31 January 2010

Rufous-browed Flycatcher

Bird photography this morning at Fraser's Hill, with Penang and Shah Alam Gang [Choo Tse Chien, Nelson Khor, Ng Kiah Hwa (Hawkeyes) and Lim Kam Su (Makus)].
Thank you guys for showing me this LIFER.

Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula solitaria)
Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula solitaria)

Rufous-browed Flycatcher
Location: Telekom Lop, Fraser's Hill, Malaysia.

Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula solitaria)

Here a photographers waiting for the bird to perch. Pic by Tse Chien.

Bird Photographer

from left: Tabib, Makus, Nelson, Chien and Kiah.

Bird photographer at Telecom Lop Fraser's Hill


29 January 2010

SkyWatch Friday at Bukit Tinggi

Click the Logo below for more SkyWatch pictures from all over the world.
Sky Watch Logo

I photographed this from quite a distance, so can't confirm the true ID of this Flycatcher.
It could be a Dark-sided Flycatcher or Brown-streaked Flycatcher.

Asian Brown or Darksided Flycatcher

I have no problem identifying this Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius).
This smallest bird of prey posed on dead tree high-up at Japanese Garden, waiting for it's meal.


another Flycatcher


28 January 2010

Tiger of High Hill

Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus)

Tiger Shrike

27 January 2010

Last two LIFER at Bukit Tinggi

This are last two lifer from Bukit Tinggi.
Naturally I'm not satisfied with this kind of pictures, nevertheless lifer is a lifer and I can recognized it for a record.
I miss two common birds there, Large Woodshrike and Blyth's Hawk Eagle. Well there is always a next visit.
In total I add five lifer that Sunday:-
1. Artic Warbler, 2. Ashy Bulbul, 3. Red-billed Malkoha, and this

4.Scaly-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus squamatus webberi) - Merbah Bersisik.

Scaly-breasted Bulbul

5. Ochraceous Bulbul (Alophoixus ochraceus sacculatus) - Bearded Bulbul -Merbah Berjanggut.

Ochraceous Bulbul

26 January 2010

Black-crested Bulbul

There are 8 subspecies in this Pycnonotus melanicterus, and this 'caecilii' race can be found at extreme South Myanmar (South Tenasserim), South East & South West Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus)
Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus caecilii)

Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus)

Have a look for more bird pictures at the Bird Photography Weekly @ Birdfreak.

24 January 2010

Silver-breasted Broadbill

I should rotate the camera to a vertical position to prevent this clip tail.

Silver-breasted Broadbill

Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus rothschildi) - male

Silver-breasted Broadbill

Silver-breasted Broadbill


Except for Dusky Broadbill, they are brightly coloured birds with large broad bill and wide gape.
The Malaysia Peninsula has seven species, and I only see three so far:-

1. Silver-breasted Broadbill, 2. Dusky Broadbill ,3. Black-and-red Broadbill

four more to go;
4. Banded Broadbill, 5. Black-and-yellow Broadbill, 6. Green Broadbill and 7. Long-tailed Broadbill

Silver-breasted Broadbill

23 January 2010

LIFER at Bukit Tinggi - Artic Warbler

Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis)

Artic Warbler

22 January 2010

Orange-Headed Thrush - repeat shot

I am not very satisfied with the image quality of Orange-Headed Thrust that I photographed last Sunday (17/01/2010. So, I went again to Bukit Tinggi for a redo.
Initially I was worried finding the gardeners was replanting the new flowers at exact place that we photographed this bird on Sunday. The old bamboo perch was gone.

Bukit Tinggi
I went to Japanese garden looking for Silver-breasted Broadbill and returned to OHT site after one hour. There he was walking up and down under the shade of Rhododendron plant, oblivious to presence of gardeners working and chatting nearby.

No bird photographer with big lenses. Only one Chinese couple and a Malay family from Seremban (who also into birding but his Nikon with Sigma lens was not functioning). I had this beautiful bird for my self.
Now no more burnout wing. I ended the session at 11.30am, arrived home in time for Friday prayer.
Zoothera citrina innotata - male

Orange-Headed Thrush - redo photography
This two images are full frame, no crop.

Orange-Headed Thrush - redo photography
I don't know what happened to the patch of feather at (L) upper breast. Could this a molting process?, or the bird pecked his skin to get rid of mite?. Could this a disease or diet unbalance, due to eating the same worm from the shop? .
The picture below shows the 'wound' healed after some medication from Photofiltre Clinic.

Orange-Headed Thrush - Wound healed

This one crop for vertical presentation.

Orange-Headed Thrush - redo photography

SkyWatch at Bukit Tinggi- Ashy Bulbul

Not a colourful as yesterday bird, but this is my lifer and I am very happy with this record shot.

Ashy Bulbul (Hemixos flavala)

Ashy Bulbul (Hemixos flavala)

Ashy Bulbul

Click the Logo below for more SkyWatch pictures from all over the world.
Sky Watch Logo

21 January 2010

Verditer Flycatcher

This is not my lifer, but a better shoots compare to my lousy butt shot in march last year.

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina)

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina)

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina)

20 January 2010

LIFER at Bukit Tinggi - Red-billed Malkoha

Red-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus javanicus)
Red-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus javanicus)

Red-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus javanicus)

19 January 2010

Bukit Tinggi 17 January 2010

Click the above LOGO for more participation from all over the world.
Panoramic view of a Japanese Garden in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang. The is the main birding area,where the constant lighting at a flower nursery attract insects and birds. (Picture credit to Choo Tse Chien)

Panorma view at Japanese Garden - Bukit Tinggi, Pahang
I was with more than 20 bird photographers from Malaysia and Singapore at Bukit Tinggi, Pahang on Sunday.
This beautiful bird was the main attraction.
Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina) - male
Full frame shot with 400mm + 1.4TC at ISO 1600. Just edited with a bit of sharpening and resize with Photoshop CS2.
Upper part of the wing was over exposed due to spot of sunlight shining through the leaves.
Still not master the exposure technique. This is an excuse for another visit to this highland. ;)

Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina)
This one was edited with +20 saturation

Orange-Headed Thrush at Bukit Tinggi, Pahang
This picture below was edited with Photofiltre with reviving colour and noise reduction with Noiseware community edition ver 2.6

Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina)
Here a few photographers with bazookas, waiting for that orange bird to land. Not in the forest, but on the main road with so many tourists.

Photographers waiting for bird
Picture above with my Nokia N79 and below by Choo Tse Chien with iPhone 3GS .

Bird Photographer at Bukit Tinggi, Pahang
Jimmy Tan, Sreedharan, Wong, TS Chien, yours truly and two photog that I can't remember their name.


Orange-Headed Thrush - Wound healed
Here a redo picture, taken 5 days later with better lighting.
Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina)
This was taken last year - 2009:02:27
Click the above LOGO for more participation from all over the world.