Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 20, 2012

Taman Negara to Jerantut

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Taman Negara and Jerantut.

20th May, 2012.

For once I was up early and over the river before eight o’clock. It was still a bit dark, so I was not real optimistic about getting much decent photos. I headed to the grassy patch where Ron had told me that the Crested Firebacks might be. One of the park officials asked me where I was going and I said I was looking for the big birds. He directed me to the camping area.

male Crested Fireback
male Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita)

As soon as I got over the hill, I saw the big birds and they scattered into the jungle. I sat down and waited for a while and they came out again. There still was not enough light for me so I used the flash. At least I got a few record shots for this bird. I also got a shot of the female which is all grey-brown except for a blue eye patch like the male.

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

That was that for the Taman Negara. I crossed back over then river, had a shower, and headed off to the bus stop. The bus was nearly an hour early. Man, this place is so random. I never know what is going on. doh! Anyhow, I got to Jerantut and in the afternoon went for a walk near the railway station (Stesen Keretapi).

Yellow-vented Bulbul with attitude
Yellow-vented Bulbul

This Yellow-vented Bulbul has got real attitude. They just keep on doing all the winning poses. These birds must be the most photogenic on the planet.

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

I was just walking along the train track when I heard this squwarking up in the sky, so I turned around at whatever was flying past. It was a Red-wattled Lapwing. That was cool. I wanted to get a photo of a lapwing in South-east Asia. There are a couple more species so hopefully I will bag the lot of them!

White-throated Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher (Halycon smyrnensis)

White-throated Kingfishers are quite common around here. They seem to pop up everywhere. Either that or it is the same one following me around.

Greater Coucal
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)

I had taken a photo of a Greater Coucal early in the morning with the firebacks but this photo from later in the day at Jerantut is much better. He looks very angry. Burung marah.

 Zebra Dove
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

As opposed to this “Peaceful Dove”. I did a big close up on this one to show the stripes on the chest.

Bird List Taman Negara and Jerantut 20/5/2012

Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita)
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
female Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halycon smyrnensis)
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
Oriental Magpie-Robin
Common Myna
Eurasian Tree-Sparrow
Pacific Swallow
House Crow
Asian Glossy Starling
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Zebra Dove

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