27 June 2010

Pipit Pinang

Kenapa orang melayu kata Pipit PINANG?.
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

eating the Brachiaria grass seeds (Urochloa subquadripara)
Pipit Pinang
Pipit PinangUPDATE: (29/6/10)
Kenapa orang melayu kata Pipit PINANG?. (Why the Malay called this bird 'Pipit Pinang'?)
Look at the picture of 'Buah Pinang' below. If you cut the nut in half, it will show the marbled interior (ruminate endosperm), dark brown lines alternating with opal-white portions.
Almost the same colours /pattern with brown-white scaly at the breast of this Munia.
Buah Pihang -Areca Nuts (Areca catechu)Buah Pinang - Areca Nuts (Areca catechu)
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

26 June 2010

Red versus Yellow

No new bird pictures to post, so I rerun the pictures of old Black-nape Oriole and Scarlet-rumped Trogon after watching Brazil VS Portugal goalless draw last night.

Gilberto Silva VS Cristiano Ronaldo
Gilberto Silva VS Cristiano Ronaldo - Getty Images By: Steve Haag.

Black-naped Oriole at Papaya tree

Scarlet-rumped Trogon Male

Location: South Africa, My backyard and Bukit Renggit Lancang

25 June 2010

Au revoir Les Bleus - Ciao Azzurri

The Blue Birds here are infected with the virus of FIFA World cup 2010 from South Africa. ;) ;)
Both France and Italy are eliminated from the tournament.

Large Niltava (Niltava grandis decipiens )
Fraser's Hill birds - Large Niltava (leaping from branch above) and Verditer Flycatcher (sad looking below).

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina)

Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo
Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo at Bamboo tree.
Location: Jelai Resort and Hermant Trail, Fraser's Hill, Pahang.
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24 June 2010

I and the Bird #128

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Click the above Logo for the latest edition of I and the Bird hosted by Bird Ecology Study Group.
(my posting about the recent Fraser's Hill International Bird Race was feature there).

Atuk, Gagak dan Perkahwinan - Crow, Grandpa and Wedding

Pengantinakad nikah (marriage contract) ceremonyI went to my brother in law's wedding at Kg. Sawah Sempadan last Saturday.

While waiting for this event, I had a few minutes to explore the area and got this Crow.

Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) - Location: Kampung Sawah Sempadan, Kuala Selangor.


Atuk (Homo sapiens sapiens) ;) - waiting for Asar prayer outside the mosque.
Atuk at Sawah Sempadan's Mosque


I'm not good in an event or portrait
Wan Nursuhada was willing to pose while I tested my flash setting at the Sawah Sempadan Mosque.

The girl on the right was photographed at the bride's house.

21 June 2010

Burung Layang-layang - Glossy Swiftlet at my porch

This Glossy Swiftlet couple roosting on my front porch for the past one week. If not for the stains of drooping at my shoes, sure I didn't notice it up there. They start to cling their small short legs onto the vertical wall at 7.15pm and out and about by 6.30am.
I notice they are in the process of building a nest. I'm in a dilemma now, whether to let the swiftlet continue their activity (and have a photography session) or destroy the early nest because of waste /pollution.
My wife grumbling having to wash the garage every day. She told me to get that shit away!.
I have to find the solution fast.
Glossy Swiftlet Nest
Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)
Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)
Shiny blue-black -Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta cyanoptila) -
There are 32 subspecies and cyanoptila Oberholser, 1906 - distribute at Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and lowland Borneo.

19 June 2010

Race Day at Fraser's Hill

Today is day one of Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2010. Race starts at 12.30pm and end 12.30pm tomorrow.
Here are some of the remaining pictures that I photographed during King's birthday holiday.
To know the bird's name - right click > Properties. ;)

Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)
Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer)
Mountain Bulbul (Hypsipetes mcclellandii)
Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus)
White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)
Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula solitaria)
Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)

Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)

Large Niltava (Niltava grandis) FemaleLocation: Jelai Resort, Fraser's Hill, Pahang.

15 June 2010

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2010

Fraser's Hill Development Corporation's LOGOFraser's Hill International Bird Race LOGOPertandingan Mengenal Burung Antarabangsa 2010
Date: 19 to 20 June 2010
For more info -->here

Fraser's Hill Bird race 2010 posterFraser's HillBird Race 2010The poster features two birds here, Silver-breasted Broadbill and Silver-eared Mesia.
Both are highland birds.
That Mesia is more common at Fraser's Hill compare to the broadbill.

For the past two years, I had been there as an observer (not participate in the race).
This year I may not be able to attend because of other commitment.

This Silver-breasted Broadbill is more common at Bukit Tinggi. Photographed two years ago .
Silver-breasted Broadbill

Fraser's Hill Emblem - Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris tahanensis) .

Silver-eared Mesia

13 June 2010

Abandoned Bee nest

I don't know why this nest was suddenly abandoned.

Abandones Bee Nest
Two worker bee still attending to the nest. Where the rest of the gang gone?
Apis andreniformis

Abandones Bee Nest
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

11 June 2010

Danau Toba

These two pictures were captured by my wife and son (Firdaus) during their travel to North Sumatra, Indonesia recently.

Lake Toba - Danau Tova

Lake Toba, Sumatra Indonesia
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09 June 2010

Unknown ID Lifer at Fraser's Hill

Very fast email reply from Ronald Orenstein a wandering Naturalist from Canada that identified this as White-browed Shrike-Babbler - Female (Pteruthius flaviscapis). Thank you!.
"which is incidentally neither a shrike nor a babbler but, probably, a member of the New World vireo family (Vireonidae)".

This unidentified bird perched very high at Telecom Loop @ Fraser's Hill.
Still clueless after four days searching for ID. The above picture was edited with Photoshop - the branches clone out and slight increased in green saturation.
Anyone can help me?

ID by Ronald Orenstein - White-browed Shrike-Babbler Female  (Pteruthius flaviscapis)
Pteruthius flaviscapis cameranoi - subspecies in Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.

The picture below has been just cropped and resized. Click for bigger pics.
Female White-browed Shrike-BabblerLocation: Telekom Loop, Fraser's Hill, Pahang.

06 June 2010

Agong's Birthday Holiday - birding at Fraser's Hill

Went up to Fraser's Hill during Agong's (King's) Birthday Holiday yesterday.
Here are a few common birds. No lifer - spotted one lifer, but didn't know the ID.

Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

Mountain Fulveta

Mountain Fantail - White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)

Mountain Fantail

Mountain Bulbul (Hypsipetes mcclellandii)

Mountain Bulbul

Mountain BulbulLocation: Jelai Resort and Hermant Trail, Fraser's Hill, Pahang.

03 June 2010

Birding at Kolej Matrikulasi Pahang

I brought along my camera and telephoto lens when I visited my daughter at Pahang Matriculation College recently.

Matrikulasi Pahang - Gambang Kuantan

While waiting at the back-lane of the Seri Pekan Hostel, I got the opportunity to photograph this common bird.

Common Myna at lamp post
Common Myna perched comfortably at the lamp post

Juvenile Starling
This Juvenile Asian Glossy Starling perched very high on top of the hostel's roof.
My son warned me not to aim my long telephoto at the hostel. "You look like a paparazzi trying to sneak on girls!"

Asian Glossy Starling - adult
Adult Starling watching far down below.

Erasian Tree Sparrow - Paser Montanus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow basks in evening sun.

and finally one paparazzi shot!

Give me that handphone!