Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 15, 2020

Taiping Birding August 15

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 10:02 am

Taman Tasik – Taiping – Perak

I had a day off yesterday. This morning I got up after seven am, had breakfast and wandered up to the lake park. It was a pretty good morning with no new birds, but a few interesting photos. You can be the judge of that.

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )

A Crested Goshawk was eating a prey in tree. There was another one with it but it did not share the meal, which looked like it might have been a squirrel or something furry like that.

Common Iora
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )

This is a female Common Iora. It sat up right in front of me, obligingly.

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow ( Hirundo tahitica )

Common Flameback  - male
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) – male

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )

Grey Heron
Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea )

Pigtail Macaque - female
Pigtail Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)

“When a female reaches sexual maturity at 3 years of age, she can present herself to males with her anogenital swelling during estrus for reproduction. When this time comes, the female will show her backside, including her anogenital swelling, and look over her shoulder at the male. The male will then draw back his ears and push his lips outward. (Cawthon Lang, 2009)” ( https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Macaca_nemestrina/ )

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Coppersmith Barbet ( Psilopogon haemacephalus )
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )
Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Black-crowned Night-Heron ( Nycticorax nycticorax )
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea )
Pink-necked Green-pigeon ( Treron vernans )
White-throated Kingfisher
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Oriental Magpie-robin
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
Pacific Swallow ( Hirundo tahitica )

mal200815

August 13, 2020

Taiping August 13

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 9:02 am

Taman Tasik Taiping

13th August, 2020. Once more into the breach. I walked along the side of the lake this morning, going anti-clockwise. Then I followed a few paths into the center of the park and back and forth.

Common Myna
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

I felt like doing some portraits today. I quite like Common Mynas, despite their bad name.

Common Myna
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)

Pied Triller
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )

Grey Heron
Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea )

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )

In the same tree again today.

Spectacled Leaf Monkey
Spectacled Leaf Monkey ( Trachypithecus obscurus )

Eating a flower.

Spectacled Leaf Monkey
Spectacled Leaf Monkey ( Trachypithecus obscurus )

Also known as Spectacled Langur.

flower with visitors
flower and visitors

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Striated Heron ( Butorides striata )
Black-crowned Night-Heron ( Nycticorax nycticorax )
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea )
Pink-necked Green-pigeon ( Treron vernans )
White-throated Kingfisher
Yellow-vented Bulbul

Spectacled Leaf Monkey or Spectacled Langur, ( Trachypithecus obscurus )

mal200813

August 12, 2020

Taiping August 12

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 7:30 am

Kaki Bukit Larut – Taiping.

It rained all last night and thankfully it stopped about sunup, so I had breakfast and went up the road to Maxwell Hill. I climbed a couple of hundred meters or so, but that was enough for me so I came down and pottered around in the scrub at the bottom of the hill.

Red-throated Barbet  -female
Red-throated Barbet ( Megalaima mystacophanos ) -female

I was hoping for one tick at least, but I had already seen this barbet in Thailand. Doh! And the next one. It has been a while since I have seen a new bird.

Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike ( Hemipus hirundinaceus )

This is either a female or a juvenile. The Malay Name Rembah Sayap Hitam.

Blue-throated Bee-eater  - juvenile
Blue-throated Bee-eater ( Merops viridis ) – juvenile

Blue-throated Bee-eater
Blue-throated Bee-eater ( Merops viridis )

Olive-winged Bulbul
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)

Butterfly
Butterfly

This butterfly was gliding away high up in the canopy. Weird.

Bukit Larut bird list

Red-throated Barbet ( Megalaima mystacophanos )
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike ( Hemipus hirundinaceus )
Blue-throated Bee-eater ( Merops viridis )
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Red-eyed Bulbul ( Pycnonotus brunneus )
Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros )
Asian Glossy Starling
Barn Swallow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Yellow-vented Bulbul
White-throated Kingfisher

mal200812

August 11, 2020

Taiping August 11

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 7:03 am

Taman Tasik – Taiping

I got into Taiping yesterday without a hitch. I had to walk nearly a kilometer in the heat, but my room was air-conditioned, so I crashed and had a cool rest. This morning I went around the lake.

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )

Seen before in Singapore earlier this year.

Long-tailed Parakeet
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)

The Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda) or Burung Bayan Nuri in Malay is a parakeet endemic to the regions of Andaman and Nicobar islands, Sumatra, Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia (including Singapore). (wiki)

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )

With a young one.

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )

Asian Glossy Starling
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

Refusing to feed the kids until they stop screaming.

Common Flameback   - female
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) – female

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris )

Common Iora
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )

Spectacled Leaf Monkey
Spectacled Leaf Monkey or Spectacled Langur, ( Trachypithecus obscurus )

With a baby.

Taman Tasik Taiping bird list

Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )
Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros )
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris )
Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea )
Little Egret
Intermediate Egret
Brahminy Kite
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
Zebra Dove
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)
Striated Heron ( Butorides striata )
Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans)
Barn Swallow
Oriental Magpie-robin
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )

Spectacled Leaf Monkey, Spectacled Langur, ( Trachypithecus obscurus )

Resources:
Ebird Taman Tasik – https://ebird.org/malaysia/hotspot/L3542477?yr=all&m=&rank=lrec

mal200811

August 10, 2020

East Malay Peninsular

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 1:46 am

Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak Tourist photos

Here are my tourist photos off my phone. Will I get another point and shoot camera? I really do not know. It would be a lot more useful, but the camera takes reasonable photos and it is one less thing to carry.

The boat to Perhentians
The boat to Perhentians

You get the boat from Kuala Besut. From Kota Bharu, I got the bus to the jetty at Kuala Besut and then hopped on the boat to Perhentian Kecil.

Pulau Kapas
Pulau Kapas

I spent a couple of days on Kapas Island. I took some photos of the locals surfing and went for a snorkel. The water was really clear here. Heaps better than the western side of the Malay peninsular.

Kapas Beach
Kapas Beach

I was told that monsoon season is the go for surfing – from November to January.

Cherating river mangroves
Cherating river mangroves

I went for a river cruise at Cherating. It was well worth it – we saw a couple of snakes and some nice birds.

Waterfall
Waterfall

Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang
Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang

Eagle Mountain park in Ipoh. I went for another boat ride to the other side of the lake. No birds but it is a nice place to visit.

Chinese temple
Chinese temple

At a chinese temple by the river at Ipoh. There was an annex with all these spiral incence sticks burning furiously away.

mal200810p

August 9, 2020

Eagle Mountain Ipoh

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 6:11 am

Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang

I got up late this morning – 7:15am. I made it to the chinese restaurant down the road and had some Mie Goreng and Kopi-O. I grabbed a Grab and got to the Gunung Lang Park. I wandered around for a while until the 9am boat started off, then went to the other side of the lake. I wandered around but there was not much around. Meh!

Java Sparrow
Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora)

I am pretty sure these are escaped pets. I saw a lot of Java Sparrows in a pet shop in Ipoh.

Java Sparrow
Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora)

Javan Myna
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)

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

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

I thought I should finally take a photo of one of these very common birds here in Malaysia.

Long-tailed Macaque
Long-tailed Macaque

A very pensive shot. So moody. He is trying to deconstruct E equals M x C squared.

Gunung Lang Park bird list

Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Malaysian Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Barn Swallow ( Hirundo rustica )
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Gray Heron
Asian Glossy Starling
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)

mal200809

August 8, 2020

Ipoh August 8

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 4:26 am

DR Seenivasagam Recreational Park

After a horrendous bus ride down the mountain from the Cameron Highlands, I made it to Ipoh, Perak. Needless to say, I was very hot and grumpy. This morning I grabbed a Grab and headed to the DR Seenivasagam Recreational Park to look for some birds. After that I took a leisurely stroll along the Kinta River Walk.

Water Monitor and Striated Heron
Water Monitor and Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Black-crowned Night-heron
Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Zebra Dove
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)

Malaysian Pied Fantail
Malaysian Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Lineated Barbet
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)

White-breasted Kingfisher
White-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

I caught him hiding under the bridge.

Ipoh bird list

Malaysian Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)
White-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Common Myna

mal200808

August 6, 2020

Cameron Highlands August 6

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 11:06 am

Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata

Another romp in the forest this morning. There were so many birds because the sun came out and they flocked around. So much editing.

Red-bearded Bee-eater
Red-bearded Bee-eater ( Nyctyornis amictus )

Red-bearded Bee-eater
Red-bearded Bee-eater ( Nyctyornis amictus )

Yellow-breasted Warbler
Yellow-breasted Warbler ( Phylloscopus montis )

Long-tailed sibia
Long-tailed sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)

Little Pied Flycatcher
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)

Streaked Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)

Mountain Fulvetta
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus)

Blue Whistling-Thrush
Blue Whistling-Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)

Yellow-bellied Prinia
Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris)

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush
Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Pterorhinus mitratus)

Hume's White-eye
Hume’s White-eye (Zosterops auriventer )

Gray-chinned Minivet   - female
Gray-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris) – female

Lesser Green Leafbird
Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon)

Mountain Bulbul
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)

Cameron Highlands bird list

Red-bearded Bee-eater ( Nyctyornis amictus )
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus)
Yellow-breasted Warbler ( Phylloscopus montis )
Long-tailed sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)
Blue Whistling-Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)
Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Pterorhinus mitratus)
Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris)
oriental magpie-robin
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)
Gray-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)
Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon)
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)
Hume’s White-eye (Zosterops auriventer )
Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata)
Large-billed Crow

Resources:

Whistling Thrushes in Malaysia


Guide – Jalis Ardi, phone +6013 938 2810

mal200806

August 5, 2020

Cameron Highlands August 5

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 7:24 am

Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata

This morning I got up at 7am, loaded my camera up and took off down to the warung for a bungkus nasi lemak and a kopi-o. Then I headed into the bush. It was a very overcast day , so the light was terrible, plus most of the time I was underneath the canopy. And that is why most of these photos are crap!

Fire-tufted Barbet
Fire-tufted Barbet ( Psilopogon pyrolophus )

Fire-tufted Barbet
Fire-tufted Barbet ( Psilopogon pyrolophus )

Hume's White-eye
Hume’s White-eye (Zosterops auriventer )

Common Green-Magpie
Common Green-Magpie ( Cissa chinensis )

Slaty-backed Forktail
Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus )

I think there is some kind of display going on.

Silver-eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesia ( Leiothrix argentauris )

Cameron Highlands bird list

Common Green-Magpie ( Cissa chinensis )
Fire-tufted Barbet ( Psilopogon pyrolophus )
Hume’s White-eye (Zosterops auriventer )
Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus )
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)
Silver-eared Mesia ( Leiothrix argentauris )
Oriental Magpie-robin

mal200805

August 3, 2020

Jerantut Birding 2020

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 8:47 am

Jerantut, Pahang

I arrived in Jerantut yesterday afternoon and had to rouse my hostel owner because there was no-one at home. This morning I went for a walk out of town and came across this road along the Sungai Betong, which was actually more like a drain.

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris )

There were a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills perched on the traffic lights.

Common Myna and female Asian Koel
Common Myna and female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)

Watching each other.

Rufous Woodpecker
Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus)

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

Snail without a shell
Snail without a shell

Just slithering across the road without his home on his back.

I do not know what this is
No idea

I have no idea what this is. It looks like it was a fruit and it was hanging down off a tree.

Jerantut bird list

Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus)
Common Flameback ( Dinopium javanense )
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker ( Dicaeum cruentatum )
Common Iora ( Aegithina tiphia )
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Oriental Magpie-robin
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris )
Common Myna
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Asian Glossy Starling

mal200803

« Newer PostsOlder Posts »

Powered by WordPress