Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 30, 2020

Cherating 2020

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Cherating, Pahang

I got the boat out of Kapas Island and caught the fancy bus to Cherating. I arrived pretty late, after 4pm. So I settled in, then went for a walk to the beach and along the road. I managed to spot a few birds. In the morning I took a river cruise through the mangroves of the Cherating River. I was expecting nothing, but got pleasantly surprised with some nice birds, otters, and a couple of snakes.

Chestnut-bellied Malkoha
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus)

“The chestnut-bellied malkoha is a species of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forest, and subtropical or tropical swampland.” (Wikipedia)

Rufous Woodpecker
Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus)

He is sticking his tongue out, maybe licking up some ants.

Rufous Woodpecker
Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus)

They have got really fluffy feathers under the chin.

Green Iora
Green Iora ( Aegithina viridissima )

Lineated Barbet
Lineated Barbet ( Psilopogon lineatus )

White-headed Munia
White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)

Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Reticulated Python
Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus)

“The reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) is a species of snake in the family Pythonidae. The species is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is the world’s longest snake and listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List because of its wide distribution.” (wikipedia). Thank you to Nathan Rusli for the ID help. 🙂

Mangrove Snake
Mangrove Snake (Boiga dendrophila)

“Boiga dendrophila, commonly called the mangrove snake or the gold-ringed cat snake, is a species of rear-fanged snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to southeast Asia. It is one of the biggest cat snake species, averaging 6–8 feet (1.8–2.4 m) in length. It is considered mildy venomous. Although moderate envenomations resulting in intense swelling have been reported, there has never been a confirmed fatality” (wikipedia). Again, thanks to Nathan Rusli for the ID help.

Smooth-coated Otter
Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)

squirrel
Squirrel

Cherating bird list

Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus)
Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus)
Green Iora ( Aegithina viridissima )
Lineated Barbet ( Psilopogon lineatus )
White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
White-breasted Kingfisher
Oriental Magpie-robin

Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)
Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus)
Mangrove Snake (Boiga dendrophila)

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Pulau Kapas Birding pm

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Kapas Island 2

This was the last morning on Kapas Island. Nothing much around but at least I got a decent shot, finally, of a Pied Imperial-pigeon.

Pied Imperial-pigeon
Pied Imperial-pigeon (Duculus bicolor)

These are in Australia too, up north, but I never saw them there. doh!

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

Kapas Island bird list

Pied Imperial-pigeon (Duculus bicolor)
Olive-winged Bulbul ( Pycnonotus plumosus )
White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)
Brahminy Kite
Collared Kingfisher
Black-naped Oriole
Pacific Reef Egret (dark and white morphs)

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July 27, 2020

Pulau Kapas Birding pm

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Kapas Island , Terengganu

I caught the bus from Kuala Terengganu and walked from the bus station at Marang to the jetty. I was just in time for the ferry to Kapas Island and after a short boat ride, I arrived at Kapas Island.

White-rumped Shama
White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)

Pied Imperial-pigeon
Pied Imperial-pigeon (Duculus bicolor)

Black-naped Tern
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)

Black-naped Tern
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)

Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyrus jugularis)

Pulau Kapas bird list

Pied Imperial-pigeon (Duculus bicolor)
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyrus jugularis)
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)
White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)
Brahminy Kite
Zebra Dove
Black-naped Oriole

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July 26, 2020

The Other Side

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Jeti Seberang Takir – Kuala Terengganu

This morning I only took 38 photos. A bit of a record really. I got up and had baked roti and sambal, with kopi-o. Walked down to the waterfront and got the boat to the other side of the river at Jeti Seberang Takir. It starts from the wharf just below the Pasar Payang. I walked along the river on that other side. Then along the beach and back again to the jetty.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

Ashy Tailorbird
Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)

Kuala Terengganu bird list

Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)

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July 25, 2020

Kota Bharu to Kuala Terengganu

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Kelantan and Terengganu Tourist Photos

I caught the day bus from Sungai Petani to the other side of the Malaysian Peninsula. I spent about 3 or four days at Kota Bharu.

Kelantan River at Kota Bharu
Kelantan River at Kota Bharu

After that, I caught the bus to Kuala Besut, then jumped on a boat to Perhentian Kecil, a small island off the eastern coast.

Going for a dive
Going for a dive

At Coral Bay, Perhentian Kecil.

Coral Bay
Coral Bay

Storm coming  - Aina Resort, Long Beach.
Storm coming

Aina Resort, Long Beach.

Narrow alley in chinatown
Narrow alley

Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu.

Chinatown, Kuala Terengganu
Chinatown, Kuala Terengganu

Bridge over Terengganu River
Bridge over Terengganu River

Jeti Memancing, Pulau Sekati
Jeti Memancing, Pulau Sekati

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Kuala Terengganu Birding

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Pulau Sekati

This morning I got up late – 8am, and went and had roti and sambal and Kopi-O. Grabbed a Grab to Sekati Island, just up the river from Kuala Terengganu. I wandered around for a few hours and did not see many birds.

Stripe-throated Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)

White-rumped Munia
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)

Getting some straw for a nest.

Yellow-bellied Prinia
Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris)

Not sure which one. At first I thought it was a tailorbird, but no rufous on the head. Then I thought of prinia and this is my latest guess – Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris).

Pig-tailed Macaque
Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)

This macaque had a rope around his neck and had been trained by the villager to go up the coconut tree and throw down the coconuts. His large incisors had been broken or taken out.

Oriental Garden lizard
Oriental Garden lizard (Calotes versicolor)

Doing the kata for kung fu lizard fighting style.

Terengganu bird list

Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Barn Swallow

Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)
Oriental Garden lizard (Calotes versicolor)

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July 24, 2020

Terengganu Birding

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Perhentian Kecil and Kuala Terangganu

I spent two nights on Perhentian Kecil Island. The water was brilliant for snorkelling, bring some goggles and stuff. I got the boat back to Kuala Besut yesterday, then caught the bus to Kuala Terengganu. This morning I went wandering around the waterfront, besides the river.

Asian Glossy Starling
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

Pied Imperial-Pigeon
Pied Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)

Squirrel
Squirrel

Making off with some nuts.

Spider Web
Spider Web

Common Myna
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

Zebra Dove
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

Terengganu bird list

house swift (Apus nipalensis)
Germain’s swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)
Asian Glossy Starling
Pied Imperial-pigeon
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

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July 22, 2020

Perhentian Islands Birds

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Perhentian Kecil

It has been a while since I got out birding. I went from Kuala Perlis to Sungai Petani, then Kota Bharu. I tried to go one day at Kota Bharu, but the bus was not running, so the whole day was wasted doing nothing. Eventually I got away to the Perhentian Islands. Not a lot around. A bit dead actually but lots of tourists.

Van Hasselt's Sunbird  - male
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana)- male

Malay Name: Kelicap Belacan

Van Hasselt's Sunbird - male
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana)- male

Van Hasselt's Sunbird  - female
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana)- female

Pied Imperial-Pigeon
Pied Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)

Pied Imperial-Pigeon
Pied Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)

squirrel
squirrel

A bit too much flash, perhaps?

squirrel
squirrel

Sneaking off with some nuts.

Perhentian Islands bird list

Pied Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana)

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July 15, 2020

Kedah and Perlis Tourist

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Tourist Photos from Kedah and Perlis

Here are the tourist photos off my phone, starting from Sungai Petani, my first stop after leaving Penang. Then it was off to Alor Setar, from where I caught the ferry to Langkawi. After a week in Langkawi, I caught the ferry over to Kuala Perlis.

Train to Thailand
Train to Thailand

This is the train going to Thailand. It is pretty nice. The old one used to be a rattler that you could hang out the doors, watching out for southern Thai bandits.

Dam at Kedah River
Dam at Kedah River

This is the dam over the Kedah River at Alor Setar.

Chenang Beach
Chenang Beach

This is the tourist trap of Langkawi. The same as all the other tourist traps all over the world.

Gunung Raya view
Gunung Raya

Up the mountain looking out over Langkawi Island.

Mangrove track at Kuala Perlis
Mangrove track

Kuala Perlis.

Mangroves
Mangroves

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July 14, 2020

Kuala Perlis One

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Taman Rekreasi Bukit Kubu

I got the 11am ferry from Langkawi to Kuala Perlis this morning. I found my hotel and in the afternoon, I went to the Pusat Pendidikan Biodiversiti and then along the track to the Taman Rekreasi Bukit Kubu .

Stripe-throated Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)

I thought this was a tick but I checked and I have seen this one before at Bokor Hill in Cambodia and Vang Vieng In Laos. Doh!

Blue Whistling-Thrush -  adult (Yellow-billed)
Blue Whistling-Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus ) – adult (Yellow-billed)

Seen before at Shimla in India and the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. Double doh! Record shot only, ha ha.

Malaysian Pied Fantail
Malaysian Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Asian Openbill
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)

Germain's Swiftlet
Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)

Crested Myna
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)

Dusky Leaf Monkey
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)

Also known as the Spectacled Leaf Monkey or Spectacled Langur.

Monitor
Monitor

Kuala Perlis bird list

Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
Blue Whistling-Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus ) – adult (Yellow-billed)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Malaysian Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
White-breasted Kingfisher
Baya Weaver

Resources:
Identification of Paddyfield, Richard’s and Blyth’s Pipits in Malaysia

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