Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 19, 2020

Bottom of Maxwell Hill

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Kaki Bukit Larut , Taiping

I got up early this morning, had my Mee Hoon Soup and Kopi-o and waited for my Grab taxi to Kaki Bukit Larut, the bottom of Maxwell Hill. I trudged up the hill for a while, but there was nothing around, just some screeching Agile Gibbons, so I headed back down and went along the flat track towards the water-fall. I had a bit more luck there. I was quite astounded to see so many different primates, so I am putting them up first!

Agile Gibbon
Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis)

“The Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis), also known as the black-handed gibbon, is an Old World primate in the gibbon family. It is found in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, Malaysia, and southern Thailand.” (wiki)

Agile Gibbon
Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis)

Dusky Leaf Monkey
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)

The Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus) is also known as the spectacled langur monkey or spectacled leaf monkey.

Dusky Leaf Monkey
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)

Mothers had their babies tucked up underneath them holding on for dear life.

Dusky Leaf Monkey - male
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus) – male

I think this might have been the alpha male. He acted like he was the boss.

Southern Pig-tailed Macaque
Southern Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)

“The southern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina), also known as the Sundaland pig-tailed macaque and Sunda pig-tailed macaque, is a medium-sized macaque that lives in southern Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is known locally as the beruk.” (wiki)

Banded Woodpecker
Banded Woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceum)

“The banded woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceum) or the banded red woodpecker is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.”(wiki)

Gray-rumped Treeswift
Gray-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis)

Asian Fairy-bluebird
Asian Fairy-bluebird (Irena puella)

The light was horrendous for this photo, as it was for most of my photos today, doh!

Purple-naped Spiderhunter/Sunbird
Purple-naped Spiderhunter (Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum)

“The purple-naped Spiderhunter(Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum) is a species of bird in the family Nectariniidae. It is the only species in the genus Kurochkinegramma. It is found in Southeast Asia from Myanmar to Sumatra and Borneo. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

A study published in 2011 appeared to show that the purple-naped sunbird was phylogenetically nested within the genus Arachnothera. A subsequent 2017 study, conducted by some of the same authors and using additional sequence data, found that the purple-naped spiderhunter occupied a basal position to Arachnothera. It was formerly placed in the genus Hypogramma until it was realised that the name was preoccupied within Lepidoptera.” (wiki)

Taiping Bukit Larut bird list

Purple-naped Spiderhunter (Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum)
Banded Woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceum)
Asian Fairy-bluebird (Irena puella)
Gray-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)

Primates

Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis)
Southern Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)
Long-tailed Macaque

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June 18, 2020

Taiping Perak Tiga

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Taman Tasik , Taiping, Perak.

Another morning at the Taman Tasik. It was not a very nice morning. All overcast and cloudy and later on it started to rain a bit. Eventually the sun came out, but too late.

Pied Triller
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)

I have only seen the Pied Triller before in Sabah and Singapore.

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)

Common Iora
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)

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

Oriental Pied Hornbill  - Juvenile
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) – Juvenile

Paddyfield Pipit
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

tortoise
Tortoise

Taiping bird list

Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) – Juvenile
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)
Asian Glossy Starling
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

mal200618

June 17, 2020

Taiping Perak Dua

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Taman Tasik, Taiping, Perak

Back again to the Taman Tasik this morning. The sun came out as well but there were not heaps of birds, despite the good conditions. I did manage to rescue the situation with a few good birds.

Crimson-winged Woodpecker - male
Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus)

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)

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

Red-eyed Bulbul
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)

Catfish feeding
Catfish feeding

Some boys were throwing fish food into the pond and the catfish were going crazy.

Taiping bird list

Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus)
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)
Asian Glossy Starling
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)

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June 16, 2020

Taiping Perak Birding

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Taman Tasik, Taiping

Well here I am in Taiping. This morning I got up early and headed up the road to Taman Tasik. I had to dodge and weave all the joggers and dancing aunties, but i managed to find a few birds. The weather was pretty bad. It rained for a while and had to shelter with the tai-chi mommas.

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)

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

Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus galgulus)

Thick-billed Green Pigeon
Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)

Common Iora
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)

unknown raptor. id help please
Rufous-bellied Eagle (Lophotriorchis kienerii)

Taiping bird list

Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus galgulus)
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)
Asian Glossy Starling
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Rufous-bellied Eagle (Lophotriorchis kienerii)

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June 15, 2020

Eagle Mountain in Ipoh

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Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang

This morning, after a kopi-o and some mie goreng, I jumped into a Grab taxi and headed off the to Gunung Lang Park, just outside of Ipoh. Gunung Lang means “Eagle Mountain”, but there were no eagles. The hills are limestone karsts, with a lake at the bottom of them.

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

I was really surprised to see a few Red-wattled Lapwings here. I thought that they were only in India and Sri Lanka.

Zebra Dove
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

Jungle Myna
Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus)

I think I am right here, but it could well be a Javan Myna. I think they are next to impossible to tell them apart.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

Water Monitor
Water Monitor

Ipoh bird list

Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Oriental Magpie-robin
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Zebra Dove
Spotted Dove
Asian Glossy Starling
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus)

Water Monitor

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June 14, 2020

Ipoh Perak Birding

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Kinta RiverWalk

After three months at Pangkor Island, it was good to get out again and do some birding, and see something different. I walked along the Kinta River. There was some nice bush along the track and I saw quite a few joggers and bike-riders out and about on a Sunday.

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)

There was a largish colony of Baya Weavers on the banks of the river and they were all out and about collecting materials for the nests.

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)

Doing some work on the nest.

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

This was a bit of a change from seeing Striated Herons every single day.

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

This is a very nice little photo of a very common bird.

Little Egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

I was hoping for a Chinese Egret but to no avail. The yellow feet and the black bill seemed to seal it for me.

Smooth-coated Otter
Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)

Everywhere I go, I see otters.

water monitor
Water Monitor

Ipoh bird list

Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
House Swift (Apus nipalensis)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Zebra Dove
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Cattle Egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Asian Glossy Starling
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Asian koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Oriental Magpie-Robin
Javan/Jungle Myna

Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)
Water Monitor

June 11, 2020

Last Day in Pangkor

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Sungai Pinang Kecil Birds

I have been on Pangkor Island for three months in lockdown. These photos have been sitting in my camera for weeks. Tomorrow I am heading off again because the lockdown is changed and we can move around to interstate areas in Malaysia. Tomorrow I am going to Ipoh, and then north to Taiping and then into Kedah and wherever.

Striated Heron


Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Oriental Pied Hornbill


Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

This is a chick getting fed by an adult.

Oriental Pied Hornbill


Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

This is an adult preening.

May 6, 2020

Birds from the wharf

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Backyard Birding in Pulau Pangkor

These photos are all that I have taken in a week or so. I have taken photos of all the birds except the Black-naped Terns.

Black-naped Tern
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)

These tern were out in the middle of the channel, about half a kilometer away. I was lucky to get a semi-usable photo. I thought they may have been White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) but the good folk at #BirdTheFeckAtHome facebook group set me straight.

Black-naped Tern
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

House Crow
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Whingeing in the rain.

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Javan Myna
Javan Myna ( Acridotheres javanicus )

Smooth-coated Otter
Smooth-coated Otter ( Lutrogale perspicillata)

A pair of Smooth-coated Otter frolicking around in the shallows near my guest-house. They are pretty wary, but. As soon as you stick your head out and they see you, they are off.

Smooth-coated Otter
Smooth-coated Otter ( Lutrogale perspicillata)

Pulau Pangkor bird list

Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana) yes
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Javan Myna ( Acridotheres javanicus )

Water Monitor , Biawak in malay.
Smooth-coated Otter ( Lutrogale perspicillata)

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April 21, 2020

Quarantine Island

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Lockdown from the Backyard

These are some of the photos from the last few days here at Pangkor Island, Malaysia. I have seen most of these birds every day, it is almost like groundhog day. The only exception today was that I saw a pair of Collared Kingfishers.

Common Myna
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

A very common bird and considered a pest in a lot of places.

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Just after catching a fish. I have been trying to get a shot of a sea eagle catching a fish. Still not quite there yet. I can do better.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher ( Todiramphus chloris)

This is the first time I have seen these around here.

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

sunrise over the mainland
Sunrise

Amazing sunrise this morning. I should get up early more often.

Pangkor Island bird list

Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Collared Kingfisher ( Todiramphus chloris)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
House Crow (Corvus spendens)
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

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April 19, 2020

Two Islands

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Pulau Pangkor and Pulau Banggi

I have been in lockdown now in Malaysia for a month and it looks like continuing until the end of April at least. So, for something to do I dug out all the orphan files I took on my DSLR and here I present them to you.

Small boat
Small boat

This is a small fishing boat heading out to sea from Pulau Pangkor, on the west coast of mainland Malaysia, in the state of Perak. That is the mainland in the background.

Larger trawler
Larger trawler

These larger trawlers are made here on the island from wood. I can see a couple right now being built from my guesthouse.

Another trawler
Another trawler

Cleaning nets
Cleaning nets

This is the fish farm out the front of my jetty.

Monkey beach
Monkey beach

This is the beach on Banggi Island right at the tip of Sabah in the north.

Looking for shellfish
Looking for shellfish

At low tide, the locals would go out looking for shellfish on the reef just out from the river-mouth.

Fishermen at river-mouth
Fishermen at river-mouth

Looking for molluscs
Looking for molluscs

Dragging along the sand looking for what I call pippies.

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