30 April 2011

So little and so near

This small bird (size 12cm) is very tame and go near to minimum focusing distance of my telephoto lens.
Male and female foraging at Jelai Resort parking lot.

Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni).  Male perch on the edge of flower pot
Location: Jelai Resort, Fraser's Hill, Pahang

29 April 2011

White Beetle anyone?

Silver-eared Mesia caught a White Beetle - probably a Melolonthidae beetle

Location: Jelai Resort, Fraser's Hill, Pahang

28 April 2011

Bird feeder at Shahzan Inn Fraser's Hill

Here are a common birds at Shahzan Inn bird feeder.
You can easily see Silver-eared Mesia ,  Long-tailed Sibia and Chestnut-capped Laughing thrush. For Fire-tufted Barbet you need to wait and be patient. It will come down when all other birds left and less crowd.
Bird feeder at Shahzan Inn Fraser's Hill
Fire Tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)
 Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)
Location: Shahzan Inn, Fraser's Hill, Pahang

23 April 2011

Fire-tufted barbet

Fire Tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus) is a common bird at Fraser's Hill, very responsive to call.
Getting a decent and low angle shot is another challenge, unless you are willing to wait patiently at Shahzan  Hotel birds feeder.

Location: Shahzan Inn, Fraser's Hill, Pahang

20 April 2011

Black birds of Fraser's Hill

Actually, they are not all black, but mix of black and other colours
All this was photographed in front of Jelai Resort @ Fraser's Hill.
Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo
Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer)
Local name: Cecawi Gunung - Full frame, but difficult to exposed in light/sky background

Since I didn't get a pretty photograph of Black-and-crimson Oriole (Oriolus cruentus), I just cut & paste from internet for comparison. This was taken from  Robinson & Chasen, Vols 1 - 4 (1927 - 1939)
My record shot version - perched very high up with back lighted.

Location: Jelai Resort, Fraser's Hill, Pahang

18 April 2011

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush -feeding action

Chestnut-capped Laughing thrush (Garrulax mitratus)

Location: Jelai Resort, Fraser's Hill, Pahang

17 April 2011

Photographers at Jelai Resort - Fraser's Hill

Not yet process the birds picture RAW files, too tired...
This is the usual scenery at Jelai Resort on most weekend.  Compare the bazookas with my 400mm lens on the left.  ;)
Location: Jelai Resort, Fraser's Hill, Pahang

Yellow-vented Bulbul in flight

Nothing new. I'm going to Fraser's Hill today and hope to find something new.

Yellow-vented Bulbul in flight
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

14 April 2011

Roosting Blue-throated Bee-eater

Beautiful sight - I was so excited and speechless watching this large flock of Blue-throated Bee-eater swirling and chirping around the Brown Malletwood tree, before landing for roosting. Exactly 5 minutes before magrib.
The same site that I posted in Dec 2009 - HERE

Location: Telekom Store complex, Raub, Pahang.

12 April 2011

Birds at Pokok Petai

Birds at Parkia speciosa tree
☺ at top level - Pond Heron
☺ at mid level/branches - Black-nape Oriole
☺at lower level/trunk - Common Tailorbird
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

10 April 2011

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea).
Master in disguise - stay absolutely motionless with head up, camouflage among a swamp vegetation, but I can still find it ;-).
Local name :   Pucung Serandau
Location: Taman Mutiara I, Raub, Pahang.

08 April 2011

Happy Couple

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

07 April 2011

Magpie Robin in the rain

It is raining this morning. I couldn't go out  for cycling or photograph the bee eater.
So, I just hang around at my garage ,  and I find this Oriental magpie Robin soaking in the rain.
Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.

06 April 2011

Bee Eater at Taman Mutiara Raub

I was cycling around Taman Mutiara yesterday morning when I saw a flock of Bee Eater perched very near the road.  I rush back for my camera. By the time I setup my Betterbeamer and tripod, the flock already left. Only a few perched very high on top of dead tree.
Bee Eater
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
Today I determine to get that bird. I'm not cycling. Set my photography gear and by 7.15am already park my car near the big dead tree. Sure, at 7.20am a flock of about 30 birds perch on that tree, making noise and flying around to catch their breakfast. A few fly low and perch about 15 meter from me, and stay there for a few seconds. That enough for me to shoot a few frames at a very high ISO2500, before the birds fly to their next destination.
Picture UPDATE:
This pictures was further edited with PhotoFiltre (free for private use) and noise reduction with Noiseware Community Edition.

04 April 2011

The last pics from Bukit Tinggi

Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus)
Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus)
Location: Japanese Garden, Bukit Tinggi, Pahang.

03 April 2011

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker - male

Sepah Puteri Merah (Dicaeum cruentatum) - Preening

Location: My backyard, Raub, Pahang.