29 September 2009

Hari Raya Birding at Temerloh -That's MyWorld

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Raya GatheringBefore the Hari Raya gathering above, I made a quick 2 hours birding trip at the back of Sek. Keb. Kampung Tengah, Temerloh. Wake up early and started walking at 7.00am

BusStopThe usual back lane gate that I frequent was closed..
School GateBecause of this new building construction. This two Indonesian workers have to work even on 2nd Raya Holiday.
Construction workersI have to take another route in front of the school, and welcome by this yellow carpet of fallen angsana flowers.
GetahPokok Getah

A short walk later I reached the Rubber Estate with row of rubber trees. Look like nobody taping it for the past few days.

and noticed the water bottle was cut and used as latex collection pot. Good recycling..

My objective of birding that day was met by a close encounter with this beautiful Banded Woodpecker (Picus miniaceus)

Woodpeckerand I was very lucky to witness this natural phenomena - woodpecker mating.
Here, the male jumped on her back...
Shooting Date/Time 22/09/2009 7:26:36am

quickly followed by cloacal contact...
Mating it was all over in less than 8 seconds.
Shooting Date/Time 22/09/2009 7:26:44am

Copulation"Hey!.. You, Peeping Tom, why you are looking at us"
MatingOk, we finished doing it, let make a home for our baby...
Woodpecker at work

and they made their home on dead tree. Both of them take turns digging the hole.
Working together

hard at workafter that woodpecker flew away, I saw this small flock of Black-headed Bulbul(Pycnonotus atriceps) at lifeless tree.

Flock of Black-headed BulbulWhen I tried to have a better look, it flew away.
Bulbul flew awayexcept for this one which keep on singing...
Black-headed Bulbul

On my way back, I noticed this Red Grasshawk Dragonfly- (Neurothemis fluctuans) soaking in the morning sun.
Dragonflyand this Warps (Vespa affinis) was having it breakfast on Straits Rhododendron flowers (Melastoma malabathricum).
Bunga Senuduk
This the track log that I upload from GPS 60SCx to google earth.
and here the elevation profile and distance covered (on the upper part of  the track).

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28 September 2009

Testing ‘After the jump’ summaries in blogger

I just want to test the new features in blogger.
The ‘After the jump’ summaries. Where you write part of article and and the rest after reader click the 'Read more >' logo like the example below

Readmore LogoThis feature is most useful for blogger that write long text articles.
WordPress implemented this for a long time.
I post mostly pictures and rarely more than a few line, so this doesn't apply to me.
Anyway, I just enable this new enhancement in my blog.

Please look what is the one that posted below-

Sunbird and Banana Flowers

Sunbird and Banana Flowers
Anthreptes malaccensis - male and Musa balbisiana - flowers

Wild Pink Flowers - Pokok Pepulut

The pink flower is like a small Hibiscus, in fact it is in the same 'Malvaceae' family.
Wild Pink Flower
Caesar's Weed (Urena lobata) - Local Name: Kelulut, Pepulut
Wild Pink Flower
Urena lobata
That small brown fruit has a little spike that will stick to your cloth if you pass through this plant. So that's why Malay named it 'Pepulut', meaning sticky like a glutinous rice.
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27 September 2009

Show me your tongue please

Show me your tongue, sir
Male Brown-throated Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malaccensis) - male

Female juvenile

26 September 2009

Dragon - Neurothemis fluctuans

Dragonfly - Neurothemis fluctuans

Red Grasshawk - (Neurothemis fluctuans)

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25 September 2009

Iora, Oleifera and Foresta

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Sky at Raub's Forest
Raub's forest, at 9:24am- not a perfect blue sky.
Sky at Raub's Forest
Commmon Iora
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) and Drumstick Tree flowers (Moringa Oleifera)
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24 September 2009

Juvenile Flowerpecker

Juvenile bird is always difficult to ID.
Juvenile Flowerpecker
? Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) - juvenile
Could be:  Orange-bellied Flowerpecker - immature female

EDIT: 14/11/2015 -  Orange-bellied Flowerpecker - immature female
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23 September 2009

Parakeet at Hari Raya - Bayan Nuri

Burung Bayan Nuri
Just back from short raya holiday, and start working today.
Hari Raya Aidil-Fitri never stop me from bird photography. I got this at 10.08am, just after raya prayer at my mother-in law's backyard.
This Long-tailed Parakeet always show-up during Raya holiday (the same species I captured last raya holiday)
Bayan Nuri

Bayan Nuri
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda), female (left) and male (right).

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