31 May 2010

Murai in B&W

JUVenile Oriental Magpie Robin in Black and white
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

30 May 2010

The Juvenile Magpie Robin in training

Anak Murai
Young bird needs time to survive the harsh wildlife world.
This juvenile Oriental Magpie Robin is still been feed by both parent. While waiting for her mother, I notice this antic actions.

Lifting the dry leaf to sharpen her hunting skill.

Lifting the dry leaf to sharpen her hunting skill

Juvenile Magpie Robin in Training

Biting a love grass

Juvenile Magpie Robin in Training
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

29 May 2010

Forgoten Lifer - Golden Babbler

This poor quality record shot was my lifer of Fraser's Hill that I found 3 weeks ago.
The picture is so grainy and I overlook it. Lucky that I didn't delete it as I usually did with poor quality pic.

Golden Babbler (Stachyris chrysaea)
Golden BabblerLocal name: Rimba Emas
Location: Telekom Loop, Fraser's Hill, Pahang.

28 May 2010

The Grey Bird - Javan Cuckoo-Shrike

Another grey bird and grey sky from Fraser's Hill.
Further info of The Grey bird

Javan Cuckoo-Shrike (Coracina javensis)

Javan Cuckoo-Shrike (Coracina javensis),  Location: Jelai Resort, Fraser's Hill

Javan Cuckoo-Shrike

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27 May 2010

Who am I?

Tailor Bird
Okey, here are some clues - I live at a garden / backyard and I can make nice nest.
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26 May 2010


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Bee Colony

Apis spp. probably Apis florea.
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

25 May 2010

Drongo - Greater, Bronzed or Lesser Racquet-tailed

To ID Drongos species, the easiest is to look at its tail.
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo have two long distinctive tail rackets. It absent or shorter in Lesser species
To differentiate it from Black Drongo, Bronze or Ashy species you have to look carefully at the feather colour and a beak.

Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer) in glossed metallic blue, at Fraser's Hill @ Jelai Resort
Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo

Drongo Lesser Racquet-tailed

Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Drongo -Greater Racquet-tailed

23 May 2010

Verditer Flycatcher with and without Flash

Flash is essential accessories in bird photography, especially in a dark canopy tropical forest like Malaysia. Better beamer or flash extender frequently uses to enhance the reach of the flash with a telephoto lens. How much flash output (+ or -) to use is an art you have to learn. Different bird plumage reacts differently. The default setting of my flash is at -1 and I manually adjust according to the distance of the bird and background lighting.
The most common evidence of flash on a bird is a red-eye or silver-eyes effect. The further the bird from camera the more noticeable the effect. We can minimize this with flash bracket that shift the flash from the centre of the lens.

Verditer Flycatcher with Flash

The Verditer Flycatcher above perched at electric cable about 20 feet from me. With the flash at minus 1 setting, the neck and breast colour are almost get burned out.
Canon 50D firing in fast continuous shooting at 6 fps, the flash can't keep up, so I have a flash and unflash pictures. With that, we can compare which one is the true plumage of the bird.
In this case the unflash is the true colour of this male Verditer Flycatcher.

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina)

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina)
Location: Jelai Resort, Fraser's Hill, Pahang.

21 May 2010

Birds and Sky at Fraser's Hill

Fraser's Hill is not famous for its spectacular sky, but with beautiful birds and cold weather.
Here are a few common birds I photographed 2 weeks ago.

Greater Yellownape Woodpecker (Picus flanvinucha)

Woodpecker at Fraser's Hill

Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)

Grey-chin Minivet Male

Silver-eared Mesia

silver-eared mesia at a electric wire

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This is Emblem or Mascot of Fraser's Hill, Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris).

Silver-eared Mesia

20 May 2010

White-thighed Surili

Fraser's Hill permanent resident

White-thighed Surili (Presbytis siamensis siamensis)
- juvenile
White-thighed Surili

19 May 2010

Hornbill at my backyard

It has been more than two years that this big and noisy black & white bird visited my backyard. Yesterday morning I heard that familiar 'keng-keng-keng' sound at 7.00am not far from the back perimeter fence. She was busy poking and eating the ripe papaya.

Low morning light - at ISO 3200, speed 1/20 sec, f5.6 , manual focus.

Pied Hornbill - my backyard 2010

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Pied Horn bill at Papaya tree

My first encounter with this big bird was in June 2007, but the quality of the picture was very poor - like this.
I upgraded my lens to Canon prime 400mm in November 2007, and these are my first shot of hornbill with 400mm lens - 12/11/ 2007 @3.50pm

Pied Hornbill - my first shot with 400mm

Perched at banana friuits, Original Date/Time = 1/12/2007 @ 18:32:11

Pied Hornbill - my backyard 2007

Original Date/Time = 13/1/2008 at 07:44:06, with 400mm lens

Pied Hornbill - my backyard 2008
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

18 May 2010

Summertime - Oriental Magpie Robin sunbathing

My home town Raub is at 3º 47' north to equatorial with hot a tropical climate, so summer is almost all year round.

This Juvenile Magpie Robin was found spreading its wings and tail feathers at 2.26pm hot 35ºc afternoon sun. It stays there for about 2 minutes, oblivious of my camera.

Why bird sunbathing?. Ornithologist have their theories ;
1. Feather maintenance - helping dislodge feather parasites - eg. fleas, lice, ticks.
2. To reduces the amount of metabolic energy to maintain a constant body temperature of around 40ºC.
3. Ultra-violet in sunlight involves in vitamin D conversion.
4. or just a feels good factor.

Juvenile Magpie Robin sunbathes. The temperature was so hot that it is seen here panting with open bill.

Murai Sunbathing
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.
1. EcoBirds
2. Secret life of common bird. link here

16 May 2010

Large Niltava at Hemmant trail

I found a pair of this species on the Hemmant trail at Fraser's Hill. This time without the aid of MP3 song. Surprisingly a male was very confiding and obliged to be photographed. The female flew off with this only one dissent picture.

Large Niltava (Niltava grandis decipiens ) ; Local name: Sambar Kubung Padi

Female Large Niltava (Niltava grandis)

female (above)
male (below)

Large Niltava - Male (Niltava grandis)

Large Niltava Male
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EDIT (update: 18/3/2011) - compare to Blue and White Flycatcher here:-

15 May 2010

Black Bird - Black-and-crimson Oriole

Photographed this blackbird at Fraser's Hill @ Mager Road not far from gate house, while waiting for green light at 12.00 noon.
I have problem to ID this. Finally found it at Dig deep blog.

Immature male Black-and-crimson Oriole (Oriolus cruentus)

Juvenile Black-and-crimson Oriole

Compare with adult bird that have a crimson stripe at the chest here.
Picture from Choo Tse Chien PBase site. Used with permission.

Black Oriole
Location: Fraser's Hill @ Mager Road

14 May 2010

Greater Yellow Naped Woodpecker (Picus flavinucha)

Although this woodpecker foraged near the bamboo tree, it is NOT Bamboo Woodpecker.
ID = Greater Yellownape (Picus flanvinucha). Photographed at Telecom loop, setting +2EV compensation without flash.
Sorry for no beautiful clouds or blue sky, but still happy because that yellow wood worker is my lifer.

Belatok Besar Jambul Kuning

Greater Yellownape (Picus flanvinucha)
Location: Telekom loop, Fraser's Hill, Pahang.
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13 May 2010

Squirrel from Himalaya

I have never been to Nepal or Himalaya, but one squirrel somehow escaped to Malaysia. ;)
Photographed this cute squirrel at Fraser's Hill, near Jelai Resort.

Himalayan Striped Squirrel (Tamiops macclellandi)

Himalayan Striped Squirrel (Tamiops macclellandi)

Himalayan Striped Squirrel (Tamiops macclellandi)

11 May 2010

The thing that I hate about bird - Bird Dropping

I love birds and like to photograph it, but I hate their dropping, especially when it hit my car.
Bird feces contain uric acid and ammonia that can eat through the paint and cause permanent damage to car's paintwork.

Bird dropping from pigeon may contain Cryptococcus neoformans , a fungus that causes infection in people with compromise immune system.

Bulbul at Car's Wiper
I parked my car in the roofed garage, but this Yellow-vented Bulbul was attracted to the car's mirror and perched at windscreen wiper. In the process it left a few dropping on the bonnet.

Bird shit
I have to wash the shit regularly before it hardened and set in to ruin the paint.

Bird droppig at my car

I don't mind if they did it somewhere else like this ;)

Bulbul defecate!

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09 May 2010

Grey-chinned Minivet at Giant Fern

Local name: Burung Matahari Gunung , literally mean 'Mountain Sun Bird'
There are 13 species in the genues Pericrocotus, and this solaris species mean solar = sun = matahari

Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris) at Giant/King Fern (Angiopteris evecta)
Female Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)

female (above) and male (below)

Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)

07 May 2010

Birding at Fraser's Hill during 'Hari Hol' - Pahang Holiday

Today is a holiday for my Pahang state, so I close shop and went for half day birding at Fraser's Hill - my first time this year.
Saw and shoots the usual common birds, no lifer this time. One lifer (the yellow-naped woodpecker).
Birds are busy nesting and attending to their chicks. Here are a few samples.
Too tired to process the other RAW files.

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina)

Verditer Flycatcher

Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)

Silver-eared Mesia

Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

Mountain Fulveta