Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Butterfly and Moth - Malayan & Pea Blue

I got this two species on the same day. So it was like getting the Malayan and enjoying the Pea Blue. Both fast moving butterfly do not provide my shutter to get many shot but still manage to get some out of it.
The Malayan and...
The Malayan
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

... The Pea Blue
The Pea Blue
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Butterfly and Moth - Soldier battling through the snow

As a soldier, snow should not be a problem for them. They will continue the battle. 2 species of snow flat today, 

The Common Snow Flat and...
Common Snow Flat
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
The Large Snow Flat
Large Snow Flat
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Soldier that never give up, The Chocolate Soldier.
The Chocolate Soldier
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Raptor observation - "Art of Raptor Observation" equipment

People have sent me email and many have ask me regarding the type of equipment to be used especially the type of binocular to be used when doing raptor observation. In today market binocular have range from 8X to 12X binocular. While many have converted to 12X many also ask regarding the suitability of 12X binocular in raptor observation. Honestly, I began with an 8X binolucar and upgraded to a 10X binocular. In diameter wise from 25 to 45 have been used. So what is the most suitable range of binocular to be used.

The best for raptor observation to me is still 8X to 10X range. To me anything higher will challange the observer in handling and may not be so suitable especially count is done. If any higher magnification is required a scope will be advice. 8X and 10X both provide good view and coverage which is good for count and also in term of studying their behaviour and to me the 12X will limit some of this ability. 10X and 8X also provide a good pleasure of following the raptor in flight especially when close distance is encountered.

In regards to scope, any scope from 30X and above will do the trick for observation very well. Zoom eye piece enable magnification to be adjusted based on observer wish but in term of cout higher the magnification, the smaller the range you will see as well. On other part this enable observer to have good and closer look. Behaviour and migratory 30X wide angle provide good spotting and viewing ability. 30X also provide good magnification for identification and plumage study including aging. Majority of time, when raptor are observed in flight, we rarely goes up to above 50X magnification. Though some does the skill is controling the scope and also the observer aiming at the bird has to be excellent or else too much time will be focus in doing this rather then observing.

Many people also ask which binocular brand is good for raptor watching. Honestly this is not a question other people can answered on behalf that easily. Most cases it depend on the observer itself and their comfort to the brand and the binocular. Omicron latest modal was a good reliable piece of optic though price range from probably 4-5k and above. This unit provide great view, lots of light penetration and great stability in handling. The Nikon Monarch X provide a great magnification of 10.5X with 44 diameter provide good magnification and also brightness. The Leica was another good piece to used though i have never find comfort in using it. The HD binocular provide advance viewing pleasure and also great observation tool. Swaroski EL provide a good handling when viewing but personal preference  the Omicron and the Monarch X will be still my choice. Nevertheless there is lot of other brand available out there. It will be best to choose your optic after trying it out well. I have never really try out Carl Ziess but in review term should be great. Other optic such as the swarosvision was another one with great optic review for raptorphilie where I hope to be able to try it out too. So go out and start observing raptors.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Butterfly and Moth - Common Cearulean

Another species during my recent outing. The Common Cearulean... Is not an easy species to photograph to be honest but if you have good patient you should be able to do it.
The Common Cearulean
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Butterfly and Moth - Selangor "rappers" yo-yo -yo

Second part of my butterfly outing. Yes yo-yo-yo...... the Yoeman. Banded Yoeman is in the highest number today. Almost everywhere you will see one Yoeman.
The Banded Yoeman
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Grass Yellow is no different. They were more the 2 species but I can only manage to get 2. The Common Grass Yellow and...
Common Grass Yellow
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
... The Anderson's Grass Yellow.
Anderson's Grass Yellow
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Butterfly and Moth - Selangor

After dropping my batter half to work I make an short one hour trip for butterfly watching. It was a great day. I was actually looking for the possible Black Rajah seen a few day earlier. Nevertheless if butterfly if what I was looking for, butterfly is what I got.

The Rustic a common butterfly here.
The Rustic
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

The Six Ringed butterfly and...
The Six Ringed
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

The Bush Brown flying low on the ground and by the low bushes on the roadside.
The Bush Brown
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

A Common Palmfly may not be such an easy one but still almost everywhere wooded.
The Common Palmfly
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

The Common Disc Oakblue make me bend my old body low onto the ground.
Common Disc Oakblue
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

If you never seen a Zebra here is one. The Malayan Zebra.

The Malayan Zebra
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
The Malayan Zebra
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"All Over Selangor"

I have been moving all over Selangor since this 2 week and have to say hardly at home. Almost all weekend in Batang Tiga which is in Malacca weekdays and saturday around Selangor region. Though many travel far to see some rarities we should not forget our local feathered friend too :).
This Blue-Winged Leafbird prove not an easy target to get but hopefully I can change my adapter something which enable more mobility soon.
Blue-Winged Leafbird
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Other target such as this Lesser Racket Tailed Drongo up in the montane of Selangor bordering pahang.
Lesser Racket-Tailed Drongo
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Some Streaked Spiderhunter which reluctantly post for a while.
Streaked Spiderhunter
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Little Pied Flycatcher is never a miss.
Little Pied Flycatcher
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Some good rarities such as this Grey-Headed Lapwing. Maybe less then 5 record in Selangor.
Grey-Headed Lapwing
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
I always amaze with this smallest of them all the Black Thighed Falconet but honestly this location is never good for photography. Lighting wise this probably the best I have ever got from this location.
Black-Thighed Falconet
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Blue-Eared Barbet probably fighting with a nest hole with the Red Crowned Barbet was an interesting yet a very far target to obtain any good shot.
Blue-Eared Barbet
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
And this Woodswallow seem to be another hard sight as well. First digiscope picture.
White-Breasted Woodswallow
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Monday, January 14, 2013

A post for hope - Asian Openbill Stork

Honestly I'm no expert in stork. In fact this probably never come across my mind to study them. However this post with this additional picture in the hope that anyone would be able to make a good use of it in anyway. By the way for other hope this provide some viewing pleasure to you all.

Some observation on sunday was majority on the flock was not foraging however those which are foraging were all individual which stayed on the side a little away from the main flock. In one of the reference it does mention that the Openbill forages in smaller group. Moving along with this group, prove to be a fulfilling experience. When I first saw the Asian Openbill in Permatang Pauh we never thought the figure would double. Later on 10 individual was observed. A few year later a thousand was counted in Kuala Gula and in front of me 100+ individual. Well thing would just get batter.
Asian Openbill
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)
Asian Openbill
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)
Asian Openbill
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Batang Tiga - Asian Openbill Stork

Frankly though this is not a lifer for me, the more I read the more confuse I get. Initially, I thought the duller colour would make them a juvenile. Then when the more readings at home i came across,  the pinkish leg would make them adult non breeding. So honestly, I'm a bit confuse but as I was using other guide the pinkish leg was mention in many text as adult rather then juvenile. So I think most of the individual here are adult non breeding. However there is some individual with paler leg. That mean juvenile? Here is some shot of the Asian Openbill in the confuse age of over 150 shot in a very short time.
Asian Openbill
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)
Asian Openbill
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)
Asian Openbill
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)
Asian Openbill
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)
Asian Openbill
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Understanding aquila - Aging of aquila clanga

In aging aquila eagle is always best separate using moult cycle but in some case such as the Greater Spotted Eagle, aging can also be done using plumage as well. This is usually based on the white spot coverage to the bird. Honestly it can be also confusing as I got one of my bird earlier age miss by a bit, but will be placed here for again as well.

Here it is important to look carefully-mistake i did in the earlier post- count properly and also have to be 100% concentration when doing aging. See below for all the aging variation

1st year
Greater Spotted Eagle
(©Terence Ang)

Greater Spotted Eagle
(©Terence Ang)

Second calender year will show a slightly variation on the white spot where should show lesss white spot. Absent of white dot on the shoulder as well. However I cant find a good photo to represent that.

I cant find a good picture to show the 3rd year and the best is this 3rd year more advance plumage can be observed here picture from OBI. This photo here from Ben facebook is one of the best I have seen.

4th Year is also difficult to get. Picture below show ending of 3rd year plumage entering 4th. You can see the white spot on wing is degrading and becoming absent.
Greater Spotted Eagle
(©Terence Ang)

Adult can be seen here in this picture from OBI.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Not for Badminton - Lesser Racket-Tailed Drongo

This individual was obliging. Though I have batter shot I some how like this shot batter. In a way this species which once very common is not so common lately. Anyway once the bird is out other species join in including a male Sultan Tit.

Lesser Racket-Tailed Drongo
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Laugh...Laugh... Laughingthrushes

I get the chance of photography though I miss one action photo - a Silver-Eared Mesia feeding on a Hawkmoth -. However I mange to take some other shot. Missing of one more species which is the Black, I manage to get the Spectacle and the Malayan Laughingthrush. This two picture of the Spectacle Laughingthrush.
Spectacle Laughingthrush
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Spectacle Laughingthrush
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Another two picture of the Malayan Laughingthrush.

Malayan Laughingthrush
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Malayan Laughingthrush
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)





Pahang - Large Hawk-Cuckoo

One of the bird which I have been dying to photograph. Finally hit one. First one was calling the another reply. Then first sighted one then at least another was sighted. However only one would post a little while for us to take some shot. This one calling and foraging then later post for a few second on wayar.
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)


Butterfly & Moth - The Magpie Crow

Finally a bit of montane butterfly trip. The Magpie Crow is sort of every where today but only when I higher up in the mountain. Once there it is almost everywhere. Nymph, Yellow Glassy Tiger and also Stripe Blue Crow is almost a guarantee sighting.
The Magpie Crow
(Photo taken by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Bubo: Barred-eagle Owl

Having birding at Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) for a while, i would say it has been fruitful for me. I got my first lifer in this category "Bubo" from KSNP when i first started my birding back in mid 2000. This has been one of the owl species which all birders and nature lovers would love to have a good sight and picture of it. What does Bubo means? It means for this special category of owls : the Eagle Owl. Truly enough,  KSNP has been lucky to have this particular Eagle Owl which can be easily sighted and not to be missed - the most highlighted eagle owl species is the Barred-eagle Owl.

Lucky for me that i was able to sight this marvellous owl species in most of my birding trips until Terence and myself able to capture all the special moments of this owl in video mode.

Enjoy this clips about Barred-eagle Owl (Bubo sumatranus; Bahasa Malaysia: Burung Hantu Jalur; Mandarin: 马来雕鸮)

The Barred-eagle Owl in action! - Barred-eagle Owl in KSNP!

Enjoy and have a nice Tuesday!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Butterfly and Moth - Selangor

Here is another few species seen in this recent trip. The Malay Baron one in one corner of the whole area but once you are there they are all over the ground.
Malay Baron
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)

The Malay Punchinello was a small and difficult to spot feller. Took me a while before it settle down for me to take a few photo.
Malay Punchinello
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)

Some other small are such as this Small Branded Swift.
Small Branded Swift
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen)

Some easily seen not easy to take a shot for me is this The Malay Staff Sergent. 
The Malay Staff Sergent
(Photo taken by Terence & Eileen) 
It was a tiring and a very hot day but this increase in number of butterfly was very interesting. Other species seen are such as the Plain Tiger, Chocolate Albatross and lots of Grass Yellow.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Butterfly and Moth - Selangor

This whole month is allocated for my butterfly and moth month. Honestly I really can't wait for this month to come so that I can start to see my butterfly. Bad thing is my light was not ready for moth so no mothing for now but the good news is a lot of my site butterfly is blooming. But still my site never fail me with both moth and butterfly. The first thing in the morning I was greeted by this Atlas Moth.
Atlas Moth
(Photo taken by Terence and Eileen)

Soon after this Swallowtail Moth came in. I do not like the look of torn wing but anyway this was a nice record for me as well.
Swallowtail Moth
(Photo taken by Terence and Eileen)

And finally I saw a peacock but not as a birder.... hehehe
This Peacock Pansy is almost everywhere today.

Peacock Pansy
(Photo taken by Terence and Eileen)
There is a few more species in progress but hope you all enjoy this few picture first. Looking for more time to start posting them up.