Friday, May 29, 2015

Long-Horned Beatle

I believe this is part of the Hyphus group. So guys correct me if im wrong.
Long-Horned Beatle
Photo by Terence Ang

White-Thighed Langur

A common species especially towards our montane area. Not feed at in many other location this group tend to shy away from human. However it does give me a few opportunity for some shot.
White-Thighed Langur
Photo by Terence Ang

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Plantain Squirrel

I must admit my first tought it was a Sunda Black Banded but when i inspect the picture at home ok silly mistake. Still up till today i would say photograph have revolutionize the way we look at wildlife, identified and also study them. An amazing way only when it was used correctly. Still this lone Squirrel was our last wildlife for this trip. :)
Common as it is i do admit this was the best shot i got from this species so far.
Plantain Squirrel
Photo by Terence Ang

Orange-Breasted Trogon

Orange Breasted Trogon. I will rate this is as easiest trogon to find and track. They are not tough to locate at all. Once you know where to look for them it was even easier. Anyway this female came close but perch wise back lighted. Male was just a little away calling. No nest found though there is some indication the bird may have been nesting.
Orange-Breasted Trogon
Photo by Terence Ang

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Silver-Breasted Broadbill

To me is one of the cutest broadbill though probably not one of the most intelligent broadbill species. Easier seen during nesting season and when non nesting period this species can prove to be a little of a challenge to find though not impossible. The common perception that this species is a montane species however in some places located to about 300m asl which is at the altitude of many lowland forest. Some have seen them in this altitude in Malaysia though further study is required for this species distribution.
Silver-Breasted Broadbill
Photo by Terence Ang

Ashy Bulbul

Like I say it is not easy to get a excellent shot. This was close enough to something but was out in many other thing. Still a photographic lifer for me. A species where previously i give it a skip so many times.
Ashy Bulbul
Photo by Terence Ang

Mountain Peacock-Pheasant

Also know as rothchild's peacock pheasant. I shot this a few years back here. I have seen it so many times but never try again for another shot. Today I accompany a friend to get some shot. Well this is all what i can manage....
The old posting was taken with Canon 350D while today is with 7D. Previously handheld without flash and today tripod and flash fill. I must admit previously was still my choice.
Mountain Peacock-Pheasant
Photo by Terence Ang

Scally Breasted Munia

Munia is a interesting species. Many can be seen and photograph easily but not many provide what we called an excellent shot. Today excellent was exempted. With extreme back light this is all what i can make out of this 2 munia.
Scaly Breasted Munia
Photo by Terence Ang

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chestnut Munia

One of the less seen munia. This trip we nail 3 out of 5 munia. This one the Chesnut Munia. Well i still like the old name Black Headed Munia
Chestnut Munia
Photo by Terence Ang

Oriental Pied Hornbill

Commonest and smallest species in the country. This one is easy target is some of this location. Taiping my own home town probably one of the easiest. This one on the southern area was no exception. A pair with a young seem to be a very good sign.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Photo by Terence Ang
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Photo by Terence Ang

White-Throated Kingfisher

Seeing one on the tree i decided to pick my camera and handheld for a shot. It was rather tame not moving much before a car flush it.
White-Throated Kingfisher
Photo by Terence Ang

The Magpie Crow

One of the commonest butterfly around the hill station. Species found along road and many can be seen flying around in bungalow compound.
The Magpie Crow
Photo by Terence Ang

Monday, May 25, 2015

Red Junglefowl

This is one of the easiest place to see a junglefowl. Well there is other with equal chance to see one in selangor and pahang but this one is not bad either. The Red Junglefowl hybrid can be a pain in the ass to id but we roughly only tell from the black leg and feet.
Red Junglefowl
Photo by Terence Ang

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Java Sparrow

An introduced species and commonly seen in some part of ipoh. However occasionally seen in other places as well which remain rare and population would not have survive. This three were nesting around the area where nest building was later observed.
Java Sparrow
Photo by Terence Ang

The Chocolate Albatross

Another species observed in Fraser's Hill. I'm very sure i'm the only one who saw this albatross compare to all the bird race people. hehehehehehee
The Chocolate Albatross
Photo by Terence Ang

The Common Five Ring

One of the common species in Fraser's Hill. While everyone is on a bird race mood i was on a butterfly race mood. This common species here have never failed to keep my interest but never want to work with me when come to photograph.
The Common Five Ring
Photo by Terence Ang

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Yellow-Bellied Prinia

While observing the cormorant, 2 was calling nearby and one stood up expose which i took the chance to take some shot. Did not stay long as another individual was calling nearby and later followed and fly away.
Yellow-Bellied Prinia
Photo by Terence Ang

Red-Wattled Lapwing

A common species up north but breeding population expending southward and number are increasing fast. Nesting pair can be observed throughout though in southern area usually 2-4 egg where many times is 2-3. In northern area i have usually encounter 4 egg more often. However this new detail on number of egg require further study. Perhaps one day we will know the actual reason why less egg on more nesting pair for southern population.
Red-Wattled Lapwing
Photo by Terence Ang

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Little Cormorant

My old blog with title "my birding and raptor field trip" where i remember posting a cormorant which was first discover near my house. I have never try for another one till recently. Having have to celebrate my birthday alone i decided to make a trip away from my own house. Anyway the recent increase of population of Cormorant seem to be good for many birdwatcher but i already foresee possible conflict to arise. Hopefully the local conservationist group see the same aspect and work towards before it will be too late to even began for the cormorant. Anyway below are a picture and video of this cormorant. Day count were as below
Day 1 18 May 2015 : 20 individual
Day 2 19 May 2015: 9 - 15 individual
Today 20 may 2015: we probably got like 5-9 individual
Little Cormorant
Photo by Terence Ang

Asian Glossy Starling

I have seen this species of starling building nest in many area. Under house and building. This is the first time i video one on a cave ceiling. Both male and female present during building and both will stay near each other. However only one individual is seen building. I assume at current time is female does all the building. See video.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Buffy Fish Owl

Working on owl i tough. Today it was heavy rain and the owl started to call. Giving myself no choice i headed out with my light and also the waterproof video unit for some video. The owl was belief to be hunting. Over 10 minit observation was obtain on its hunting strategy. But however this was still not a full observation. We miss out some action. Anyway enjoy the video below.

Peaceful Dove

When you got nth much to work on some common bird is not that bad.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mountain Bulbul

Probably the only true montane species some may argue for peninsula malaysia. This species is bulbul is definately not rare and is always a great sight though i have draw almost blank for this species in some of the visit. Today getting skunk is exempted. They are all over and one decided to stay still a while for this shot to be taken.
Mountain Bulbul
Photo by Terence Ang

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fire-Tufted Barbet

One of the 2 commonest species in the montane. The fruiting tree this time provide us with at least a dozen of this species in one tree. So i enjoy myself observing untill after a while i realise that i have camera with me. :)
Fire-Tufted Barbet
Photo by Terence Ang

Mountain Fulvetta

One of the 3 species of fulvetta species that can be found the in the country. All can be devided according to altitude though this species in particular overlap with Rufous-Winged Fulvetta at time. This however probably the commonest fulvetta one will see. Come down to brown with Rufous winged are restricted to upper montane. I have seen the rufous winged once in fraser's hill but majority of the fulvetta species were the mountain fulvetta. I have personally not observed any nesting behaviour however other team have recorded the nest of this species though recent up to date information is still lacking.
Mountain Fulvetta
Photo by Terence Ang

Buff Breasted Babbler

A babbler species that is much more related to the montane. In some location in northern Peninsula, they can be observed lower altitude which brig it almost to lowland category. In southern area no record at such altitude. Not uncommon once you are in the right habitat but this non stop moving bird can prove to be a challenge to observed. I have seen them mating but never a nest was discovered though an active systematic search was conducted for this species. Now i wander how many nest have been recorded in Malaysia.
Buff Breasted Babbler
Photo by Terence Ang

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Slaty Backed Forktail

Honestly i have seen all the nest for forktail that can be found in Malaysia which include Borneo. Still finding a success nest is a great sight. Finding one which can be put into study is batter still. This one is less unfortunate as it cannot to placed into a research due to some technical reason. However finding the adult with two juvenile together in their dependency period is a good details to note. Now back to lab.

Slaty Backed Forktail
Photo by Terence Ang
Slaty Backed Forktail - Juvenile
Photo by Terence Ang

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rufous Browed Flycatcher

This year is probably the species of flycatcher i have seen most for nesting observation. Nesting or not it is still an interesting species to observed.
Rufous Browed Flycatcher
Photo by Terence Ang


Black Laughingthrush

Black Laughingthrush the lowest in altitude in laughingthrush species one can see. They can even be seen below gap level. This one however was observed much higher. Still not unusual but glad it call whic get my attention for a picture.
Black Laughingthrush
Photo by Terence Ang

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Blue Bronzeback Tree Snake

This guy was going after the Crested Green Lizard before it flee for its live. The snake did not stop but continue to pursue and track down the lizard. We on the other hand pursue the snake for some photo :)
Blue Bronzeback Tree Snake
Photo by Terence Ang

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

White-Rumped Shama

A species where is targeted as cage bird. The shama know for its call and beauty are trap in most park of the country mainly for exotic pet and for vocal competition. Found in many places I have even observed them as high at 900-950meter asl though many in some situation argue their existence in this location. For this photo below this was taken at almost 1000m asl.
White-Rumped Shama
Photo by Terence Ang

Hill Blue Flycatcher

In Well's vol 2 this species breeding was noted as no record. Hey what do you know. We do have a few nest. More nest considering those we have seen in previous year. To add to this gap is that nesting usually began in march. I never see one in february. Also indicate that the young as mention in Wells which is juvy observed in April and May. To date back bird are more territorial in february indicating the breeding can began in february lasted to march and fledging can be observed in May. Not knowing the rarity of the nest record we did not noted well on the nest for the pass few nest. However one was noted to be rather similar in material with verditer flycatcher. In all, nest are placed some where between 1.5m to about 3 m above ground. Most of the nest was observed in slope area, bank and also steep forested area. Male and female usually observed near nest though during nesting female remain quiter compared to male. Only male call and defend the territory while female may stay nearby. In one incident a male was observed chasing away another flycatcher. Female does most of the hard work during nesting while male provide food every now and then very typical of flycatcher. In most cases male perch high up and call when was provoke with play back. Picture below of a male of another possible nesting pair around the area. 
Hill Blue Flycatcher - Male
Photo by Terence Ang

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Orange-Bellied Leafbird

The only montane species in the country. This species can be observed in all the hill station and also highland in Malaysia. Up in the mountain this species replace all other species but at lower altitude it overlap mainly with blue winged leafbird. Overlap can be well observed at the gap area. Photo below a male while female stay higher in the canopy.
Orange-Bellied Leafbird - Male
Photo by Terence Ang

Oriental Magpie Robin

Working on black and white is always interesting as you maybe challenge to get the exposure correct most of the time. Today we give it a shot after we decided that there is no other bird for us to look at any more. This female was around just by the side of the road.
Oriental Magpie Robin - Female
Photo by Terence Ang

Oriental White-Eye

Oriental White-Eye a species commonly see at lowland from coastal, mangrove to about 600 meter asl. However in submontane and inland forest species overlap with the Everette's White-Eye which will replace the Oriental in montane area. Here in Peninsular Malaysia they are differentiate from the colour of the forehead. This can prove a hard to look for feature even for the more experience eye. Usually 3 egg when nesting but occasionally 2. Cup shape egg are place on a fork of a tree. Usually low tree rather then high tall or very big tree.
Oriental White-Eye
Photo by Terence Ang

Buff-Rumped Woodpecker

A more or less common species in our lowland area. We were lucky today to be able to observed both male and female of this species together. est of the species were also mention to be found at clearing which also indicate why they are more common lowland forest species compared to other species. This also mean they are in great danger as this habitat will be first affected with logging and other development. Nevertheless the success to adapt is rather amazing. This days as well you can observed them in plantation and also nesting in plantation. I believe this species is one of the species which may not be heavily affected by development in forest edge area considering the current knowledge of their adaptability.
Buff-Rumped Woodpecker - Male
Photo by Terence Ang
Buff-Rumped Woodpecker - Female
Photo by Terence Ang

Monday, May 4, 2015

Diard's Trogon

A rather large size trogon species though not larger then the Red Naped Torgon. Upon observing three individual, we thought we got the family group but this was never able to be confirmed. However there was definately a male and a female around. Another one was thought to be a juvenile. Nevertheless none of the two adult observed was showing any activity of nesting. None show there is any nest activity in recent week as well. However, while we was busy observing this individual, the scarlet rumped trogon was around in the area. Providing us another species to chase for.
Diard's Trogon
Photo by Terence Ang


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Yellow Bellied Warbler

A species that frequent bamboo area which is now losing most of the habitat. This species can be easily seen from lowland up to at least 900meter asl. In some cases we have seen in at 1000-1200 asl. Probably that is the highest it will go in some location. Though can be found lowland as well this species is more frequently seen in hilly and submontane zone. Once heard finding them is not hard as this species move a lot. :) such as this one a pair have been going left and right giving us very tricky situation to control our camera. Still we manage to get one shot
Yellow Bellied Warbler
Photo by Terence Ang

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Rufous Backed Kingfisher

The smallest kingfisher in the country. Also know previously as Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher. This species is know to frequent swampy area small forested stream and also forested area with nearby water. Previously know from two morph rufous back and black backed now listed as 2 different species. Having Black backed Kingfisher mainly migrant in the country rufous back are resident. Though nest was well observed and measurement was well taken. Period from March to May was also well documented. However there was no information on the incubating and fledging period. Two species mention in this month posting both have lack of information in incubating and also fledging period. Hopefully one day we will be able to close this gap soon.
Rufous Backed Kingfisher
Photo by Terence Ang

Friday, May 1, 2015

Great Slaty Woodpecker

The largest woodpecker in the country and also the largest in the region of SEA. This species can be identified with the large size and overall grey plumage. Male only differ from female by having the red on the malar area. This species can be easily seen once the call was heard. Never solitary the Great Slaty Woodpecker is always observed in small group atleast 3-6 at times. March 2015 one nest was observed (first nest for this year for this woodpecker). Only the male was observed excavating the nest hole. 2 female was present one stay a little higher while another one just below. Winkler et all 1995 mention that most of the work was done by the male however for one morning of observation only the male was observed doing the work. Later in the month and following month some other nest was also observed. Nesting period for this species are from march onwards to at least mei. Although nesting have been observed in many location just to mention a few state, perak, kedah and pahang their breeding biology are rather poorly understood. There was not incubation and brooding/nestling period available for this species where it was documented here.

Pic inserted are believe to be the subspecies of M.p.pulverulentus though differentiating subspecies can be bias without additional support of measurement and view in hand. Observation of the inserted pic take place in south malaysia.
Great Slaty Woodpecker
Photo by Terence Ang