Friday, July 30, 2010

Mammals of Gunung Tampin ...

Saw this bulge on the tree trunk, almost believe its
a decaying notch until peering thru the view finder.

Its a Colugo @ flying lemur
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Malayan Colugo
Cynocephalus variegatus

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nut hatch ...

Lifer shot of the nuthatch, weird though as if the bird is in season.
The same bird (species) was captured by Madibirder in his blog at about the same time.

The active bird is hard to follow.
Again, the dark forest gives the flash a heavy workout as demonstrated in the 2nd picture.

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Sitta frontalis

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gunung Tampin birding ...

Gunung Tampin barbets in the shadow of the forest ...
Lighting is poor in the dense forest, BB in service.

Gold-whiskered Barbet
Megalaima chrysopogon

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fire in the forests ...

Gunung Tampin up in smoke ....
The culprit were a pair of fiery red bird.

Two of them were sighted far away from where I was standing,
merely a record shot.

First sighting of this species for me,
couldn't miss the flashes of red in the lush green jungle.

Scarlet Minivet
Pericrocotus flammeus

PS : Gunung Tampin is safe and sound, no flame was lighted in the making of this photo.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Denizens of the forest ... part 2

Back to Gunung Tampin to discover new birds, mammals, snakes, crabs ....
The place is popular with joggers, walkers, hiking, trekking, birding, picnic, .... young and old.

As usual go off the normal tracks, bearing in mind where I put my foot ...

I remember a regular jogger to the place said ...
you like to shoot bee hives? ... nah,
you like to shoot snakes? there is 1 cobra by the road .... ahem.

Every time we met, the uncle would ask if I shot any interesting subjects.

An unidentified mammal observing from the tree top. Later identified as Black Giant Squirrel

See more images of Black Giant Squirrel from the net.

Black Giant Squirrel
Ratufa bicolor

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Broadbills of Repah ...

Lifer Broadbill of Repah ...
Was shooting the Drongo when the Broadbill suddenly presented
itself on the lower durian tree branch.

Like all Repah birds, this Broadbill is not shy. I was like less
than 3m from it and it allowed me to take quite a number of shots
before flying off.

Hey look at me ...

Black-and-yellow Broadbill
Eurylaimus ochromalus

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Repah Flower Peckers ...

One bird came so close that it caught me unprepared,
was still trying to optimise the BB. This shot was
saved by RAW manipulation to -2 stops.

Noticed the bird likes hairy fruits, from the small creeper
fruits to rambutans as big as the bird.

Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker
Prionochilus maculatus

Monday, July 12, 2010

Repah Drongos ...

Back in the game after 2 weeks busy with moving house.
First stop, Gunung Datuk yielded nothing ...
Not satisfied turned to Repah the lifer saving ...

I guess the normally shy drongo is happy to see me again,
with many good poses at such a close distance.

Hint hint hint : shiny feathers ... BB at work.

Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo
Dicrurus paradiseus