Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 19, 2020

Tawau Hills 6

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Taman Bukit Tawau 6

This is from the last morning at Tawau Hills National Park. I went around the back of the hostel again found a pair of Olive-winged Bulbul. Then I went up the top and found a Wallace’s Hawk-eagle on the wires next to the workers’ cottages.

Wallace's Hawk-eagle
Wallace’s Hawk-eagle (Spizaetus nanus)

Olive-winged Bulbul
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)

Pied Fantail
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Oriental Magpie-Robin
Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis pluto)

This is the common Kalimantan race pluto, which has a black belly but has white on the edge of the tail.

North Borneo Gibbon
North Borneo Gibbon (Hylobates funereus)

Tawau Hills National Park bird list

Wallace’s Hawk-eagle (Spizaetus nanus)
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis pluto)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)

North Borneo Gibbon (Hylobates funereus)

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January 18, 2020

Tawau Hills National Park 5

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Taman Bukit Tawau 5

Another morning out in the jungle. At first I went just behind the hostel and found a couple of new birds. There were bulbuls, sunbirds and a fantail hopping about. Then I had breakfast up at the canteen and headed into the jungle trail. I first went up the tallest tree track until it started to get steep, then I went back and followed the track along the creek halfway to the hot pool.

Olive-winged Bulbul
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)

Plain Sunbird
Plain Sunbird (Anthreptes simplex)

Pied Fantail
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Bornean SpiderHunter
Bornean SpiderHunter (Arachnothera everetti)

Black Hornbill
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)

Crimson Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle ( Spilornis cheela )

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Mouse or rat
Mouse or rat ?

Tawau Hills National Park bird list

Plain Sunbird (Anthreptes simplex)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Bornean SpiderHunter (Arachnothera everetti)
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
Crested Serpent Eagle ( Spilornis cheela )
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

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January 17, 2020

Tawau Hills Four

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Taman Bukit Tawau 4

I cannot even remember where I went this morning. I eventually made it to the track to the hot springs. But most of these photos are from just behind my hostel. I did not have to walk very far.

Horsfield's Babbler
Horsfield’s Babbler (Malacocincla sepiaria)

It was so dark in the jungle that I had to use the flash. I do not like to use it, but I had to.

Spectacled Bulbul
Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythrophthalmos)

The Spectacled Bulbul has an orange eye-ring and an orange spot at the base of the bill.

Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus)

 Purple-naped Sunbird
Purple-naped Sunbird (Hypogramma hypogrammicum)

This is a really bad photo, Record shot only, doh!

Bornean SpiderHunter
Bornean SpiderHunter (Arachnothera everetti)

Bornean SpiderHunter
Bornean SpiderHunter (Arachnothera everetti)

Black Hornbill  - male
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus) – male

Black Hornbill  - female
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus) – female

A female Black Hornbill with the blackish bill and the light spot under the eye.

Common Hill Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

Tawau Hills National Park bird list

Horsfield’s Babbler (Malacocincla sepiaria)
Purple-naped Sunbird (Hypogramma hypogrammicum)
Bornean SpiderHunter (Arachnothera everetti)
Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythrophthalmos)
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus)
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Olive-backed Sunbird
Barn Swallow
Asian Glossy Starling
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)

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January 16, 2020

White Crowned Hornbill

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Taman Bukit Tawau 3

This afternoon, after the rain had stopped, I went for a walk along the river. I crossed the rickety bridge and there was a hornbill on the other side, the one I had photographed yesterday, or was it this morning. Hmm, I think it was this morning, such a long time ago. Then I walked along the fence, hoping to see something but there was nothing. I heard some screeching and caterwauling over on the football field and was stoked to find a White-crowned Hornbill. This was a new one for me.

White-crowned Hornbill - male
White-crowned Hornbill (Aceros comatus)

Big Close-Up. Looks like Ziggy Stardust.

White-crowned Hornbill
White-crowned Hornbill (Aceros comatus)

White-crowned Hornbill
White-crowned Hornbill (Aceros comatus)

In flight, they look magnificent as well.

Rhinoceros Hornbill
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)

This is the almost tame one, he was hanging around the life-guards at the river.

Black Hornbill
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)

Still not a good shot of the Black Hornbill, doh!

Tawau National Park bird list

White-crowned Hornbill (Aceros comatus)
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)

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Taman Bukit Tawau 2

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Tawau Hills National Park 2

16th January, 2020. This morning I got up before 7am and walked around football field to try and find some hornbills. I could hear some but they were good at hiding themselves. After that I crossed the rickety bridge. Then I went to world’s tallest tropical tree, came back and found a nice surprise just behind the entrance gate.

Green Leafbird - female
Green Leafbird – female

This is either a female Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon) or Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati). It seems they are very hard to tell apart. I am going for the Lesser Green Leafbird.

Bornean SpiderHunter
Bornean SpiderHunter (Arachnothera everetti)

In Malay it is called the Kelicap Jantung Bukit.

Red-naped Trogon  - female
Red-naped Trogon (Harpactes kasumba) – female

Rhinoceros Hornbill
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)

This one scared the daylights out of me when it landed on the life guard hut looking over the river. I photographed it for a while, then it flew straight at me. I later found out that it had been rehabilitated at the park and goes around harrassing people. Ha ha , too funny.

Rhinoceros Hornbill
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)

Asian Glossy Starling - adults
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

The Malay for Asian Glossy Starling is Perling Mata Merah. Which means something red eyed. Quite appropriate I think. Much better than the boring english name.

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

Tawau Hills National Park bird list

Bornean SpiderHunter (Arachnothera everetti)
Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon) or Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati) ???
Red-naped Trogon (Harpactes kasumba) – female
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

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January 15, 2020

Sabah Malaysia Day One

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Tawau Hills National Park

I got the boat from Nunukan in Kalimantan yesterday and crossed into Malaysia and Sabah. I spent a night in Tawau and this morning got a grab taxi to the Taman Bukit Tawau. I do not think it is very high here but it is nice and cool and there is plenty of jungle. I have a bed in a hostel and there is a canteen where I can buy some meals. It is a really top spot.

Black Hornbill  - male and female
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus) – male and female

Some Black Hornbills have a grey stripe over the eye and some have white. The male has an all-white bill. The female has a dark bill and red facial skin.

Black Hornbill
Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)

This male Black Hornbill has a white supercilium.

Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Crested Serpent Eagle in flight.
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) in flight.

 squirrel
squirrel

Tawau Hills bird list

Asian Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Oriental Magpie-robin

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January 9, 2020

Makassar to Manado

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Sulawesi Tourist Photos

I took all these photos on my phone. I lost the charger for my point and shoot camera and it has some dust on the chip so I might just chuck it. I have had it nearly ten years and it cost me twenty bucks so I am not too worried about it. I got my money’s worth. So these photos start from Makassar. This girl was at the warung where I was dropped off to catch the mikrolet to Malino. I waited there for more than an hour and she wanted me to take her photo. So I obliged.

Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Girl

I rented a motorbike and rode up into the hills surrounding Rantepao for a few days.

Tana Toraja houses
Tana Toraja houses

I took this shot in Ampana. I had sated chicken one night and took this photo of the boy cooking the meat. It was delicious.

Cooking Sate
Cooking Sate

These were the villagers from the outlying islands coming into town to do some shopping at Wakai.

Villagers' Boat
Villagers’ Boat

This was the fast boat from Salakan going back to Luwuk.

Fast boat to the Banggai Islands
Fast boat to the Banggai Islands

And this is the sleeping arrangements on the slow boat to the Banggai Islands.

Fun on the boat
Fun on the boat

This is Manado harbour and these boats will take out supplies to the big boats heading to the outer islands.

Loading the lighters
Loading the lighters

And this is the boat to Lataud, an island way up north, just near Mindanao in the Philippines.

Boat to Lataud
Boat to Lataud

And one of the mangrove beaches at Bunaken Island, just off Manado.

Bunaken beach
Bunaken beach

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December 31, 2019

Tomohon and Bunaken

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To Bunaken Island

I had a few shots left in the camera from my trip to Lake Tondano, just below Tomohon. There was very little to see on the side of the lake that I rode past. Just lots of weed.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

After five days in Tomohon, I grabbed a shared taxi to Manado and the next day caught the boat to Bunaken Island. The next morning I went for a walk along the track and found some good birds, but nothing spectacular.

Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)

Black-naped Fruit-dove
Black-naped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus melanospilus)

Gray-streaked Flycatcher
Gray-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

White-breasted Woodswallow
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

Asian Glossy Starling  - adult
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) – adult

Asian Glossy Starling  - juvenile
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) – juvenile

Brown-throated Sunbird  - female
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) – female

Sulawesi Utara bird list

Black Kite
Barred Rail
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Olive-backed Sunbird
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Black-naped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus melanospilus)
Gray-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)
Glosssy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)
Slender-billed Crow (Corvus enca)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
Barn Swallow

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December 28, 2019

Makassar to Manado

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Sulawesi Tourist Photos

So I will start at Makassar where I stayed for a few days, then went up into the hills to Malino. I spent one night in Pare Pare because I wanted to break the journey north to Toraja country.

Pare Pare Harbour
Pare Pare Harbour

This boat was going to Kalimantan.

Dead Cat in the Water
Dead Cat in the Water

This cat was just floating around in the harbour. It freaked me out a bit.

Toraja Buffalo
Toraja Buffalo

After a winding road through the hills, I made it to Toraja where I rented a bike for a few days and drove around through the mountains above Rantepao.

Rice Fields
Rice Fields

Traditional Toraja houses
Traditional Toraja houses

On the way to Tentena I stopped at Masamba hoping to break up the journey. But the journey to Tentena still lasted about ten hours through winding hills and the worst roads ever.

Danau Poso
Danau Poso

I got a lift up into the Bada Valley, where I stayed in this hut for a few days by myself.

My hut
My hut

Fishing boat
Fishing boat

These fishermen were pushing out the net boat at Ampana.

Pulling in the net
Pulling in the net

Bajo Village
Bajo Village

This was a bajo village in the Togian Islands.

Kadidiri Island
Kadidiri Island

This is where I stayed in the Togian Islands, at Black Marlin Dive Resort.

coconut crab
Coconut Crab

The next resort had one of these Coconut Crabs in a drum. “The coconut crab (Birgus latro) is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons ” (wikipedia) They are related to the hermit crab.

Luwuk panorama
Luwuk

I went to Luwuk from Ampana, then grabbed a ferry to the Banggai Islands to stay in the town of Salakan.

Ferry to Salakan
Ferry to Salakan

This was the slow ferry which took three hours. Our boat only took two hours.

Gunung Api Lokon
Gunung Api Lokon

This is the Lokon volcano which last erupted in 2012, and is expected to erupt every ten years. This was the view from my homestay in Kakaskasen, just north of Tomohon.

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December 27, 2019

Gunung Mahawu Two

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Tomohon Birding Day Four

Yesterday afternoon, I went back to the Fish Ponds at the back of Kakaskasen. I happened to spot a Yellow Bittern but the photos are all blurry, so I will not post them. This morning I rented a motor-bike and went up to Mount Mahawu. I parked down the car park and climbed to the top of the crater. There was a lot of cloud coming in so I could not see much. After that, I stopped off at Taman Kota. Not much there either. The final stop was Bukit Doa. I had to pay to get in! But I got a free coffee from the cafe there.

Turquoise Flycatcher
Turquoise Flycatcher (Eumyias panayensis)

“The Turquoise Flycatcher (Eumyias panayensis), also known as the island flycatcher, is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is found in Indonesia and the Philippines. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.” (wikipedia)

Grey-faced Buzzard
Chinese sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) – juvenile

“The Chinese sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers. Also called Chinese goshawk or grey frog hawk.” (wikipedia). Thanks to Khaleb Yordan for the ID.

Bay Coucal
Bay Coucal (Centropus celebensis)

Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis)

Slender-billed Crow
Slender-billed Crow (Corvus enca)

Tomohon Bird List

Chinese sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis)
Turquoise Flycatcher (Eumyias panayensis)
Bay Coucal (Centropus celebensis)
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Slender-billed Crow (Corvus enca)
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis)
Sulawesi Myzomela (Myzomela chloroptera)
Brahminy Kite

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