Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 21, 2021

One Day to Lockdown 2.0

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Padang Matsirat Birding

So this is the last time I can go out birding until February 4th. We are in lockdown for two weeks. I can go backyard birding I spose.

Carpenter bee
Carpenter bee, Xylocopa sp.

I cannot believe how luminescent the wings are!

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

Lesser Whistling Duck
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

On the lake on the way back from Padang Matsirat.

Langkawi bird list

Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Olive-backed Sunbird
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

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January 20, 2021

Two Sleeps to Lockdown

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Temoyong Creek

This morning was the second last morning before the lockdown in Malaysia. I went to the Temoyong Creek area because it was close and I had things to do today.

Plaintive Cuckoo  - male
Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) – male

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

Pacific swallow
Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Pacific Reef-Heron
Pacific Reef-Heron (Egretta sacra)

Dark morph, also known as Easter Reef Egret.

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

A big mob of White-headed Munia in a rice paddy.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)

Langkawi bird list

Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus)
Dollarbird
Common Myna
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
White-throated Kingfisher
Spotted Dove
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschanaulti)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Collared KIngfisher
Pacific Reef-Heron (Egretta sacra)
Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Common Sandpiper
White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Paddyfield Pipit
Brown Shrike
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)

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January 12, 2021

Langkawi Pre-lockdown

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Cenang Birding

This is a mixture of photos from around the Cenang area from the last couple of days. Tomorrow is lockdown again in Malaysia, so I do not know if I will be able to get out and about. We shall see.

Watercock   - immature
Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea) – immature

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

Brown-throated Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)

Snipe sp.
Snipe sp.

Not sure if this is a Common or Pintailed Snipe.

Lesser Whistling Duck
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

A mob of new young chicks.

Langkawi bird list

Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea)
Snipe sp.
Pond-heron sp.
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschanaulti)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
White-breasted Waterhen

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January 9, 2021

Searching for the Chinese Blackbird

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Cenang Birding – Searching for the Chinese Blackbird.

I got a message from Sofian Zach yesterday afternoon, saying there was a rare bird out the back of my guest house. So I grabbed my camera and set out to see what all the fuss was about. I found him and had a look at his photo. I thought it might have been a Eurasian Blackbird. We searched for the rest of the afternoon but did not see it again. The next morning we were at it again. It had been identified as a Chinese Blackbird, the second only sighting for Malaysia. Tom joined us later in the morning. Eventually we did spot it in the distance but could not find it.

Golden Tree Snake
Golden Tree Snake (Chrysopelea ornata)

Thanks Chai for the ID.

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

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

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

House Crow
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

We got a buffalo-whisperer.

Banded Hornet nest
Banded Hornet nest

Langkawi bird list

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Pond-heron sp.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Reptiles

Golden Tree Snake (Chrysopelea ornata)

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