Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 5, 2020

Bukit Malut 201105

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Bukit Malut Road

This morning I went to the Hutan Simpan Kekal Bukit Malut – a Permanent Forest Reserve consisting of 1239 hectares. Most of it was pretty nice jungle. I was expecting some sort of activity, and there was a little but not a lot.

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris)

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris)

Common Tailorbird
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)

Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

dragonfly
dragonfly

Backlit leaves
Backlit leaves

Langkawi bird list

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris)
Crimson Sunbird ( Aethopyga siparaja)
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Brahminy Kite
Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

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November 3, 2020

New Road 201103

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Road past Hornbill Resort – Langkawi

I found a new road that goes past the Hornbill Resort. On one side is a hill with lots of jungle bush and on the other side was rice paddies.

Black-headed Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul (Brachypodius melanocephalos)

“The black-headed bulbul was originally described in the genus Turdus. It was later moved to the large bulbul genus Pycnonotus as Pycnonotus atriceps. Pycnonotus was found to be polyphyletic in recent molecular phylogeny studies and the species transferred to Brachypodius with the species epithet melanocephalos, which has priority over atriceps.” (wiki)

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

He has got a beetle or something like that.

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

Dollarbird
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

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

Spectacled Langur
Spectacled Langur (Trachypithecus obscurus)

Also known as the Spectacled Leaf Monkey.

Slender Squirrel
Slender Squirrel (Sundasciurus tenuis)

Maybe this one, part of the Sunda Tree Squirrels – Genus Sundasciurus.

Langkawi bird list

Black-headed Bulbul (Brachypodius melanocephalos)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Cattle Egret
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Pond-heron
Brown-throated Bee-eater ((Anthreptes malacensis)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Crested Goshawk
White-throated Kingfisher
Pacific Swallow
Dollarbird
Brahminy Kite
Common Myna
White-headed Munia

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November 1, 2020

Langkawi Birding 201101

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Cenang Reed Beds

This morning I got up late. I went down to the beach to take some photos of the surfers but it was flat. So off I went to Cenang Reed Beds. Nothing new but a couple of nice photos.

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

Dollarbird
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

Grey-headed Swamphen
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)

Oriental Pied Hornbills   and House Crow
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) and House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Different Species singing in harmony. Ebony and Ivory.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

“Lang Merah Kawi or Lang Kawi is the real name in Malay for the Brahminy Kite. Chestnut brown/reddish brown is called merah kawi in old malay or just simply kawi.” (Ahmad Hermi).

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

This Brown Shrike has got an extended lower mandible I think.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis )

Langkawi bird list

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Lesser Whistling Duck
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Spotted Dove
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Olive-backed Sunbird
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Striated Heron
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis )

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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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