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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December 31, 2020

Birding Retrospective 2020

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2020 Recap Birding

After two months in Sulawesi, I hopped on the boat to Tawau in Sabah, Malaysia, and spent some time at Tawau Hills National Park. It is going to be hard to pick just one photo from this time because there were so many great photos.

White-crowned Hornbill - male
White-crowned Hornbill (Aceros comatus)

Tawau Hills NP, sabah. January 16th, 2020. Then it was another trip to the Kinabatangan River with so many birds and animals. Fast forward to Sepilok at the end of the month. February saw me at Mount Kinabalu, then north towards Kudat and Banggi Island. South to the Crocker Ranges and Tenom area. Then Gunung Mulu in Sarawak and back to Kota Kinabalu and Singapore.

Spotted Wood Owl
Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo)

Pasir Ris Park, Singapore. February 29th, 2020. Into Malaysia and first stop was Mersing, Melaka, Port Dixon, Cameron Highlands. Pulau Pangkor was the last stop for three months because of the lockdown (MCO).

Streaked Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)

Cameron Highlands, malaysia. March 13th, 2020. April and I am still in lockdown on Pangkor Island. Luckily I had a nice bilik on the water, a kitchen and decent wifi. I actually quite enjoyed my time during lockdown. Very relaxing.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Pangkor Island, Malaysia. April, 2020. There was a relatively limited range of birds on my jetty home, so I might skip ahead to the next venue. May, I am still in Pangkor and in June i head north to Ipoh.

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)

Taman Tasik, Taiping , malaysia. June, 2020. Taman Tasik and Bukit Larut in Taiping were my favourite places. Next to Penang, then Sungai Petani, Alor Setar in Kedah state. Caught the boat to Langkawi.

Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler ( Mixornis gularis )

Langkawi.. July 11th, 2020. Across the water to Kuala Perlis, East to the Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu, Kapas Island, Cherating.

Van Hasselt's Sunbird - male
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana) – male

Perhentian Kecil, malaysia. July 22nd, 2020.. August I was in Kuantan, then Jerantut, back to the Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, Taiping,

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )

Taiping, malaysia. August 15th, 2020. North again to Penang, and Langkawi.

Great Hornbill    - female
Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) – female

Langkawi. September 30th, 2020.

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

Langkawi. October 17th, 2020. The next few months saw me still in Langkawi.

Gray-headed Lapwing
Gray-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Langkawi. November 14th, 2020.

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

Langkawi. December 11th, 2020. And that is it, It is now the last day of 2020. All in all, it has been a pretty good year, despite all the dramas and disasters.

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December 30, 2020

Taking Bird Photos 201230

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Tangkap Gambar Burung di Langkawi

I went straight down the road to Kedawang and took the road that goes along the airport. I stopped next to the YatieRose Cafe, and just wandered along the road. There were a fair few birds this morning, mainly feeding on the fruiting trees. I even got a tick. I thought it was a Eurasian Tree Sparrow, doh!

Plain-backed Sparrow  - male
Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus) – male

The malay name is Pipit Perut Kuning. This is the first time I have photographed these ones.

Plain-backed Sparrow
Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus)

Not sure if this one is a female or juvenile.

Black-headed Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul (Brachypodius atriceps)

Malay name is Merbah Siam.

Black-headed Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul (Brachypodius atriceps)

Common Hill Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

The malay name is Tiung-Emas Biasa. These ones were eating the seeds out of the Buah Jering .

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti ) , Berek-berek Ekor Pendek Asia

Greater Coucal
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis) , Bubut Besar Asia

Common Snipe
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Little Grebe
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) , Tetimbul Kecil Biasa

Langkawi bird list

Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus) , Pipit Perut Kuning
Asian Glossy starling
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis) , Bubut Besar Asia
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) , Ruak-ruak Biasa
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) , Merbuk Biasa
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) , Tekukur Jerum Timur
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) , Kelicap Mayang Kelabu
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Cattle Egret
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) , Tetimbul Kecil Biasa
Red-wattled Lapwing
Black-headed Bulbul (Brachypodius atriceps), Merbah Siam
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus) , Merbah Mata Merah Biasa
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) , Tirjup Biasa
White-throated Kingfisher
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) , Tiung-Emas Biasa
Striated Heron
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti ) , Berek-berek Ekor Pendek Asia

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December 22, 2020

Illegal Bird Netting

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Cenang Reed Beds

Me and Thomas went to the Cenang Reed Beds this morning after a bit of a break. It was a nice sunny day, with a little bit of wind. Nothing new, but a couple of decent photos.

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

Chestnut Munia
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla)

Malay name is Ciak-padi Rawa Biasa.

Brahminy Kite - juvenile
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Malay name is Helang-tembikar Merah.

Red Collared-dove
Red Collared-dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

The malay name is Tekukur Merah.

WARNING – Gruesome content ahead. Birds in nets.

We saw this bird net strung across this pond. It was pretty gruesome and disgusting. The birds were entangled in the nets, not sure if they were dead. See the law below, which clearly states that it is illegal.

“Hunting wildlife with poison, etc.
79. (1) Any person who, whether he is a licensed hunter, a holder
of a special permit or otherwise, sets, places or uses any poison, bait,
poisoned bait, birdlime or net for the purpose of hunting any wildlife
commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not
exceeding fifty thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding two years or to both. ” (Act 716, Wildlife Conservation Act, 2010)

http://www.agc.gov.my/agcportal/uploads/files/Act%20716%20-%208%2010%202014.pdf

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Bird Netting
Bird Netting

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing

Common Myna
Common Myna

Yellow Bittern
Yellow Bittern

Langkawi bird list

White-bellied Sea-eagle
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) Helang-tembikar Merah
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Pond-heron sp.
Cattle Egret
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Common Myna
Baya Weaver
Brown Shrike
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) Kunyit Besar
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla) Ciak-padi Rawa Biasa
Red Collared-dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) Tekukur Merah
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

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December 16, 2020

Mountain Birding 201216

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Gunung Raya – Langkawi

Yesterday morning we woke up early and headed up the mountain. The day was clear and no clouds. We stopped at the hornbill tree, but no dice. Then sped up the mountain and saw a few birds near the top. Drifted down just listening and looking around. Stopped a few times until this random spot picked up a few birds that came in and surrounded us. I ended up with one tick and an unidentifiable Phylloscopus sp.

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

“Small, active warbler with greenish upperparts, white underparts, distinct pale yellowish eyebrow, and distinct pale wingbars (upper wingbar short and less distinct). Overlaps in range with many other warbler species; compare especially with Hume’s Warbler, Pallas’s Leaf Warbler, and Two-barred Warbler. Breeds in mid- to high-elevation forests and winters in a wide range of wooded and scrubby habitats, where usually rather active; sometimes hovers to pick bugs from leaf tips. Call a distinctive, 2-syllable, upslurred “tsu-weet.” Song is a very high, thin series of alternating long and short notes: “tseee-ts’a’wi-tseeeee.”” (ebird)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

Pin-striped Tit-babbler
Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Mixornis gularis)

Is this Mixornis gularis chersonesophilus or Mixornis gularis gularis ?

Pin-striped Tit-babbler
Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Mixornis gularis)

Identifying features include: Wings and tail rufous brown, Mantle and back light brown, rufous crown, Yellow supercilium, underparts pale yellow, fine black streaks on lower throat and breast. (NUS wiki)

Phylloscopus Sp.
Phylloscopus Sp.

It could possibly be an Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) but is not possible to identify without the call. Thanks Nikolas Haas for the help.

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird  - male
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis) – male

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird  - female
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis) – female

Spectacled Langur
Spectacled Langur (Trachypithecus obscurus)

Also known as spectacled leaf monkey, or Dusky Leaf Monkey.

Langkawi bird list

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma)
Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Mixornis gularis)
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis)
Phylloscopus Sp.

Resources: http://www.planetofbirds.com/passeriformes-sylviidae-arctic-warbler-phylloscopus-borealis
http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=1518&Bird_Image_ID=60460
https://wiki.nus.edu.sg/display/TAX/Mixornis+gularis+-+Pin-striped+Tit-Babbler

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December 11, 2020

Along the Ridgeline 201211

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Temoyong Creek Road

Once again, me and Thomas went off to the road to Temoyong Creek. There are a few dead trees on the ridge line and they seem to attract quite a few birds. This morning gave us quite a few surprises.

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

Wreathed Hornbill  - female
Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus)

I think this one is a female but it has the wrong colour pouch under the throat. (Edit: It is an immature female, thanks Chai.)

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

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

Pink-necked Green-Pigeon - female
Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans) – female

The Pink-necked Green-Pigeon can be identified by its pale green bill, pale green wing, Black flight feathers, Chestnut undertail coverts and Black Subterminal tail band.

Paddyfield Pipit
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

I just like the background on this photo.

Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

Langkawi bird list

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo pacifica)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus)
Common Myna
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia)
Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

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December 9, 2020

Back of Temoyong 201209

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Somewhere in Temoyong

Me and Tom found a new track opposite the Temoyong Creek Road. It was a pretty rough track and weaved between fields and a hill. We found a goat track up the hill and got eaten alive by leeches. I learned a good rememdy against leeches. Soak a cigarette in some water and rub the water on your legs. I have no idea if this works. I just pick them off my legs when i see them.

Laced Woodpecker
Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus)

Laced Woodpecker
Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus)

Dark-necked Tailorbird
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)

Langkawi bird list

Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Dollarbird
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Red-eyed Bulbul
Pacific Swallow
Black-naped Oriole

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