Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 31, 2021

Sri Lanka Quarantine

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From Langkawi to Ahangama

So, here are all the photos off my phone from months ago. I have been meaning to do this for two weeks, but finally I get around to doing it on the second last day of quarantine here in Sri Lanka. It has gone very quickly. I have been surfing most days, I did my ten thousand steps every day, I swam in the pool a couple of times a day. I thought I was fit until I tried surfing again, and whew! I am not fit. After two weeks I can manage to go out in the water for half an hour and stand up on the surboard now! Woohoo.

Kien's eggs
Kien’s eggs

Starting off from Langkawi about a month ago. Here is Kien with his first eggs from his chooks. He is so proud.

First flower for Kien
First flower

And his first flower in his garden. I have no idea what it is. But it is extremely beautiful.

Common Sunda Toad
Common Sunda Toad

Duttaphrynus melanostictus is commonly called Asian common toad, Asian black-spined toad, Asian toad, black-spectacled toad, common Sunda toad. This one hung around my doorstep every morning.

K.L. old building
K.L. old building

I cannot remember the name of this old building. Possibly colonial.

Kuala Lumpur riverside at dusk
Kuala Lumpur riverside

Not really a river, just a filthy black drain, ha ha.

K.L. Chinatown
K.L. Chinatown

Jalan Sultan in Chinatown. There were a bunch of homeless dudes living under my window and screaming their heads off at 4am in the morning. I loved it.

LRT ride KL
LRT ride

This is the overhead subway, light rail, on the way to the hospital to get my pcr test done.

Luxury plane trip
Luxury plane trip

This is the plane to Singapore. I forget the name of the airline.

Landing at Changi Airport, Singapore.
Landing

Landing at Changi Airport, Singapore.

Scoot at Changi
Scoot

I waited in the transit lounge at Changi for ten hours. So boredom. I did about twenty laps around that lounge.

Quarantine
Quarantine

This is the view from my room at Quarantine. I had to do two weeks in this hell-hole!

Indian palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum)
Indian palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum)

Also called three-striped palm squirrel.

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March 23, 2021

Surfing Sri Lanka 1

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Ahangama Surfing

I have rented a surfboard here in Ahangama, southern Sri Lanka. I went out the first day and I could not even stand up. I was completely knackered after about twenty minutes. I thought I was fit. Luckily today I managed to stand up. It has been about six or seven years since I last went surfing. doh!

Go chica
Go chica !

cutback
Cutback

going left
Going left

big turn
Big turn

sharing is caring
Sharing is caring

California Soul Arch
California Soul Arch

Bail out
Bail out

Riding the foam
Riding the foam

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Langkawi Birds The End

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Last days at Langkawi

This was the last shoot that I did on Langkawi. I took the camera to the beach to get some photos of the pair of Collared Kingfishers that have been there for weeks.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

 Greater Coucal
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Super low tide
Super low tide

Langkawi bird list

Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
Pacific Reef-Heron – dark morph
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
White-bellied Sea-eagle

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March 1, 2021

Padang Matsirat February

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Padang Matsirat

The other day I walked along the creek behind the Padang Matsirat wet fish market. It was a pretty ordinary morning with nothing special or new.. ha ha way to tell a story..

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

Great Egret
Great Egret ( Ardea alba )

Paddyfield Pipit
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

Greater Coucal
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)

Is it feeding on a snail ?

Red Collared Dove
Red Collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

And some Spotted Doves.

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

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

Purple Heron
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa sp.

Langkawi bird list

Great Egret ( Ardea alba )
Common Sandpiper
Pond Heron sp.
Paddyfield Pipit
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
Red Collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Brown Shrike
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Black-naped Oriole
collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

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