Sunday, February 28, 2010

In action ... bird of prey

Saw this bird next to the office parking lot few days ago, didn't have my camera then.
Initially it was hovering above an open field, thought it was a kite with its wing tips flapping in the air. When it made a sudden move to change its position, i realize its a bird of prey in action ... hunting for rodents in the open field.

Now spotted at my favourite loitering place, the National Geographic photographer wannabe jumped into action. With diminishing light at sunset, these are the best shots i could get before calling it a day.

Black-winged Kite
Elanus caeruleus

Best pose with its wings wide open, too bad the talons are in closed position.

Black-winged Kite
Elanus caeruleus

Best forward wings formation, complete profile of the bird is visible. The slight glint in the eyes add to oomph to the shot. See the orange cast sky in the background, light is really scarce.

Black-winged Kite
Elanus caeruleus

Another side view ... best TALON shot? ... finger licking good KFC

Better beamer next ... ?

I dreamed of ...

Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Merops philippinus

Bee eater against a strong evening sun ...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lone eagle ...

Crested Serpent-Eagle
Spilornis cheela

Can't resist to stop the car by the road side to capture this eagle
sitting on a tall dead tree by the road side ...

Looking forward to more eagles in next week's raptor watch.

Local birding trip ...

Purple Swamphen
Porphyrio porphyrio

... finally a good close-up photos showing the eyes clearly.

Pacific Swallow
Hirundo tahitica

Which way north?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More birds ... CNY holidays

Temminck's Sunbird
Aethopyga temminckii

Another species of humming bird ... Red neck

Weaver bird down south ...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sun bird close up ...

Olive-backed Sunbird
Cinnyris jugularis

Sun bird close encounter during CNY at Bandar Seri Botani park.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Street peddlers ...

Hmm ...

Baby photography ...

Available light photography .... light from a nearby window

A shot taken in late evening with the magic lens ...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cherry blossom .... being there

Typical scene there at this time of year, wonderful place to be to soak up the atmosphere ...

Grand decoration put up at a major shopping complex ... you should be there!

Its not so difficult to get there, just drive down to the heart of KL to visit the PAVILLION.

Shrike ..... a winter sign

When you see or hear them, you know its sign of winter up north where they came from. Always loud and noisy with their calls.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

First encounter with this bird

Black and Red Broadbills
Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos

Stumble into this bird while driving around south, there was a pair of them foraging nearby a stream by the road. The evening sun is helping to light the bird. This is the best shot i could get before they disappear off into the bush.