Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 29, 2020

Langkawi Tourist October

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Langkawi Tourist Photos October

Ok, here we go again. I got my photos off my phone. The quality is reasonable, it is all automatic, I have no idea how to drive it. I just take whatever it gives me. ha ha.

Cleaning up Cenang Beach
Cleaning up Cenang Beach

Padang Matsirat Sawah
Padang Matsirat Sawah

Rice Harvester
Rice Harvester

Island Hopping Harbour
Island Hopping Harbour

Dayang Bunting Lake
Dayang Bunting Lake

Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park
Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park

Beras Basah Island wharf
Beras Basah Island wharf

Lazing on Beras Basah Island
Lazing on Beras Basah Island

Beras Basah Island boats
Beras Basah Island boats

Catching a tiddler
Catching a tiddler

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Teluk Datai

Air Terjun Temurun
Air Terjun Temurun

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October 28, 2020

Padang Matsirat October28

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Padang Matsirat – Jalan Ladang Bohor

Nice and sunny this morning, so I trots over to Padang Matsirat again. I found a new track along the edges of some rice paddies and found some new birds for this spot. Later on, it got really hot, so I stopped early. I was really feeling the heat.

Common Hill Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

Daurian Starling
Daurian Starling (Agropsar sturninus)

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

Green Iora
Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima)

White-throated Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

I just loved the colour of the tail. I do not think I have noticed before.

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)

Langkawi bird list

Daurian Starling (Agropsar sturninus)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Pond-heron
Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Feral Pigeon
Asian Glossy Starling
Dollarbird
Common Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Common Sandpiper
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) immature
Brown Shrike
Malaysian Pied Fantail
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

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October 27, 2020

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

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Gunung Raya

This morning the sun came out, then it rained, then it fined up – all before breakfast. So I set out anyway for Gunung Raya. I made it most of the morning until I was about two thirds down and it started raining. I had to shelter under a tree, then put the poncho on.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)

Crested Serpent-eagle
Crested Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Spectacled Langur
Spectacled Langur (Trachypithecus obscurus)

Also known as the Dusky Leaf Monkey, or Spectacled Leaf Monkey.

Langkawi Bird List

Great Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Crested Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

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October 22, 2020

Over the Fence

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Cenang Backyard Birding – Langkawi

I spotted a Black-winged Kite from the back yard yesterday afternoon, so I photographed what I could of the birds in my back yard. There were quite a few. Not all of them I got photos of.

Black-winged Kite
Black-winged Kite ( Elanus caeruleus )

Black-naped Oriole
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus )

Common Myna
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

Lesser Banded Hornet
Lesser Banded Hornet (Vespa affinis)

Langkawi bird list

Black-winged Kite ( Elanus caeruleus )
Asian Glossy Starling
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis )
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus )
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Pond-heron
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Brahminy Kite
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punculata)
White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
House Crow
Dollarbird
Olive-backed Sunbird

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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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