Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 20, 2020

Datai Bay Birding

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Teluk Datai

I can’t write much because I have a bandage on my little finger because I nicked my finger chopping vegetables. So I will keep it short and sweet.

Common Tailorbird
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)

Dark-sided Flycatcher
Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica)

Oriental Pied-hornbill
Oriental Pied-hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Red-eyed Bulbul
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)

Air Terjun Temurun
Air Terjun Temurun

Langkawi bird list

Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Oriental Pied-hornbill
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma)
Dollarbird

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October 18, 2020

Padang Matsirat October 18

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Padang Matsirat – Langkawi

This morning was overcast again so I did not go far. I just went to the sawah around Padang Matsirat.

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

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

Pacific Golden-plover
Pacific Golden-plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Large-billed Crow
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis )

Langkawi bird list

Pacific Golden-plover (Pluvialis fulva)
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
White-breasted Waterhen
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Brown Shrike
Baya Weaver
White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)
Pond-heron
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis )
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
White-bellied Kingfisher
Brown-throated Sunbird
Asian Glossy Starling

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October 17, 2020

Langkawi Three Days

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Cenang Reed Beds – Langkawi

I will start at the end. This has been three days to finish this post. To start at the end, I was coming back from the petrol station and screeched to a halt just before my guest house. There were a couple of Slaty-breasted Rail running around with some chooks just behind some houses near a small bit of wetland. So I screamed off to get my camera and when I got back, I was lucky to spot one of them and got this wonderful photo. And it is a lifer.

Slaty-breasted Rail
Slaty-breasted Rail (Lewinia striata)

Jumping back in time, I went on an island-hopping boat ride, but did not see many birds. There was a heap of these and Brahminy Kites near a feeding area for the tourists.

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

On the Beras Basah Island, I got a few photos of some Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers, but nothing else.

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)

Yesterday I went back to the Cenang Reed Beds and took some photos. Nothing special, but it was looking like rain, so I did not want to go far.

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

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)

paddyfield pipit
paddyfield pipit (Anthus rufulus)

This strange bird has no tail!

Hornet
Lesser Banded Hornet (Vespa affinis)

Langkawi bird list

Slaty-breasted Rail (Lewinia striata)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Brahminy Kite
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Grey-headed Swamphen
White-headed Munia
Cattle Egret
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Greater Coucal
Brown Shrike
Oriental Pied-hornbill
paddyfield pipit
zitting Cisticola
Common Sandpiper
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Common Myna
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)
Zebra Dove

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October 14, 2020

Padang Matsirat October 14

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Padang Matsirat – Langkawi

The sun was out a little bit this morning, so I took advantage of the break in the weather and headed off to Padang Matsirat and started birding along Jalan Ladang Bohor.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater ( Merops philippinus )

I think this one is a male with the extended tail feather.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater ( Merops philippinus )

Hunting over the water.

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

Showing off his very intoxicating quiff.

Rufous-bellied Swallow
Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia)

Rufous-bellied Swallow
Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia)

House Swift
House Swift (Apus nipalensis)

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

Oriental Pied-Hornbill
Oriental Pied-Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

It looks like he has had half his bill chopped off.

Greater Sand-Plover
Greater Sand-Plover ( Charadrius leschenaultii)

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Red Collared-Dove
Red Collared-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

Langkawi bird list

Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Pond-heron
Striated Heron
Cattle Egret
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Asian Glossy Starling
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
White-throated Kingfisher
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)
House Swift (Apus nipalensis)
Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia)
Oriental Pied-Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Brown Shrike
House Crow
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Greater Sand-Plover ( Charadrius leschenaultii)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater ( Merops philippinus )
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Brahminy Kite
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)
Red Collared-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Whiskered Tern ( Chlidonias hybrida )

Research:
Identifying The Terns of Singapore.

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October 12, 2020

So Much Rain

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Cenang Reed Beds – Langkawi

It has been raining every day now for ages. I wake up, have a look at the weather, and if it is raining, I go back to bed. If not, I make a cup of coffee and by the time I finish, it usually starts raining. This morning it looked overcast but with high clouds, so I thought it might be a goer. I had my coffee and muesli and headed off to the swamp. Oh, sorry the Wetlands. And after about five minutes it started spitting. So I found some shelter under a car wash and waited for it to stop. Finally it stopped and later on the sun came out and I had a good morning. Five minutes after I got home, it started bucketing down. The weather is so random in Langkawi.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater ( Merops philippinus )

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus )

Pond-heron
Pond-heron

Not sure which one. The experts say you cannot tell the young ones. doh!

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Pacific Golden-plover
Pacific Golden-plover (Pluvialis fulva )

Pacific Golden-plover
Pacific Golden-plover (Pluvialis fulva )

Langkawi bird list

Pond-heron (Ardeola bacchus)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)
Chestnut Munia
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus )
Blue-tailed Bee-eater ( Merops philippinus )
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Myna
Pacific Golden-plover (Pluvialis fulva )
Common Sandpiper
Lesser Sand-Plover
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus )
Red-wattled Lapwing
Paddyfield Pipit
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Oriental Pied-hornbill

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October 10, 2020

October Tourist Langkawi

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Tourist Photos of Langkawi

These are my tourist photos from about two weeks in Langkawi, in the north of Malaysia. They are taken on my phone. I am not sure about using my phone to take photos. It is convenient but I have zero flexibility when it comes to taking a photo. But I shall persist.

Durian Perangin Waterfall
Durian Perangin Waterfall

Karsts near Taman Nilam
Karsts near Taman Nilam

Trawlers docked at Taman Nilam
Trawlers docked at Taman Nilam

Kilim Karst
Kilim Karst

Friendly dogs in thunderstorm
Friendly dogs in thunderstorm

A big rainstorm hit while I was out near the karsts and I had to find some shelter. The only place was a factory awning, and the local guard dogs let me hang out with them under cover. Thanks doggies.

Eagle Square
Eagle Square

I call it the Big Brahminy Kite. Langkawi means Brahminy Kite.

Sawah near Bukit Hantu
Sawah near Bukit Hantu

The rice fields on the other side of the haunted hill.

Hills above sawah
Hills above sawah

Gunung Raya view of nearby islands
Gunung Raya view of nearby islands

Rice fields view
Rice fields view

Sunset at Kuah
Sunset at Kuah

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October 4, 2020

Langkawi Island River October

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Padang Matsirat – Sungai Pulau Langkawi

A few drops of rain very early this morning. But soon the sun came out and it turned into a hot, sunny day. I spent most of the time in the sawah on the road to Padang Matsirat. I guess it is a typical rollout for a day in the rice fields.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Lesser Whistling Duck
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

Large-billed Crow
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos )

This guy’s wing feather has come unstuck. He looked like he came off second best in a fight with an eagle.

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)

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

Zitting Cisticola
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

Malaysian Pied Fantail
Malaysian Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Langkawi bird list

White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctalata)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
Cattle Egret
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
Common Sandpiper
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Common Myna
Spotted Dove
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos )
White-throated Kingfisher
Purple Heron ( Ardea purpurea )
Little Egret (Egretta sacra)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Malaysian Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Dollarbird
Common Sandpiper

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October 3, 2020

Cenang Reed Beds 2

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Cenang Reed Beds – Langkawi

I went out again to the Cenang Reed Beds this morning. As soon as I got there, it started off with a light drizzle, so I hid under a tree for a while until it stopped, and then carried on. It is raining nearly every day now. And there is no pattern to it. I don’t mind if it rains in the afternoon like it oughta, but it rains any time of the day with no real system.

Paddyfield Pipit
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

This young Paddyfield Pipit looked like he had just head-butted a pile of manure.

Purple Heron
Purple Heron ( Ardea purpurea )

Lesser Whistling Duck
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

There was a flock of about 15 flying around most of the morning.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)

I can’t stop taking photos of these now I know they are the local sub-species atronuchalis.

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Maybe  Munia
Maybe Munia

There was a flock of about 40 flying around.

Maybe Wood Sandpipers
Pacific golden plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Again, a flock of about forty flying around. Edit: Thanks to Khaleb Yordan for the ID help. 🙂

Langkawi bird list

White-headed Munia
Cattle Egret
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Asian Glossy Starling
Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Gray-headed Swamphen ( Porphyrio poliocephalus )
White-breasted Waterhen
White-throated Kingfisher
Purple Heron ( Ardea purpurea )
Common Myna
Spotted Dove
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Common Sandpiper
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Munias ???? not sure which.
Pacific golden plover (Pluvialis fulva)

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October 2, 2020

Back to Cenang Beach

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Cenang Reed Bedgs – Langkawi

This morning I rode all the way to Cenang because I wanted to move hostels. I had done most of the area around Kuah, so it was time to move on to a new location, and it is too far to ride to this side of the island. I went for a look around the Cenang Reed Beds and found they are a lot larger than what I originally thought.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)

I just found out after six months, that atronuchalis, is the race in Malaysia, and it has a white cheek surrounded by black. You learn something new every day.

Lesser Whistling Duck
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

Paddyfield Pipit
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

The streaks on the chest seem darker on this Paddyfield Pipit.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

This Cattle Egret is in the correct position.

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Langkawi bird list

White-breasted Waterhen
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Spotted Dove
Common Myna
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
while atronuchalis the race in north-eastern India and eastern Bangladesh has a white cheek surrounded by black

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October 1, 2020

Tanjung Rhu Birds

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Durian Perangin Waterfall

This morning I went to the Waterfall near the Kilim Karst tourist complex. There was nothing about but I found a few birds on the way out along the road. After that I went to Tanjung Rhu to have a look and found a few birds in the sawah near town. Happy Birthday to me!

Tern
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

Thanks for Tou Jing Yi and Dave Bakewell for help in identifying this one and the Whiskered Tern. It seems there was a White-winged Tern and a Whiskered Tern hunting together in the same rice field. Weird. I never expected that.

Tern
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

Dollarbird
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

Paddyfield Pipit
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

Langkawi bird list

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida)
Asian Fairy-bluebird (Irena puella)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Large-billed Crow
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Little Tern or whiskered Tern
Brahminy Kite
Pacific Swallow

Research: https://singaporebirdgroup.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/identifying-the-terns-of-singapore/

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