Thursday, October 31, 2013

Birding in Taiwan - Common Teal

A few was seen from a very far distance. Surely we find this one with a scope but just giving a try to how the set up work in such harsh far distance subject and condition. Well at least I can still see some marking out of it. I'm glad to get this shot as well though the distance was very far away and also lighting were harsh.

Common Teal
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Birding in Taiwan - Grey Treepie

A very common species in Taiwan. I seen them in lots of park especially where I stay. In fact they were just in front of my hotel together with bulbul and white-eye. Here is some shot during our search of the Taiwan Blue Magpie.
Grey Treepie
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Grey Treepie
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Grey Treepie
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Birding in Taiwan - Chinese Bulbul

This bird was my actual target ever since become more keen in bulbul. It will be a sure thing for me now to photograph all the bulbul species back in Malaysia and to search all of them in different moult form and variation. But my keen bulbul in this very quick trip was the Chinese Bulbul and Black Bulbul which i got both of them. However only Chinese Bulbul was manage to be photograph. Below are two picture of the Chinese Bulbul.
Chinese Bulbul/Light-Vented Bulbul
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Chinese Bulbul/Light-vented Bulbul
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Birding in Taiwan - Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher a species common in many places. Though it may appear with different plumage variation (races) they are not easily separateable. Still having to see one in Taiwan was a great experience. At the same time while we were photographing this Kingfisher, there was a huge group of photographer photographing some flycatcher and a brown shrike. :)

Common Kingfisher
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Birding in Taiwan - Common Kestrel

From a great distance in Guandu Nature Park, the Common Kestrel and a pair of them show up. Some of us were glad we saw them but in this far distance I was struggling to get a shot of it. This is only shot I can manage at that distance.
Common Kestrel
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Birding in Taiwan - Black-Crowned Night Heron

Another species of Night Heron the Black Crowned Night Heron. The earlier species Malayan here is another species seen near the Black Crowned Night-Heron. This one came as near as proximately 5 meter away.
Black-Crowned Night-Heron
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Birding in Taiwan - Taiwan Blue Magpie

One of the most sort after Taiwan endemic the Taiwan Blue Magpie. Thanks to my friend who find out the location and bring me there to see them. We manage to see two of the Magpie. Really glad to see them.
Taiwan Blue Magpie
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Taiwan Blue Magpie
(Photo by Terence Ang)


Monday, October 28, 2013

Birding in Taiwan - White's Thrush

A thrush where is tough to ID. White's or Scally. I think i will go for White's Thrush but I'm not the best person for thrush. So if anyone know batter on the id please let me know too.
White's Thrush
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Birding in Taiwan - Sacred Ibis

Sighted in Guandu Nature Park, there was a number of them at distance. A lifer for me and Eileen. Although they are very very far away we are still glad to be able to see some Ibis around as is one of my favourite.
Sacred Ibis
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Sacred Ibis
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Birding in Taiwan - Malayan Night Heron

Honestly at current time a species more easily seen in Taiwan then in Malaysia. However in most sighting I know of in Malaysia were juvenile. Here in Taiwan we can see the adult more easily. With juvenile which is very different from adult and some intermediate plumage (Have not able to find the picture i took yet).I got this in Bentou, Taiwan in my last few days of visit there.
Malayan Night Heron - Adult
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Malayan Night Heron - Juvenile
(Photo by Terence Ang)


Birding in Taiwan - Oriental Turtle Dove

Frankly speaking need to thank my friend to book a place here for me. Just outside of the hotel I got my first lifer the Oriental Turtle Dove. Very similar looking to the spotted but just look at the design and how the plumage colour on the wing. It was great to find rather a number of them around.
Oriental Turtle Dove
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

White-rumped Shama

A nice bird call in our forest. This bird is actually easily heard in our forest and no wander they are cage bird.

White-rumped Shama
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Garnet Pitta

More Garnet Pitta picture. Some of the other picture of Garnet Pitta.

Garnet Pitta
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Garnet Pitta
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Short-tailed Babbler

Short-tailed Babbler during one of our wait for the elusive "Garnet ground jewel".

Short-tailed Babbler
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Grey-headed Babbler

Not a rare species yet to obtain a good photo of this species is rather challenging. This species i have find them rather regular along river and small stream. At time near bamboo. Today this group was observed having their evening bath. This was great view for me though i have seen them before but looking at about 5 individual bathing was an experience. Photo is one of the individual in the group.

Grey-headed Babbler
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Garnet Pitta

First of all I'm very happy to be able to accompany my friend to shot this shy little jewel. To my surprise our effort pay off. I'm now more surprise of the camera ability. My set up was a 7D + sigma 50-500 OS. This shot was taken at 1/13s with bird actually non stop moving. I'm happy with the result actually.
Garnet Pitta
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Butterfly and Moth - Tawny Coaster

My butterfly outing which also ended up with a buffy fish owl. Here is a Tawny Coaster. Picture here is a female
Tawny Coaster
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Tawny Coaster
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Buffy Fish Owl

I was hunting for butterfly picture with my friend when my friend spotted Buffy Fish-Owl.
 
Buffy Fish Owl
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Grey-headed Lapwing

Water reflecting light does not make it easy to photograph this species. I enjoy trying anyway.
Grey-Headed Lapwing
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Braminy Kite

A pair seen mate feeding.

Brahminy Kite
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Brahminy Kite
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Kite in flight

Both taken in harsh lighting condition. About 50++ Black Kite around.
Black Kite
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Brahminy Kite
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Grey-headed Lapwing

This species is very much commoner in the north then in the south. I still remember finding a small population in sekinchan ricefield. Only good thing is that with patient there is always some photographic opportunity such as this one here. The Grey-headed Lapwing got its name from its plumage. Hopefully i can manage to post more photo in near future.

Grey-Headed Lapwing
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow is always among the earliest to arrive which sighting come as early as in august. This year was no exception. This individual were among the few observed in the rice field. Never a miss this beauty always provide some past time for many people "like me today".

Barn Swallow
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Red-Collared Dove (Female)

A species which the population definitely expending. Few year back there was a male in the same location. Today I only see the female. This was not my target for this trip but i'm happy to get a photo though was not my expectation. I still remember seeing a small flock of male in Chuping. It was great to see them here more common now.

Red-collared Dove-Female
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Red-collared Dove-female
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Eastern Marsh Harrier (1st Plumage)

Was running around the ricefield recently hoping for some aquila eagle to get the earliest date. Nevertheless saw one harrier in distance. It was an Eastern Marsh Harrier juvenile. This plumage 1st-2nd year was easily confuse to the Western Marsh Harrier. The little differences in the ear area make the entire different species See how the ear patch did not extend to eye and also the shape of the half moon. This difference is so minor but important to differentiate both species. 

A part from this this marking is also good to assist us to determine hybrid (eastern x western) where is rather rare in Peninsula Malaysia. Known by only one variation closely resemble both species but full confirmation was never achieve.

In term of aging after some discussion, we agree there was no moulting on this individual showing no difference in feather of new and worn. Making this the 1st year bird. Hatch this year and new and young. 

In addition, the usage of moult is very tough in harrier perhaps not every team would find it hard but at least to me. Determining age of harrier is still very challenging work for me no doubt with year of work and field trip have been done. Still this one does make our life easier a bit rather then some other harrier individual.
Eastern Marsh Harrier
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Eastern Marsh Harrier
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Long-Toed Stint

This species is rather common along fresh water wetland. Here in this location typically common at the ricefield area. Today there was about 50 of them around and this one here was bathing while another one was foraging for rood. There is a few more wader around perhaps that will be in the next post.
Long-Toed Stint
(Photo by Terence Ang)
Long-Toed Stint
(Photo by Terence Ang)


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wallace's Hawk-Eagle

A species which is more common in Sabah compare to Peninsula Malaysia and I would say the one in borneo worth some study as probably an undescribe taxon/plumage. Here this picture show the plumage from Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. Many of us seen it and only a handful seen the nest before. Only a few nest have been discovered making this species one of the least know in Peninsula Malaysia. Hopefully we can discover a few other nest soon and comparison can be made.

Wallace's Hawk Eagle
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Crimson Sunbird

I was actually struggling with this species. Hoping for it to give me a short break for a photo. Well it only gave me a second to try for two shot. Here is one of it. I still find this species is easier in this location compare to other site. hehe

Crimson Sunbird
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Lesser Treeduck

Went to look for some raptor in the place hoping to get some Baza but in fact I only manage some duckie. 
Lesser Treeduck
(Photo by Terence Ang)


White-Throated Kingfisher

Trying my luck out to photograph some easy bird. Manage to get close and photograph this kingfisher beside the track. I'm very happy with the 7D I must say.

White-throated Kingfisher
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Little Egret

Trying the EOS 7D was a great experience. The camera was a fast camera without much problem of handling bird in flight. This picture was taken in low light condition and I was surprise it does turn out well.  The other part of the story migrant in this location have been rather slow. Though there was a small flock of Purple-Backed Starling there was hardly much migrant around. Still with limited time i headed back home earlier to accompany my little nephew.

Little Egret
(Photo by Terence Ang)

NCRRU - Changeable Hawk Eagle (Female)

It was a while since I saw this individual well to be exact month after their nesting was over. This eagle have been noted as a female. See the heavier more bold marking on the underpart. Also the more wash brown on thigh and bigger head with sharper face. Though many times sexes of hawk eagle is difficult to sexed but with time of observation and study we now more able to understand the plumage of both sexes of Changeable Hawk Eagle.

Changeable Hawk-Eagle (Female)
(Photo by Terence Ang)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Olive Backed Sunbird

Trying out the new equipment 7D with the sigma 50-500 handheld
Brown-throated Sunbird
(Photo by Terence Ang)
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