31 July 2009

Watch the Sky for the Money!

Dollarbird at Kemensah

Dollarbird - silver blue coin-shaped spots on its wings

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I am happy to report that the sky over Raub is much better with clear blue sky this week.
The above picture is Raub Magistrate Court building. Let's hope the weather will continue to get better and no more open burning.

30 July 2009

Bald Eagle Battle

"Bald Eagle Battle "
 Image copyright: Rob Palmer
(Image posted with permission from Rob Palmer)

I will stop blogging if I can take bird pictures like this.

Hill Myna at Kemensah - Tiong Emas

Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) - Tiong Emas
Heavily edited image with Adobe Photoshop. This bird perched very high up at a dead tree like madibider images here.

28 July 2009

Zebra Dove -fledgling & adult - Merbuk

Fledgling Zebra Dove - Merbuk
I saw this Dove on the road while I drove my car slowly in one of gravel road at the Raub Golf Course. The bird flew into the fern bush at the roadside. It stayed there for a few second, enough for me to fire a few framed. Only later at home that I realized that this is the fledgling, its right wing stuck to the fern leaves. Look at the face, so much different from an adult.
This image was taken from the car using my DIY bean bag.

Adult Zebra Dove, Merbuk
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

27 July 2009

Birding at Madibirder Backyard

Thanks to Madibirder and brothers for showing me their backyard - Kemensah - Ulu Klang.

Blue-Eared KingfisherBlue-Eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) - Pekaka Bintik-bintik
Blue-Eared KingfisherDollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) - Tiung Batu
Dollar BirdLarge Wood-shrike (Tephrodornis gularis) -
Wood ShrikeBanded Yellownaped Woodpecker (Picus miniaceus) - Belatuk Merah
WoodpeckerBlack-winged Flycatcher-Shrike (Hempius hirundinaceus)
ShrikeBlack-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps) - Merbah Siam
Black-headed Bulbul

26 July 2009

Little Blue Diamond of Kemensah - Blue-eared Kingfisher

This Blue Diamond is dedicated to my friend Yen (who can't attend the birding trip with us today) ;-)

Blue-Eared KingFisher

Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting)

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25 July 2009

Anak Merbah Kapur - Bulbul Nesting at Jalan Bukit

I am surprised to find this Yellow-vented Bulbul right in the middle of busy Jalan Bukit at Raub here. Somehow this nest survived the trimming of the tree by gardener a few weeks ago. The gardener trimmed the tree just at the upper rim of the nest, exposing the nest. Luckily the tree is quite tall (about five feet high), so not easily seen by passersby.

Bulbul Nesting TreeBulbul Nesting Tree

The row of trees shrub at Jalan Bukit, near the Tabung Haji Building.

Bulbul Nesting
I took this pictures at 2.30pm. The mother has to sit in the nest to protect the chick from the hot sun. Look at mother's gaping mouth, to regulate her temperature.
The two pictures below were taken by a handphone camera at 9.00am. The nest was exposed with no protection at all. The gardener chopped off the tree just 2 inches from the nest's rim.
Anak Merbah Yellow-vented Bulbul chickOnly one chick, there is one unhatched egg.

Mummy!,Mummy!... I'm hungry!
Anak Merbah Yellow-vented Bulbul chick
These two images below, are the last that I saw it on 27/7/09. The feathers are already developed

This egg was that remain when I visited on 28/7/09. One big question remains.
Did the chick fledge or some naughty person take the chick away?.
For the next few days, I try to look for the fledgling, but nothing.
I think the chick fledged and now happily live ever after!

24 July 2009

SkyWatch Friday at my birding spot

Sky Watch LogoThe weather is not so good, haze for the last few weeks, so sorry for no blue sky here.
Female SunBird
Sunbird landing on fruiting tree
Raub's Golf Club
"Please replace divots" at the Raub Golf Course

? Baya Waever
Baya Weaver diving from Bamboo tree

One of few surviving Baya Waever's nests
Baya Waever Nest

I can't resist posting this non-sky watch and not-a-bird photo here. ;)
Golfer taking a swing
Nice swing!, can you spot the golf ball?
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