually a private properties,  a service road for maintenance of a water pump for the Genting Highland Resort. The gate officially only open on Sunday, but we found the gate opened last Saturday. So, we went in following the jogger that frequent the area. Lucky we meet the owner of the pump (I forgot his name), and he happily allowed us to birding there.
This front gate photo is from Uncle Khong's Travel Guide site (used with permission).

Old Pump House Gate

We saw a lot of birds, but only ONE Lifer for us that day.
Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus), size: 28cm
Dusky Broadbill
Dusky BroadbillDusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus)
Dusky Broadbill
Dusky BroadBill

Dusky BroadBillWe miss the Scarlet Rumped Trogon and had a glimpsed of Great Hornbill that make a loud call at a very tall trees.

The photos below are a few birds and non-bird that I found there.
Female MinivetGrey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris) - female above and male below
Male Minivet
Female Minivet
Leaf BirdOrange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii) - male
Leaf MonkeyDusky Leaf Monkey or Spectacled Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)
Wild Orchilds
wild orchid - probably Arundina graminifolia
Wild OrchidsLittle DogsThese two little dogs are guarding the pump house - pretty harmless!
Road at Old Pump HouseThis is the end part of the road to the Old Pump House - Oil tanker just arrived to refill the pump engine. The road is about 3 km one way, so we walked six km carrying more than 7kg of photography gear - that with tinny 400mm (1.25kg) lenses. I don't know how those photographers carrying 500mm (3.9kg) and that 600mm bazooka (5.4kg)
Old Pump House
The legendary Old Pump House.
Old Pump House

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27 April 2009

Flame of the Woods - Ixora

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I found this wild flowers while birding. Jungle Flame (Ixora sp.)
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26 April 2009

Little Egret at Coconut Tree

Little Egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

25 April 2009

Baya Weaver Singing

I did not feel boring watching the Baya Waver building his nest. So, I been going to that site almost everyday. Sometime I got a good pictures, sometime I just watch their behaviour.

Male Baya Weaver singing
Male Baya Weaver singingThis male Baya Weaver singing and dancing by flipping his wings to attract the female to his nest.
Baya Weaver at NestMale Baya Weaver on Nest

Checking the nest and wait for his partner to come...

Female Baya WeaverHere the female BayaWeaver

Baya Weaver male singing
The same singing male that I posted on 16 April

24 April 2009

Chamang Waterfall - SkyWatch Friday

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Hanging bridge at Chamang Waterfall
Hanging Bridge at Chamang Faterfall, near Bentong, Malaysia.
Hanging bridge at Chamang Waterfall
Chamang Waterfall at Bentong
Great flow of water, but there are turbulence and whirlpools. The rocks are too slippery for us to venture at that upper waterfall. Look at that three yellow Danger/Warning markers.
Chamang Waterfall at Bentong
Air Terjun Chamang Bentong
vertical view
Air Terjun Chamang Bentong

23 April 2009

Mountain Imperial Pigeon

Posting another Pigeon and my Lifer, this is one not on the ground, but high-up on the tree at Fraser's Hill. The weather was non favorable for photography - rainy and foggy.

Mountain Imperial Pigeon (Ducula badia)
Mountain Imperial Pigeon (Ducula badia)Mountain Imperial Pigeon (Ducula badia)
Mountain Imperial Pigeon (Ducula badia)