Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 27, 2020

Penang August 27

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Penang Botanic Gardens

Up again at 7am, had my standard roti canai telur and kopi, then called a Grab. The bus there was a major hassle, so I did not bother. Not many birds around but heaps of people.

Crested Myna
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)

Little Spiderhunter
Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)

Crimson Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

Scaly-breasted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Little Egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

butterfly
butterfly

He is well comouflaged.

Penang Botanic Gardens bird list

Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
White-throated Kingfisher
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo pacifica)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

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August 26, 2020

Penang Hill August 26

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Penang Hill

I caught the 204 bus from Weld Jetty to the bottome of Bukit Bendera or Penang Hill. The funicular train came pretty quickly and up the hill I scooted. I walked around the top for hours and then I came down. The end.

Little Spiderhunter
Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)

Little Spiderhunter
Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)

Little Spiderhunter
Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)

Green Iora
Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima)

Thick-billed Green-pigeon
Thick-billed Green-pigeon (Treron curvirostra)

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

Giant Black Squirrel
Giant Black Squirrel (Ratufa bicolour)

Penang Hill bird list

Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)
Olive-backed Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Asian Fairy-bluebird
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)
Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima)
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Thick-billed Green-pigeon (Treron curvirostra)

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August 24, 2020

Taiping Birds August 24

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Taman Tasik Taiping

Once again, to the park. Not much to show for it. Maybe a better shot of a Black-thighed Falconet is about all. Plus I had a closer look at some Common Iora.

Common Iora
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)

Black-thighed Falconet
Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius)

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

Pied Triller
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)

Purple Heron
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans)
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

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August 22, 2020

Taiping Birds August 22

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Taman Tasik Taiping

This morning I went for a walk around Lake Park. I did not expect much but it turned out quite good. My photos turned out quite good, so I am happy about that.

Rhinoceros Hornbill
Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros )

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris )

Female and male.

Green Iora
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)

Not a Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima). I need to have a good look at the differences. Back to square one. Thanks to Tim Forrester for the correction. “I believe this is a common iora, because of the very white wing coverts. Female green ioras have a much more yellow wing coverts.
Also I don’t think the tail color is a reliable way to tell them apart. Males of both Common and Green have black tails, while females of both have a more yellowish/greenish mixed with black tail.”

Grey Heron
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Long-tailed Parakeet
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)

Oriental Magpie-robin
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)

I think this is a female.

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros )
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris )
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Iora
White-breasted Kingfisher
Asian Glossy Starling
Pied Triller
Oriental Magpie-robin
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Pink-necked Green-pigeon
Black-crowned Night-heron
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Purple Heron
Black-naped Oriole ( Oriolus chinensis )
Common Flameback
Common Myna

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August 20, 2020

Taiping Birds August 20

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Taman Tasik Taiping

I went late this afternoon specifically to find the owl that a lady had said she had seen. I waited in the spot I thought it was but nothing came. Then, just on sunset, I heard the owls about fifty meters towards the lake. It was so dark, but I luckily managed to get some shots. Whew!

Spotted Wood-Owl
Spotted Wood-Owl ( Strix seloputo )

“The Spotted Wood-owl is a large owl with an orange face and big inky-black eyes. Adult is brown with extensive thin barring on the underparts. Juvenile is whitish, with barring all over the body. Spotted Wood-Owl prefers open forests, and can sometimes be seen on fairly conspicuous perches, even when roosting. Hoots loudly and sonorously, with pairs frequently duetting.” (Ebird.org).

Spotted Wood-Owl
Spotted Wood-Owl ( Strix seloputo )

Seen before at Pasir Ris, Singapore, February 2020.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite ( Halistur indus )

Common Flameback
Common Flameback ( Dinopium javanense )

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Spotted Wood-Owl ( Strix seloputo )
Brahminy Kite ( Halistur indus )
Intermediate Egret
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
Common Flameback ( Dinopium javanense )
Long-tailed Parakeet ( Psittacula longicauda )
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

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August 18, 2020

Taiping Birding August 18

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Kaki Bukit Larut – Taiping

Nothing much to say. Most crappiest day ever! No birds. It was just dead. Boo hoo.

Pigtail Macaque
Pigtail Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)

Rhinoceros Hornbill
Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros )

Blue-throated bee-eater
Blue-throated bee-eater (Merops viridis)

Kaki Bukit Larut bird list

Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros )
Blue-throated bee-eater (Merops viridis)

Pigtail Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)

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August 16, 2020

Taiping Birding August 16

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Taman Tasik – Taiping – Perak

What can I say? Groundhog Day. Get up, have breakfast, walk around lake. There is always something interesting to see.

Crested Serpent-Eagle
Crested Serpent-Eagle ( Spilornis cheela )

This guy was having his breakfast on the bank of a creek. I did not go closer as I did not want him to fly away and lose his meal.

Pink-necked Green-pigeon  - male
Pink-necked Green-pigeon ( Treron vernans ) – male

Black-thighed Falconet
Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius)

They always seem to be very high up in the top of dead trees.

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill(Anthracoceros albirostris )

Doing some weird fanning with its tail.

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )

Big Close Up. I counted 17 of them in a pond.

Dusky Leaf Monkey
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)

Also known as Spectacled Langur, or Spectacled Leaf Monkey.

Pigtail Macaque  - female
Pigtail Macaque (Macaca nemestrina) – female

This troupe of Pigtail Macaques were crossing the water to get to a huge coffee tree. They looked like they were eating what I thought were coffee beans.

Pigtail Macaque  - male
Pigtail Macaque (Macaca nemestrina) – male

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Crested Serpent-Eagle ( Spilornis cheela )
Pink-necked Green-pigeon ( Treron vernans )
Oriental Pied Hornbill(Anthracoceros albirostris )
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus )
Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius)
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
White-throated Kingfisher
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Olive-winged Bulbul
Oriental Magpie-robin
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
Blue-throated bee-eater (Merops viridis)

dusky leaf monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)
Pigtail Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)

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August 15, 2020

Taiping Birding August 15

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Taman Tasik – Taiping – Perak

I had a day off yesterday. This morning I got up after seven am, had breakfast and wandered up to the lake park. It was a pretty good morning with no new birds, but a few interesting photos. You can be the judge of that.

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )

A Crested Goshawk was eating a prey in tree. There was another one with it but it did not share the meal, which looked like it might have been a squirrel or something furry like that.

Common Iora
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )

This is a female Common Iora. It sat up right in front of me, obligingly.

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow ( Hirundo tahitica )

Common Flameback  - male
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) – male

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )

Grey Heron
Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea )

Pigtail Macaque - female
Pigtail Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)

“When a female reaches sexual maturity at 3 years of age, she can present herself to males with her anogenital swelling during estrus for reproduction. When this time comes, the female will show her backside, including her anogenital swelling, and look over her shoulder at the male. The male will then draw back his ears and push his lips outward. (Cawthon Lang, 2009)” ( https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Macaca_nemestrina/ )

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Coppersmith Barbet ( Psilopogon haemacephalus )
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )
Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Black-crowned Night-Heron ( Nycticorax nycticorax )
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea )
Pink-necked Green-pigeon ( Treron vernans )
White-throated Kingfisher
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Oriental Magpie-robin
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
Pacific Swallow ( Hirundo tahitica )

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August 13, 2020

Taiping August 13

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Taman Tasik Taiping

13th August, 2020. Once more into the breach. I walked along the side of the lake this morning, going anti-clockwise. Then I followed a few paths into the center of the park and back and forth.

Common Myna
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

I felt like doing some portraits today. I quite like Common Mynas, despite their bad name.

Common Myna
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)

Pied Triller
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )

Grey Heron
Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea )

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )

In the same tree again today.

Spectacled Leaf Monkey
Spectacled Leaf Monkey ( Trachypithecus obscurus )

Eating a flower.

Spectacled Leaf Monkey
Spectacled Leaf Monkey ( Trachypithecus obscurus )

Also known as Spectacled Langur.

flower with visitors
flower and visitors

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Striated Heron ( Butorides striata )
Black-crowned Night-Heron ( Nycticorax nycticorax )
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea )
Pink-necked Green-pigeon ( Treron vernans )
White-throated Kingfisher
Yellow-vented Bulbul

Spectacled Leaf Monkey or Spectacled Langur, ( Trachypithecus obscurus )

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August 12, 2020

Taiping August 12

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Kaki Bukit Larut – Taiping.

It rained all last night and thankfully it stopped about sunup, so I had breakfast and went up the road to Maxwell Hill. I climbed a couple of hundred meters or so, but that was enough for me so I came down and pottered around in the scrub at the bottom of the hill.

Red-throated Barbet  -female
Red-throated Barbet ( Megalaima mystacophanos ) -female

I was hoping for one tick at least, but I had already seen this barbet in Thailand. Doh! And the next one. It has been a while since I have seen a new bird.

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

This is either a female or a juvenile. The Malay Name Rembah Sayap Hitam.

Blue-throated Bee-eater  - juvenile
Blue-throated Bee-eater ( Merops viridis ) – juvenile

Blue-throated Bee-eater
Blue-throated Bee-eater ( Merops viridis )

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

Butterfly
Butterfly

This butterfly was gliding away high up in the canopy. Weird.

Bukit Larut bird list

Red-throated Barbet ( Megalaima mystacophanos )
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike ( Hemipus hirundinaceus )
Blue-throated Bee-eater ( Merops viridis )
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Red-eyed Bulbul ( Pycnonotus brunneus )
Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros )
Asian Glossy Starling
Barn Swallow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Yellow-vented Bulbul
White-throated Kingfisher

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