Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Submontane visit

Since I was technically waiting for time, some visit to some old site was not that bad idea any way. It all started not good. Raining the whole journey and we were actually waiting under the hut for about an hour. Still once the rain settle down we made our move.

Birding start kicking out with some crow large billed and also slender billed. Moving was some flowerpecker. Once we have a chance we try to settle in to some known good bird site. Since than it was not that bad.

Some of the picture we got are as in below.





Friday, February 15, 2019

High tide wader watch

High tide wader watching if fun when you are at the right time. worse case scenario sun burn without anything.
 When i arrived egret and adjutant stork were in numbers today. Anyway  it was great to get them close up. Adjutant was a little too close to fit my digiscope equipment.



Whiskered tern were in small number but in all there was rather some in good distance for a shot.

As for wader it was nice seeing thousand in a flock. Here some of them.



In all the species of wader sighted are as in below
Common Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper
Broad billed Sandpiper
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Grey Plover
Red Necked Stint
Common Redshank

3 tern species were also recorded
Common Tern
Whiskered Tern 
Little Tern

egret and heron
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Great Egret
Lesser Adjutant Stork
Little Heron

Not a bad day considering only stayed for a while.



Thursday, February 14, 2019

2nd digiscoping equipment

It was hard as I was deciding to have a full upgrade to either maintain mine or to upgrade to Kowa 880 series or the Swarovski. It took me long enough before i decided to settle with a second hand unit nikon saving up the Kowa and Swarovske in later year to come. So off to get a second unit of nikon 82ED while maintaining my omicron.

First trial was not bad at all but once you get the hand of it i would say it was a great unit. Settle then for nikon 82 ED while the upend unit to join the family in much much later year.

Attachment
I maintain the attachment and adapter on the scope for J1 without changing enabling me to use my existing camera as well. This was great since i do not need to invest on anything else. Off i go witht he set up as in below.



The images output was great. All I can say is im rather happy with it.





Friday, February 8, 2019

My first digiscoping equipment

I finally decided perhaps is not bad to share some of my equipment I have used previously and now in photography. This one is my first set up of serious digiscope adapter with a mirrorless camera. A combinaiton using a 82ED scope under the brand of omicron attach with Nikon V1 and J1 series. The scope was purchase with price of approximately 3.5k. Technically it is what i can afford at that time. I have now upgraded to a nikon 82ed from omicron scope but still keeping both equipment.

Omicron scope
In term of viewing this was an excellent scope. The waterproofing was great with no need of fear under drilling.  While i purchase angle scope this have provided me excellent view in both forest bird and raptor study. The scope provide excellent colour, very very low distortion (not notice at all unless digiscope picutre) and sharpness was great. Testing out in astronomy was not bad either. Jupiter was seen one and also moon watching was not bad all. Below is a picture of the scope.
The advantage was the scope was light. This provide easy to carry light and easy to maneuver in forested area. There is no saying how much i enjoy this scope while i was birding with my wife and also during guiding. 


Adapter
In regards to adapter, mine was a customized design adapter. One of which design where i can attach and take off fast enough. In addition to this it fit all nikon 1 series with 10-30mm lens.
Bring to the handshake on this adapter lets say it all depend more on the tripod use and also the need to focusing while trying to shoot. If not this unit was great. Once attach to the scope the whole set up look like below.

Universal adapter
I did not go starting digiscoping without much test on adapter. One of which I still have it was this universal digiscoping adapter. This adapter was great. I fit almost all the point and shoot camera and together in the box was a phone attachment. The only draw back of this adapter was it does have flaring on the lens as it does not provide any cover. This can be overcome using a cloth or waterproofing cloth.


Camera
There is no saying what was preferred when i started digiscoping with this set up. Sony RX100 was much more expensive. This was purchase second hand. Similar purchase on my other nikon unit. Therefore i can only mention digiscoping through below camera 
1. Nikon V1
2. Nikon J1
3. Canon powershot A2200. 

Images.
The omicron 82ED scope provide decent IQ however having the camera started to void vignetting at only above 20mm this is actually a challenge to obtain very detail quality.





While this attach to a canon A2200 point and shoot camera the photo quality was only accetable due to the camera quality.
















Preference
While i currently enjoy my nikon 82ed scope which was upgraded i still love this old set up in both way. 
The set up of Omicron scope 82ED attach with Canon A2200 was an excellent for beginner. The whole set up cost me less then 5k which was rather a lot. While photo was secondary at that time this provide much enjoyment for recording purposes. There is in no way i would say the IQ rival other set up and brand nevertheless if one is looking for cheaper mean, easy to carry and so on this would be the choice 
When i swith to the attach of nikon mirroless i would say it was a struggle. Nevertheless once i understand the problem im facing we do get acceptable shot. 
This is in no way i would say it was a recomendation as there are more scope available now in the market compare to this approximately 8 years old equipment i have. I admit i love it a lot but there is still more to try out. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Difference of Large Hawk Cuckoo and Dark Hawk Cuckoo


Adult
Large Hawk Cuckoo
Dark Hawk Cuckoo
Other name
Brain-fever Bird
Bock’s Hawk Cuckoo
Upperpart
Brown with white on bend of wing
Back and rump slaty gray
Wing brown and white on bend of wing
Underpart
Belly white with brownish black bars
Prominent dark streaked  on breast

Breast rufous often unstreaked or lacking of streaked. Where there is, streaking only restricted to breast.
Belly white with black bar
Tail
Undertail covert white,
Long tail with barred brownish gray and black with broad black terminal bar tipped white
Undertail covert white
Broad gray and black bar with broad black terminal bar tipped white
Head
Crown, face and necked slaty gray
Face paler in front of eye
Chin black,
Prominent dark streaked  on throat
Iris orange to buff with eye-ring yellow lemon
Bill black
Crown, face and neck slaty gray,
Chin, throat unstreak.
Iris orange to buff, eye ring yellow lemon
Bill black above greenish below

Juvenile
Large Hawk Cuckoo
Dark Hawk Cuckoo
Upperpart
Barred rufous and brown
Brownish black
Underpart
Buffish-white with broadly streaked black on breast shape of drop like
Breast slaty brown
Lower breast white with dark bar
Tail
Barred rufous and black
Undertail covert with with dark bar
Head
Gray forehead
Nape pale rufous with brown streak
Slaty brown with white feather on naped.
Chin slaty brown





Reference

Ben F.King & Edwards C.Dickson, 1989, A Field Guide To The Birds of South-East Asia, Collins, Grafton Street, London

Craig Robson, 2017, A Field Guide To The Birds of South-East Asia, Bloomsburry, London

Del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A & Sargatal,J eds, 1997, Handbook to Birds of The World Vol 4 Sandgrouse to Cuckoo, Lynx Edicions, Bercolona, Collins, Grafton Street, London

Susan Myers, 2009, A Field Guide To The Birds of Borneo, Talisman, Singapore

Boonsong Lekagul & Philip D.Round, 1991, A guide to the Birds of Thailand, Saha Karn Bhaet Co., Ltd Bangkok

David R Wells, 1999, Birds of The Thai Malay Peninsula,Academic Press, London UK

James A. Eaton, Bas van Balen, Nick W. Brickle & Frank E. Rheindt, 2016,  Birds of the Indonesia Archipelago Greater Sundas and Wallacea, Lynx Edicion, Bercelona

Salim Ali & S. Dillon Ripley, 1981,  Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan Volume 3 Stone Curlew to Owl ,Oxford University Press , London


Friday, August 24, 2018

Difference of Sunda Pygmy and Gray Capped Woodpecker


Gray Capped Woodpecker
Brown capped Woodpecker
Other name
Gray headed pygmy woodpecker
Sunda woodpecker, Malaysia Woodpecker
Upperpart
Black, wings, lower back and rumped black broadly barred with white
Browner with white barred
Generally sooty compared to black of Gray Capped
Underpart
Lack of red on streaked brownish buff to black
Belly buffish-orange
Dirty white below with brown streak
Tail
Central tail feather lack of white bar
Central tail feather always white barred
Rump and upper tail covert white
Head
Crown gray, malar stripe usually faint or lacking.
Broad dark patch on ear covert
Brown crown, white unmarked throat, broad distinct malar stripe
Sex
Male: Small red streak on side of hind crown
Female: Average slightly larger than male. Red of male’s crown sides and naped replace by black

Male: Red streak behind eye
Female: Slightly larger than male. Lack of red on hindcrown

Photo reference



Reference

Ben F.King & Edwards C.Dickson, 1989, A Field Guide To The Birds of South-East Asia, Collins, Grafton Street, London

Boonsong Lekagul & Philip D.Round, 1991, A guide to the Birds of Thailand, Saha Karn Bhaet Co., Ltd Bangkok

David R Wells, 1999, Birds of The Thai Malay Peninsula,Academic Press, London UK

Hans Winkler, David A. Christie & David Nurney, 1995, Woodpecker An Identification Guide to the Woodpecker of the World, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston New York

James A. Eaton, Bas van Balen, Nick W. Brickle & Frank E. Rheindt, 2016,  Birds of the Indonesia Archipelago Greater Sundas and Wallacea, Lynx Edicion, Bercelona

Salim Ali & S. Dillon Ripley, 2001,  Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan Volume 4 Frogmouth to Pittas,Oxford University Press , New Delhi