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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