Thursday, May 30, 2013

Understanding Raptor - Introduction to Rufous-Bellied Eagle (Part 1)

Rufous-Bellied Eagle is perhaps one of the most brightly coloured raptor in Malaysia. The magnificent raptor is probably one of the few which is most wanted to be photograph. This is no different to my personal feeling. To began with, there is at least 4 age class in this raptor. This raptor have probably make into many people list but is one of the raptor which is full of mystery. Nest is largely unknown in the world and in Malaysia nest was never been found. To began with our prediction is probably this species also have 4 age class but this info we will never be very clear for sure as we never have enough photo to really confirmed it. In term of subspecies 2 identified and both were found here in Peninsula Malaysia. The nominate and the formasus race.

Singhting of this species increase from December to March in Malaysia. While many individual was observed in west coast of Peninsula Malaysia, their population were also more concentrated in east coast. Some site have prove to be more sighting of this species. Their subspecies variation will be discuss in the next posting.

Rufous-Bellied Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Rufous-Bellied Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pahang - Black and Yellow Broadbill

After trying our luck to lure the Green Broadbill out without success, we finally got our hand on the Black and Yellow Broadbill. It was a great day for us with this broadbill coming in. In addition later on our next stop, the Garnet Pitta was heard in the surrounding area. We did not try hard for the pitta due to lack of time but the broadbill make out day happier with some good full frame shot taken.
Black and Yellow Broadbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Black and Yellow Broadbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Hairy Backed Bulbul

Making our way thought he forest area was great. There was lots of bulbul flying in and out. Here is one of them, the Hairy-Backed Bulbul. Out of this some other interesting was 3 Banded Pitta was calling though none willing to give us some view. Still this was a very good sighting and record for us.

Hairy-Backed Bulbul
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Hairy-Backed Bulbul
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Oriental Pied Hornbill

A short recce conducted by our tour team today was rather fruitful to the Selangor neighbouring state. We set off early and our first bird we manage to get some shot off was this Oriental Pied Hornbill. We soon found 3 adult and 1 juvenile around the area. Noisy flock though did not move much for us to get some of this shot as seen here.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)


Monday, May 20, 2013

NCRRU - Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonicus)

Not long ago I posted the resident Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus enerstii in my blog here. Today we cover one of the migratory subspecies. The F.p.japonicus. This subspecies is a common migrant in Peninsula Malaysia and was very well distributed in the coastal area. Majority of the migratory subspecies seen along the coastal area were from this subspecies. Here in this picture such female. Though there is spot on the centre the side of the breast and body show well elongated dark marking. Also the hood is much thicker and broader making the white cheeked look smaller compare to the other migratory subspecies.  More broken off marking below suggest and old female. The underpart marking have rather confusing sight but appear more rusty in colour then pink of the F.p.calidus. This in fact can be influence by lighting a marking to my own experience should be ignore especially when less experience in this species.
Peregrine Falcon - F.p.japonicus
Photo by Terence Ang
Hood forming collar on the necked area in more typical of the F.p.japonicus then F.p.calidus. This marking help if you are starting to search for some peregrine subspecies.
Peregrine Falcon - F.p.japonicus
Photo by Terence Ang
This is some details for the japonicus. NCRRU team discuss further on  their subspecies in details in near future. Perhaps involve some confusion of age to determine subspecies.

Butterfly and Moth - Cyana malayensis (female)

Found this species in one of our hill station in Peninsula Malaysia. A rather common species but rarely i stop fot this feller. The Cyana malayensis this one should be female.
Cyana malayensis - Female
Photo by Terence Ang

Cyana malayensis - Female
Photo by Terence Ang

Thursday, May 16, 2013

NCRRU - Brown Hawk Owl / Brown Boobook

This individual was seen in a small family group and was photography on their usual spot. A success of almost every night. Nevertheless it was not far away when I saw the Northern Boobook. Below is a picture of an adult near another 2 Brown Boobook. Honestly this location is my favourite for this owl. I got very good success rate in this location. Perching on top of the pole showing the small size of this owl. A species almost heard in this location for sure. In term of call + heard ratio is almost a 100%. Still sometimes we need to have some patient for them to come close enough for us or perch long enough and move less for our slow shutter speed to function.

Brown Hawk-Owl
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bird Tour - A great day trip up and down Fraser's

Testimonial
"My son and I really enjoyed our one-day trip to Fraser's Hill. I wish we would have had more than one day as we were travelling to Sri Lanka. Terence was timely, courteous and knowledgeable. We had a great day seeing over 80 bird species and added several to our lists. Our highlight sitting were the Black Laughingthrush, Lesser Shortwing and a Sultan Tit. Thans for a great day"

Day Trip Summary
A day trip to Frasers Hill resulted to 82 species seen 3 heard. This was one of the best time we have in about 8 hours of birding. Our day began with great excitement as well. It started with a group of Black Laughingthrush coming to the same tree of the Dusky Broadbill. Same time flock of Black-crested Bulbul was also making their was in and out of the area. The place was light up with sound of bird. We aint stopping and quickly move on to get more bird. We soon have woodpecker into our list and also some other bird such as the Yellow-bellied Yuhina.
Making our way up we did not just go empty handed. The Lesser Cuckooshrike and also Velvet-fronted Nuthatch provide great view and pleasure for us. Many more bird greeted us including some spiderhunters and also the Buff-rumped Woodpecker. This journey up was great deal in birding.
Up at Frasers Hill, our luck change was even better. A small group of Blue Nuthatch make it the bird of the day. A Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo and a pair of nesting Golden Babbler were among the bird we saw. As time goes by, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Lesser Shortwing and also Mugimaki Flycatcher make its way into our list.
We were also rewarded with the Red-headed Trogon and Banded Kingfisher when exploring the new road. Apart from that a Wreathed Hornbill also make the only hornbill sighting for today. Also appear in our list was a pair of Pale Blue Flycatcher and also a Hill Blue Flycatcher. The Orange-bellied Leafbird and the Bronze Drongo was not a miss. In addition a Chesnut-backed Scimitar-Babbler could only make it as far as heard.
All in all it was a great day with birding. Along our journey back to KLIA we also spotted a flock of Painted Stork making it the last few species to be seen in our list. Both father and son was very happy though tired and exhausted as we started as early as 5am in the morning. Still this was a great experience for myself to be up in Frasers Hill for a day trip with 82 species in total seen.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Penang - Spotted Wood-Owl (Revisited) & Laced Woodpecker

I went back with a partner of crime of mine to this location in hope that this time I got the Streak-Breasted Woodpecker and the Ruddy Kingfisher. We did not get the latter but the Woody male and female make a short appearance which is too fast for my photography. Anyway, the Wood Owl owlet left only one today. With only one parent around the bird stood very still and observed me without taking its eye off me. It was still amazing to see large white colour owlet moving around a big tree. and or the adult the plumage would have camouflage itself very well. Here is the adult.
Spotted Wood-Owl
(Photo by Terence Ang)
For the woodpecker, this is the only best shot I got for a Laced Woodpecker. I think I will need to redo this shot in near future.
Laced Woodpecker
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Penang - Olive-Winged Bulbul

This species can be said to be easily seen in many mangrove forest and also forest edge. I started to finf them very common along a lot of mangrove park. Today we were within the fresh and slat water zone and again this species show they are still one of the most common. At time I saw this species more then I saw the Yellow-Vented Bulbul. Anyway this Olive-Winged Bulbul is usually confuse to the Streak-Eared Bulbul. Some of this location the overlapping can be notice. Below is a picture of the Olive-Winged I photograph recently at one of out birding route.

Olive-Winged Bulbul
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Penang - Abbott's Babbler

Digiscoping fast moving bird is not easy especially when come to digiscoping with the set up I have. Ever since that I decided to come with a technique which enable a little shot to be taken on bird which move a lot such as the babbler. The result was more then satisfactory to me. Although I tried more shot then just 2, this 2 shot however turn out all right to me.

Abbott's Babbler
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Abbott's Babbler
(Photo by Terence Ang)

NCRRU - Spotted Wood-Owl

Today the idea was to get a kingfisher but was rewarded with a family of Wood Owl. 2 owlet with 2 adult was observed on a same tree. Together with me today Neoh Hor Kee and dad were actually glad to see the owl was doing great. Though with deforestation nearby and also lot of construction previously the owl have been regularly and breed yearly in the area. The 2 owlet stood together while parent nearby.

Spotted Wood-Owl
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Spotted Wood-Owl
(Photo by Terence Ang)
 The adult were also seen mate preening today.
Spotted Wood Owl
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Spotted Wood Owl
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

NCRRU - Blyth's Hawk Eagle (nest 2)

This is actually my older nest of this species. this was seen in much lower altitude but rather similar hilly area. The are surrounding the tree are rather similar. The nest tree was an emergent tree and also the available of "perch tree" nearby. This details were rather new and not mention in many text but rather consistent in all nest. I was given a question lately is that does all Blyth's Hawk Eagle nest on a open tree such as the earlier one. The answer is No. The nest here were very well cover canopy. Same goes to the one of the two nest in Perak.

This observation of this nest begin during incubation period but stage of incubation was unknown. Nevertheless we continue observation till the eaglet began to grow up before the observation of this nest needed to be stop due to some circumstances. We never finish this nest but last we heard the eaglet fledge.

See below of some picture of the eaglet.


Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Blyth's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

NCRRU - Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus enerstii)

Peregrine falcon is the most common larger falcon in Malaysia. This species is commonly seen in many location. In this species itself 4 subspecies is recognize to occur here in the Peninsula Malaysia. The resident enerstii, another 3 migrant calidus, japonicus and peregrinator. Out of this three the peregrinator is the rarest and I have yet to see one. Resident enerstii can occur from lowland, housing area all the way to mountain area. Some location this bird have been recorded as high as 6000feet asl. This subspecies can be easily recognize by the hood which is almost look like helmet. Underpart fine barring began on lower breast all the way downwards on rufous based body. Other part including throat are usually rufous to pale pinkish.
Peregrine Falcon
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Upperpart are darker compare to the other two subspecies which is the calidus and japonicus where resident appear almost black. Feet, eyeing and cere are all yellow with greyish to blackish black bill tip.
Peregrine Falcon
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Peregrine Falcon
(Photo by Terence Ang)
enerstii subspecies is know to breed here in many location including perak, penang and also perlis. Usually 2  young or more. Other location, juvenile were seen in many location suggest probably breeding in many other location. So guys when on cliff look out for peregrine falcon and maybe you might see a nest.
Peregrine Falcon
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Large Niltava

Amelia and I decided to make a photography trip to Fraser's Hill lately with the idea to get some video of bird. So we wake up early in the morning, get my lazy butt up and drive to meet her and pick her up. Let say our journey start as early as 5am in the morning. When we reach up there, I would say a huge disappointment as there were so few bird activity. Tried many different place almost come up empty handed with only come commoner such as the Silver-Eared Mesia and so on. Our day was only light up when this male Large Niltava was came but provide few good vew for me to to shot. We still settle with this score. A video of this bird here. Some shot of the bird below.

Large Niltava
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Large Niltava
(Photo by Terence Ang)