Friday, June 28, 2013

Pahang - Great Slaty Woodpecker

Great Slaty Woodpecker the largest woodpecker ans South East Asia and also in Malaysia. This species is rather sort after by many and though many seen it photographing one is not easy. Same goes to this one. Keep up in the canopy on one of the worse lighting for me. Nevertheless since this is my photography lifer I try my luck anyway. In my most sighting this bird are always in pair or in small group of at least 3. Today a pair one male and a female was observed. Picture of male taken and also a video can be seen here. Hopefully can get a batter photo of this bird in future.

Great Slaty Woodpecker
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Great Slaty Woodpecker
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pahang - Dusky Broadbill

One of the less beautiful broadbill yet one of the most exciting to see. The Dusky Broadbill remain one of my challenge as I have seen this species less compare to the other broadbill. I manage to get a short video of this species where you can view it here. On the same week itself I manage to spot the Long-Tailed Broadbill but fail to capture a picture of the species. Nevertheless the Dusky make up for the lost. See the three picture below for the shot taken.
Dusky Broadbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Dusky Broadbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Dusky Broadbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pahang - Rufous-Browed Flycatcher

One of the common flycatcher in many hill station. This one regularly seen in the morning in some of this location. The Rufous-Browed Flycatcher give high pitch call which is usually. Today this one come out early with low light condition force photography into more extreme situation. I was basically taking at 6" which is much lower then 1/6. :(

Anyway the bird make a few stop allowing some chance of photography. This three shot below is taken during their quick stop.
Rufous-Browed Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Rufous-Browed Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Rufous-Browed Flycatcher
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo

I think this should be my first photo for this blog. Well this is also my only shot for this trip on this species. We even hesitate to photograph this species but did it in the end as the lighting was good for us. Me as usual forgot that I have make changes on the earlier setting making this not the best setting for me, but was surprise that it even turn out all right. As named suggested the tail was it main characteristic though it sometimes moult off the tail. Another close species the Lesser Racket-Tailed Drongo can be view here.
A video of a Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo can be view here.

Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
(Photo by Terence Ang)


Monday, June 24, 2013

Pahang - Sultan Tit

Went up to Fraser's to and meet up with so many old friend. At the same time take opportunity for digiscoping. A flock of Sultan Tit came through and move very fast. I only manage to get this shot. Hopefully can take batter ones though i do have a batter one already.

Sultan Tit
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Gasteracantha sp

Found this by the broadwalk where I almost step on it. Nice to see this species but i can't find the web to show in my blog this time. Hopefully one day I can find the web to show it.
Gasteracantha sp
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Gasteracantha sp
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Gasteracantha sp
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot

Hanging-Parrot is actually one of my favourite. Though this photo never show why it was name as Hanging-parrot but the name suggest that they hang upside down a lot too. Having it is green it sometimes not easy to pick up but being noisy it does give out its location easily. To me this species is rather charismatic. Having only 3 native parrot in P.Malaysia, this remain one of the easiest to spot. I even have it in front of my house once.

Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Pahang - Black and Red Broadbill

This in fact was my first broadbill I seen during birding. If one of the most common species to encounter and can bee seen in many location near water. Finding them too is not that difficult once learn their call and their behaviour. This trip, we encounter a few pair flying around. Some with very young fledging. This adult stay high up and move a lot allowing the only shot for this trip this time.
Black and Red Broadbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pahang - Green Broadbill

Green Broadbill is rather common in some area and know to be on the same location well. This individual was new to this location as I have not seen them before. However it came in into this tree and started feeding without bothered by our presence. Both me and my friend from Russia have a great time looking at this species.
Green Broadbill
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center (BSBCC)


Previously one of Nature Core contributor, Eileen was given a huge opportunity and privilege to visit this location. This time around I was given another opportunity to do so. We headed in to the centre guided by Mr.Wong which i gave him the nick name papa bear. Previously Eileen enter and her write up can be read here

Firstly congrats to all those who have put in their effort to save this bear which to some bear this would be the place they have to stay till they die. Their renovation and centre are in great condition. Their viewing platform was a great set up and provided one of the best view for the area. To add on, guided by Mr.Wong added the entire value of the visit.

Upon arriving 2 bear were sighted. One which is nearer to us seem to know the papa bear present. Anyway at time of looking Mr Wong continuously providing great interpretation regarding the bear. Finishing with that, the bear seem to put up a show for us and providing good opportunity of great view for us. In all the centre was a success. Awaiting its time for public access next year I believe it will be a big hit for Sandakan. Really hope to visit it again when it was open to public next year.

Sun Bear - BSBCC
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Sun Bear - BSBCC
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Sun Bear - BSBCC
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Sun Bear - BSBCC
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Borneo - Striped Bornean Tree Skink

This species is endemic to Borneo Island. I did not manage to get any endemic species this time only endemic subspecies. This was seen and photograph at Sepilok but it was supposedly easily found in Sabah. Still this was my lifer though I stayed in Sabah for a while during my previous assignment.

Striped Bornean Tree Skink
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Striped Bornean Tree Skink
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Understanding Raptor - Greater Spotted Eagle (Part 4)

I have decided to make a scan copy of this publication I make not long ago for Suara Enggan on Greater Spotted Eagle hunting and the differences preference on strategy on different age. Also will like to thanks the huge assistant given by many people to make this observation and research possible.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Understanding Raptor - Rufous Bellied-Eagle (part 3 in flight)

An adult in flight is rather easy to tell a part from other species. Underwing covert are all rufous in colour. Underpart rufous with white throat and fine black streaking mainly in between rufous and white throat. Upperpart all blackish with black cap. A very easy species to tell a part from other. Though the juvenile can be a huge challange and probably confuse with other species. That perhaps will be in other post. Below are picture of adult flying.

Rufous-Bellied Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Rufous-Bellied Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Rufous-Bellied Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Rufous-Bellied Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pahang - Striped Throated Bulbul

This individual eluded my friend throughout his trip. Every time they went back to their room it come up they went back to their room. It never make into their list. Nevertheless it too refuse to give me a good post for photography. This is probably one of the best I can make out of this individual. Seem like I going back in next 2 week time and hope to get one soon in batter quality.

Striped Throated Bulbul
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Butterfly and Moth - Bluebottle and Jay Butterfly

Was at Pahang for some birding trip so taking some time for butterfly watching while waiting for other to come. Here is a picture of both Common Bluebottle and Common Jay.
Common Bluebottle and Common Jay
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Understanding Raptor - Rufous Bellied Eagle (Part 2)

This time we show about the Lophotriorchis kienerii kienerii. This race is the commonest race to be seen here in the Peninsula Malaysia. Many individual documented was from this species. This subspecies is seen throughout the year making them highly the resident subspecies in the country. This species usually show more heavier barring and more marking compare the the formasus. This species also sometimes show a little brownish tinge on the upperwing which is usually solid black in formasus. Below are a few picture from this subspecies.
Rufous Bellied Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Rufous Bellied Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Rufous-Bellied Eagle
Photo by Terence Ang
Identification between this two subspecies required highly train eyed unless for that they appear to be similar. Many times it appear no different in plumage where i can sort them out. Nevertheless the effort of identified this subspecies is crucial as many detials of this species remain unknow. In Malaysia there is still no nest observed. Though many said formasus is the only subspecies in Borneo and Sumantra, this however have prove otherwise. Many specimen and sighting were from this subspecies as well. Clearly more work need for this species.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Pahang - Black-Naped Monarch

Though it was a silent day we were lucky to get one nest. The male took the first shift of incubating then the female took over later on. It was great to see them nesting at this time of the year. 2 egg was observed though the period of incubation was not determine.
Black-Naped Monarch
(Photo by Terence Ang)