Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 22, 2020

Malaysian Tourist Photos

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Singapore to Pulau Pangkor

After a few days bird-watching in Singapore, I headed north to Mersing, then east towards Melaka, Port Dickson, and then north to the Cameron Highlands, and I am now at Pangkor Island.

Mersing
Mersing

The river at Mersing. From here the boats go to Pulau Tioman.

Old Ship
Old Ship

An old ship replica at Melaka. I think it is a museum inside.

Hindu celebration
Hindu celebration

In Melaka I discovered a festival. I had no idea what it was for.

Smashing Coconuts
Smashing Coconuts

Everyone was having fun smashing coconuts on the road. It looked like fun.

Melaka River Cruise
Melaka River Cruise

A lot of the houses were colourful along the river. The cruise along the river cost thirty ringgit for foreigners.

A trawler docked at Little Penang kampung
A trawler

There were so many trawlers docked near where I am staying in Pulau Pangkor. Fishing is a big industry here.

Abandoned Resort in Hutan Lipur
Abandoned Resort

There were so many abandoned resorts on Pulau Pangkor. I have no idea why. This one was right next to the beach and had a beautiful jungle right behind it.

A beach on Pulau Pangkor
A beach

This is Teluk Nipah. There are a few beaches along this side of the island. I went for a swim at one and about chest height the bottom turned to mud. I was not impressed.

Rain from my guest house
Rain from my guest house

In the morning it was drizzling a little bit and later I heard thunder in the distance. Luckily I made it back to shelter before it starting pouring rain.

Ghost ship Coming out of the fog
Ghost ship

Coming out of the morning fog.

Heading for dock at Sungai Pinang Kecil
Heading for dock

It turned out it was not a ghost ship after all. Just a foggy morning.

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March 21, 2020

Pangkor Island 5

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Pulau Pangkor – Teluk Nipah

Yesterday afternoon I went up to the mountain between Sungai Pinang Kechil and Teluk Dalam. I stopped a few times and was rewarded with some good views of Cream-vented Bulbuls. This morning I went to Teluk Nipah and walked along the track to the waterfall. Not much there and it started to rain a little bit. Lucky I got back early beacause it poured later on.

Great Hornbill
Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)

I think this one might be a male. I mistook it for an Oriental Pied Hornbill. Lucky I checked in the book. The last one i saw was in periyar, Kerala, india in 2017.

Cream-vented Bulbul
Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex)

The Malay Name is Merbah Mata Putih. You cannot mistake these ones with the huge white eyes.

Cream-vented Bulbul
Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex)

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

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

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

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

grey glider
grey glider

Not its real name. They are grey and they glide so gracefully.

Pulau Pangkor bird list

Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)
Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

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March 20, 2020

Pangkor Island 4

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Pulau Pangkor – Hutan Lipur

I grabbed my rental motorbike at about 8am and set off around the island pas Telok Dalam to Hutan Lipur, a bit of forest that has been forgotten about with a wrecked road and a resort at the end of it that is deserted. After that, I kept going to Telok Nipah and found a few more birds. Nothing new today, it was actually a bit of a dud. But you never know.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

The striated heron (Butorides striata) is also known as mangrove heron or little heron.

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Common Hill Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

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

You would not know that this photo was out of focus, would you? Unless I told you.

Pulau Pangkor bird list

Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Olive-backed Sunbird
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Brahminy Kite
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Resources: Black-crowned Night Heron Identification.

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March 19, 2020

Pangkor Island 3

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Pulau Pangkor 3 – Telok Dalam

I got on the motorbike early this morning and I had got to a track just after the sun would come up. The only problem was it was overcast so there were not that many birds around. Eventually after doing a lot of searching I came up with a couple of new birds and some relatively decent photos. So the morning was not a complete waste.

Forest Wagtail
Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus)

“The Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus) is a medium-sized passerine bird in the wagtail family Motacillidae. It has a distinctive plumage that sets it apart from other wagtails and has the habit of wagging its tail sideways unlike the usual up and down movements of the other wagtail species.” (wiki)

Forest Wagtail
Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus)

From the side, showing the two white wing stripes. From the front, they have two black bands.

Van Hasselt's Sunbird
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana)

Van Hasselt’s Sunbird used to be considered a subspecies of the purple-throated sunbird. The Malay name is Kelicap Belacan Biasa.

Van Hasselt's Sunbird
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana)

From the front showing the layers of colours.

Changeable Lizard
Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

Also known as the oriental garden lizard or the eastern garden lizard.

Long-tailed Macaques
Long-tailed Macaques

They used their tails to balance as they walked along the tight-rope wire.

Pulau Pangkor bird list

Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus)
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana)
scarlet-backed flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
common tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Olive-backed Sunbird
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Brahminy Kite

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March 18, 2020

Pangkor Island 2

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Pulau Pangkor – Sungai Pinang Kechil

I hired a motorbike this morning to go see around the island of Pangkor. I stopped at a few chinese cemeteries and got some photos of some bulbuls. There were heaps of Oriental Pied Hornbills around. Last night I counted more than twenty near the road just before sunset. I went right around the island. I was a bit late so I did not worry about chasing birds so much as discovering places that I could come back to later. I found quite a few. Let us see what tomorrow may bring.

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

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

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

Pangkor Island bird list

Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
Javan or Jungle Myna ?
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Resources: Javan Myna vs Jungle Myna identification
https://ron-nature-adventure.blogspot.com/2012/03/javan-myna-versus-jungle-myna.html

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March 17, 2020

Pangkor Island 1

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Pulau Pangkor – Sungai Pinang Kechil

I got the bus from the Cameron Islands really early, like 8am, and I did not get to Pulau Pangkor until late in the afternoon, 3pm. Such a massive journey. I found my guest house and settled in. This morning I was up a bit late, and went for a walk along the road that circles the island.

Common Hill Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

“Glossy black myna with bright yellow head wattles. Also note bright candlewax-orange bill and white wing patches that are most apparent in flight. A species of mature humid forest and forest edge, often seen in pairs or small flocks flying between or perched up in tall trees. Famed for its wide repertoire: gives a myriad of screams, squeaks, chirps, and whistles. Threatened by its popularity in the cage bird trade.” (ebird)

Germain's Swiftlet
Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

House Crow
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

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

Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

“The Asian brown flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. The word Muscicapa comes from the Latin musca, a fly and capere, to catch. The specific dauurica refers to Dauria, an area of south-eastern Siberia named after a local nomadic tribe.” (wiki)

Long-tailed Macaque
Long-tailed Macaque

Pulau Pangkor bird list

Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani)
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Olive-winged Bulbul
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Black-naped Oriole
Jungle Myna (Acidotheres fuscus)
Common Myna (Acidotheres tristis)
Asian Glossy Starling
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster )
Brahminy Kite
Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Resources:
ID help for Common Sandpiper – https://www.hirenkhambhayta.com/gallery/common-sandpiper/

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March 14, 2020

Trail 4.3

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Cameron Highlands – Tanah Rata Day Three

This morning I got up a bit later and wandered down to the start of the Trail 4. There were some black clouds up above the mountain, and it was a bit cold and windy. Consequently there were far fewer birds around than yesterday. All in all a very lean morning’s birding. And the photos are not that great either! Very low light and hard to get decent focus.

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

Yellow-breasted warbler
Yellow-breasted warbler (Phylloscopus montis)

Mountain Fulvetta
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

Yewww. Such a bad photo. I still have not got a good one of these Mountain Fulvettas.

Mountain Tailorbird
Mountain Tailorbird (Orthotomus cucullatus)

Cameron Highlands bird list
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)
Mountain Tailorbird (Orthotomus cucullatus)
Yellow-breasted warbler (Phylloscopus montis)
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

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March 13, 2020

Trail 4.2

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Cameron Highlands – Tanah Rata Day Two

This morning I was up at 7am and had my coffee before setting off to the start of Trail 4 again. This morning there were so many birds. I got a bit lost in knowing where to shoot sometimes. Most of the time, the light was pretty crap, so I had difficulty getting decent photos. But I persisted.

Streaked Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)

Black-and-crimson Oriole
Black-and-crimson Oriole (Oriolus cruentus)

“The Black-and-crimson Oriole (Oriolus cruentus) is a species of bird in the family Oriolidae. It is found in Indonesia and Malaysia where its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.” (wiki)

Javan Cuckooshrike
Javan Cuckooshrike (Coracina javensis)

Eastern-crowned Warbler
Eastern-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)

I think this is right. It is so hard to tell with these stupid warblers.

Golden Babbler
Golden Babbler (Cyanoderma chrysaeum)

Ermagerd, it is way out of focus, this photo but such a great bird. Record shot only.

Black-eared Shrike-babbler
Black-eared Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius melanotis)

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

Mugimaki Flycatcher
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)

Or is it a Rufous-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula dumetoria), which it could not be because it is way out of range?

Unknown Bird
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus)

Unknown Warbler, maybe
Yellow-breasted warbler (Phylloscopus montis)

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

This is such a bad photo. But it is a pretty cool bird.

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

Mountain Tailorbird
Mountain Tailorbird (Phyllergates cucullatus)

Cameron Highlands bird list

Black-and-crimson Oriole (Oriolus cruentus)
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus)
Javan Cuckooshrike (Coracina javensis)
Oriental Magpie-robin
Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Gray-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)
Eastern-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)
White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)
Golden Babbler (Cyanoderma chrysaeum)
Mountain Tailorbird (Phyllergates cucullatus)
Black-eared Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius melanotis)
Yellow-breasted warbler (Phylloscopus montis)

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March 12, 2020

Trail Four

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Cameron Highlands – Tanah Rata 1

I caught the bus from the southern terminal in Kuala Lumpur at 8:30am and was in the Cameron Highlands just after lunch time. I had a little lie down and then about three in the afternoon, I went for a walk along trail number four. It goes along the Sungai Bertam to the Parit Waterfall. I was not expecting any birds at all to be honest, just going for a walk to suss it out. But I found quite a few nice birds.

Mountain Bulbul
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)

This is actually a really excellent photo if I do say so myself.

Streaked Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)

This is a bit out of focus but it is the best I have got. It was just near a big block of flats. Not even in the jungle. doh!

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

There were a pair of them in the river, just as I was walking up the track. Awesome.

Black-throated Sunbird
Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata)

Another really crap photo. But the best I could do.

Brown Fulvetta
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)

Not a Brown Fulvetta as I first thought. Thanks to Khaleb Yordan once again for help with identity.

Cameron Highlands bird list

Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus)
Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata)
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)
Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)
Scarlet Minivet

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March 9, 2020

Birding Port Dickson

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Tanjung Tuan

I found a cheap hotel in Batu 4, which is just south of Port Dickson. It is right on the beach but miles away from my goal, which is Tanjung Tuan, where the raptor watch is held. I got up at 7am and waited at the bus stop on the off chance of one coming along. And lo and behold, a bus appeared. I got on and went to the end, which was still about four kilometers from Tanjung Tuan. So I had to call a Grab taxi for the rest of the way. Too far to walk.

Oriental Honey Buzzard
Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

I went up to the light-house to wait for the raptors. After about ten o’clock there were a few that came past. Most of them were Oriental Honey Buzzards but I did see on White-bellied Sea-eagle.

Oriental Honey Buzzard
Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

The raptor counters were on a level above me inside the light-house grounds. I asked how many and they said about 100 just before mid-day.

Lineated Barbet
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)

This Lineated Barbet had his mouth chock full of fruit that was on this tree.

Lineated Barbet
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)

Check out the size of that bill. It could hold a lot of fruit.

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

The Pink-necked Green Pigeons were hooking into the fruit on the tree too. There was a bit of squabbling going on.

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

Tanjung Tuan bird list

Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Olive-winged Bulbul
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

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