Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 30, 2019

Road to Batutumonga

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Toraja Utara

This morning I took a new path – the road to Batutumonga through Tikla. I think I went in this direction but I had no idea where I was. I just followed the road. Luckily I got a few birds and saw some villages still living the traditional life.

Sulawesi Woodpecker


Sulawesi Woodpecker ( Yungipicus temminckii )

Also known as the Sulawesi Pygmy-Woodpecker. It is endemic to Sulawesi.

Red-chested Flowerpecker


Red-chested Flowerpecker (Dicaeum maugei)

Very bad photo but the only one I got. They are also known as the blue-cheeked flowerpecker.

Slender-billed Crow


Slender-billed Crow (Corvus enca)

Crimson Sunbird


Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

This is a gorgeous shot. I love this one.

Collared Kingfisher


Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

Grey Wagtail


Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

Lemon-bellied White-eye


Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)

Chestnut Munia


Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla)

Also known as the Black-headed Munia and in Indonesian Bondol cokelat.

Toraja bird list

Sulawesi Woodpecker ( Yungipicus temminckii )
aka Sulawesi Pygmy-Woodpecker is endemic to Sulawesi.
Red-chested Flowerpecker (Dicaeum maugei)
Slender-billed Crow (Corvus enca)
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
Black-ringed White-eye (Zosterops anomalus)
Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)
Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla) aka Black-headed Munia – (Bondol cokelat)

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November 29, 2019

Negeri Atas Awan

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Country above the clouds – morning

This morning I went back up the mountain to Negeri Atas Awan, The country above the clouds, all the way to the village of Lalao. Right on the top of the mountain there is a bit of a plateau and there are rice fields anywhere there is a bit of flat land. A couple of ticks for me this morning so it was well worth it.

Sultan's Cuckoo-Dove


Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia doreya )

Sulawesi Hawk-eagle


Sulawesi Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus lanceolatus)

Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot


Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus stigmatus)

Crimson Sunbird


Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

I have seen these before in Sabah.

Black-ringed White-eye


Black-ringed White-eye (Zosterops anomalus)

Lemon-bellied White-eye


Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

Sooty-headed Bulbul


Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)

Toraja bird list

Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia doreya )
Sulawesi Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus lanceolatus)
Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus stigmatus)
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
Black-ringed White-eye (Zosterops anomalus)
Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)
Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis omissus)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)
drongo
Black Kite

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November 28, 2019

Country Above The Clouds

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Negeri Atas Awan

In the afternoon I thought I had better go for a ride before the afternoon downpour started. I found the road to Lalao, the country above the clouds. It just went up and up. I stopped near the top because I saw a raptor and as you will see, it turned out to be an old friend.

Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot


Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus stigmatus)

Also called the Celebes Hanging-Parrot, Great Hanging-Parrot. It is endemic to Sulawesi and nearby smaller islands in Indonesia. Size is about 15 centimeters. It is generally green, with a black bill, forehead and chin red.

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

I got quite a shock seeing this Black Kite. I did not expect to see him here. They are literally everywhere I go.

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

I got another shock seeing these familiar birds. It seems they range from the Andaman Islands to Australia.

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

This lucky guy has got a flying ant type thing. (Very scientific)

Toraja bird list

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus stigmatus)

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Northern Toraja La’bo

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Rantepao Toraja Utara

I am now in Tana Toraja, the town of Rantepao. Technically it is Toraja Utara, North Toraja, since Toraja has been split into two divisions. I found a nice hostel, and I have a bike to rent so I can zoom around the countryside. Which I did this morning. I headed towards La’bo and then kept going until I found a nice creek with some bush alongside it.

Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher


Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis omissus)

The Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher is endemic to Indonesia. They are mainly found in subtropical moist lowland forests or montane forests. Its range is mostly Sulawesi, hence the name, doh! Their diet includes flies, termites, aphids and other small invertebrates.

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Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca)

I think the farmers were trying to scare off the munias with plastic bags on poles. I wondered what they were doing at first until I realized that the plastic bags looked somewhat like raptors. Maybe?

Javan Munia


Javan Munia (Lonchura leucogastroides)

Little Egret


Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Javan Pond-Heron


Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)

Pacific swallow


Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Under a bridge, building a nest.

Pacific swallow


Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Toraja bird list

Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis omissus)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Javan Munia (Lonchura leucogastroides)
Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca)
Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Cattle Egret

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November 23, 2019

Sulawesi Selatan Satu

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Malino Highlands 1

Man, what a nightmare it was getting here! I thought that there would be bus from the southern terminal to Malino, but when I got there, there was no sign of a bus, only a chartered car and they wanted 500,000 rupiah to take me there. So I just went and had breakfast and waited to see if there would be any more takers for a shared car. But to no avail, so a nice guy gave me a lift to the pete-pete stop and I finally got on a cramped little bemo. Up the hills we went. It took nearly three hours to get sixty kilometers. What a slow journey. When I got to Malino i found a guest-house and settled in. Bad luck that it was a friday and the weekends are crowded and there was some training going on at my hostel. There were nearly two hundred people here. Hint – do not come here on the weekends. It is madness.

Black-ringed White-eye


Black-ringed White-eye (Zosterops anomalus)

I was lucky to get this endemic Sulawesi bird. It was just by the side of the road.

Lemon-bellied White-eye


Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)

Sulawesi Drongo


Sulawesi Drongo (Dicrurus montanus)

Another endemic Sulawesi bird.

Sulphur-bellied Whistler


Sulphur-bellied Whistler (Pachycephala sulfuriventer)

I am not sure if I have seen this one before. But it sounds familiar. Edit. Nope, Not seen before. Tick.

Sooty-headed Bulbul


Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)

At first I thought it was the Yellow-vented Bulbul, but of course it is not with that full black head.

Malino bird list

Black-ringed White-eye (Zosterops anomalus)
Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)
Sulawesi Drongo (Dicrurus montanus)
Sulphur-bellied Whistler (Pachycephala sulfuriventer)
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)
Eurasian Tree-sparrow

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November 21, 2019

Bugis Schooner Harbour

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Pelabuhan Paotere

I got up early in the morning for a change. I have not known what time the sun comes up in Makassar because I have been sleeping in. I ordered a gojek from my phone to go the the old schooner harbour. I got there, paid 10,000 rupiah to get in and pottered around a bit and had breakfast at a warung – Kopi-o and nasi campur.

K.L.M


K.L.M

The old style traditional Bugis Schooner that have been sailing to Australia and elsewhere for hundreds of years. Maybe more. Now they have motors. KLM stands for Kapal Layer Mesin (Ship Sail Motor).

A nice catch


A nice catch

I met some fishermen unloading some nice fish. They looked a bit like spanish mackerel. I heard they might have been going to Japan.

Portrait


Portrait

These guys asked me for a photo, so I obliged.

Unloading Onions


Unloading Onions

Onto the wharf


Onto the wharf

Onto the truck


Onto the truck

After the winch had dropped off the load, a couple of guys would lift one up to a guy’s back and then he would walk the plank up on to the truck.

The winch driver


The winch driver

A prahu


A prahu

A traffic jam


A traffic jam

I got a ride to the central market after the harbour to look for a new shoulder bag, but no luck. And I lost my hat. doh!

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Sichuan to Sulawesi

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Tourist photos from China to Makassar

It has taken me a while to process these photos, so here goes. Chengdu was my last stop on my trip to China. It went so fast and now it seems like an eternity ago.

Train to XiChang


Train to XiChang

This is the slow sleeper train from Kunming to Xichang. It has three rows of bunks. I slept on the middle one. They were actually pretty comfy. I caught the bus from XiChang to Chengdu.

Bicycles galore


Bicycles galore

There are thousands and thousands of bicycles near the square. They are all for rent and you have to scan the bar code with your phone to open the lock. Everything in China gets paid for on your phone. Using cash is almost over there now.

Advertising


Advertising

Advertising is everywhere in China. Even while waiting for a lift in a building you get bombarded by ads and then, even inside the lift. This one is huge in a square in the fashion district of Chengdu.

Chengdu Hotpot


Chengdu Hotpot

A nice dinner with some people I met in Australia. Thank you very much.

Durian Pizza


Durian Pizza

I could not believe it at first but I tried it and it was pretty good. Very sweet.

Traffic Overpass


Traffic Overpass

The traffic is insane in the cities. There are no rules and drivers just push and shove to get where they want to go. It is utter chaos!

Me and Chairman Mao


Me and Chairman Mao

Wide and Narrow Alleys


Wide and Narrow Alleys

This is a more tradional shopping street with old houses and stuff.

Making dumplings


Making dumplings

After a big walk, we sat down in a dumpling shop and ordered some jozu. They were pretty good. All healthy and steamed.

Little India


Little India

In Singapore I stayed near Little India. There was great food available. I feasted on Marsala Dosa, chai, and Puri Subji.

Bugis Schooner


Bugis Schooner

At Pantai Lorasai, there was a bugis schooner tied up at the wharf. I thing mainly for touristic effect.

Cool Dude


Cool Dude

This would be the coolest dude of the year. Kudos, bro.

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November 14, 2019

Singapore Birding 191114

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Gardens By The Bay

This morning I got up and 6.30am and hopped on the subway to Gardens By The Bay in Singapore. There is lots of bushes and gardens so it is a great spot for birds. I saved the best for last. I saw this Malaysian Pied-Fantail at the end of my trek.

Malaysian Pied-Fantail


Malaysian Pied-Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

It is called murai gila (crazy thrush) in Malay.

Black-naped Oriole


Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Pink-necked Green-Pigeon


Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans)

Javan Myna


Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)

Also known as the White-vented Myna, for obvious reasons.

Striated Heron   - juvenile


Yellow Bittern ( Ixobrychus sinensis)

Common Tailorbird


ashy tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)

Olive-backed Sunbird


Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)

Brown-throated Sunbird    - maybe


Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) – maybe

I have no idea if this is right. I could not see the front of it.

Spotted Dove


Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)

Zebra Dove


Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

The Zebra Dove is very common in South-east Asia.

Pied Triller


Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)

Singapore bird list
Malaysian Pied-Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) ???
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Rock Pigeon
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Yellow Bittern
ashy tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

Resource:
https://ebird.org/region/SG/hotspots?yr=cur&m=

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November 6, 2019

Guangxi Yunan Sichuan

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Guilin to Xi Chang

Well where do I start with the tourist photos. At Guilin I guess. The first time I went there I stopped in Guilin North, which was more the working class area. It was close to the very fast train station when I first arrived. After a couple of days, I went to Xingping, which is a small town on the Lijiang river, famous for the scene on the 20 yuan note.

lijiang river

Lijiang river at Guilin

guilin sculpture

Sculpture of musician

Lijiang River

Tourist boats on the Lijiang River

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Dancing in the morning

After about eight or nine in the morning the dance groups start up their shenanigans along the promenade next to the river. They have everything – exercise dance, waltz type dancing, tai chi and ethnic stuff as well.

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Pounding nuts

They make these candies out of nuts. This guy was pounding the mixture after mixing with caramelised sugar or something similar. It tasted pretty good.

xi shan, kunming

Xi Shan

At Kunming, I took the subway to the Western Hills Park. The bus took me right up near the top of the mountain. I took a few photos, then it started raining and it did not stop, so I took the bus back down the hill.

Xi Chang

Boat on the Lake

I caught a train to Xi Chang and this morning went for a walk to the Qionghai Lake and Dream Lake Wetland.

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Xi Chang Sichuan Birding

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Qionghai Lake, Dream Lake Wetland

So I tok the slow train from Kunming to Xi Chang and now I am in the region of Sichuan. This morning I got up and was out by 7am, but it was still dark! doh! So I set off anyway, waiting for it to get a bit lighter so I could take some photos. There were heaps of Brown-breasted Bulbuls frolicking around in the bad light but it was pointless taking any photos of them. So I just wandered around waiting for the light to come up.

red-billed starling

, Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)

I have seen the scientific name Sturnus sericeus, so I do not know which is right.

red-billed starling

Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)

common starling

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris )

I was quite surprised to see this Common Starling with the Red-billed Starlings. There is also a Red-vented Bulbul in the shot.

crested myna

Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)

Blurry photo, but it was the best i got. doh!

brown breasted bulbul

Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)

red vented bulbul

Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Mystery bird

I have no idea what this is. My guesses include Clamorous Reed Warbler, Oriental Reed Warbler and Zitting Cisticola.

Xi Chang bird list

Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris )
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Eurasian Magpie
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba )
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saulari)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Common Coot
Chinese Pond-heron (Ardeola bacchus)
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
Scaly-breasted Munia
White-fronted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus )

Resource:
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4811712?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

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