Jun 30, 2010

The Star Online

Wednesday June 30, 2010

Bird enthusiasts team up to produce book in Malay


FRASER’S HILL: A team of 20 bird enthusiasts teamed up to produce a book on the various species of birds found in the popular hill resort here.
After six months of hard work, the book entitled Khazanah Burung Bukit Fraser was completed and on sale in all major book stores now.
The book is said to be the first written in Malay as most books on birds in the market are in English.
Author Mike Chong said he co-wrote the book, containing over 300 pictures of birds, with Sutari Supari.
Chong said the idea of writing the book in Malay came about two years ago and they finally decided to work on it late last year.
Bird book lovers: (left to right): Henry Goh, Norrazi Yunus, KS Durai, Mike HN Chong, Riz, Clement Saverimuthu.
“We managed to convince a publisher, Rizanudin Nordin of Tinta Publishers to print the book.
“Other friends and birders then came forward to supply us with good and rare pictures of birds spotted here,” he said in an interview.
He said that among others, the book contained descriptions of at least 93 main bird species found in Fraser’s Hill, an introduction and guide to birdwatching as well as index of bird species along with their Malay, English and scientific names.
He believes that there is a market for such a book in Malay as there are many animal and bird lovers in the country.
“We want to promote birdwatching activities in Malaysia and we think it is important to produce a book and put on record the species of birds found in Fraser’s Hill, for the benefit of future generations,” he said.
Rizanudin said that for a start, he would print 2,000 copies of the book and it would be sold at RM73 each.
“If the response is good, we will consider a reprint and update the book accordingly.
“We will also approach libraries and schools for them to place orders so that it can be used to educate the public and students,” he said.
Rizanudin, who is also a bird lover, said efforts must be made by all parties to preserve and conserve the abundance of flora and fauna in Malaysia.

Jun 29, 2010

A return visit to TRK, Kuala Lumpur

June 2010
Copper-smith Barbet (Male)
Pond Heron ( in Nesting plumage)
Brown-throated Sunbird
Asian Glossy Starlings (Juvenile, left - Adult, right)
A Spotted Dove foraging in a shallow stream
A pair of Asian Koel (Male)
Crested Goshawk
An Iora (Juvenile)
Nesting Oriole 7
An Oriole nesting
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Goshawk 1 (Juvenile)
Goshawk 2 (Juvenile) learning to fly.
Little Heron hunting for fish in the river.
2 Braminy chicks’ heads could be seen clearly popping up above the nest. Mommy Braminy is feeding other chick (partly hidden by the twigs in the nest, at left of photo)
Papa Braminy is hovering lower than usual on  higher alert for any danger to the chicks. 

A Flame-backed Woodpecker (Female) feeds close  by.

A male Flame-backed (bottom) and female (top)  making their way up a tree trunk.
All-in-all it was another good outing!
Thank you  for dropping by. Cheers!

Jun 11, 2010

It’s the nesting season again for our feathered friends……….

Segment 3 of 3 in the series.

The Silver-Breasted Broadbill



An adult Silver-Breasted Broadbill.


Collecting leaves to build the nest.


Incubating the eggs


Adult with insect in mouth to feed chicks.


Adult feeding a young chick.

Hope you like the pictures as much as I have in sharing them with all of you. TQVM for dropping by. Cheers!

Jun 1, 2010

MNS Tasik Chini Sojourn

28 – 30 May 2010

Below text is an extract from the promotion write-up by MNS Nature Guide. Special thanks to MNS, Nature Guide for the contribution.

“Kampung  Gumum  is an Orang  Asli Settlement by the shores of Tasik Chini where these gentle  people live amidst their culture and their fragile, natural environment.
Tasik Chini is only a short distance from Kuantan, and yet it is an encapsulated world with a mystical background. It is believed that an ancient kingdom lies buried in the dark depths of this country’s second largest fresh-water lake- a vital water catchment area with 200 ha. of open water and 700 ha. of swamp forest and fresh-water swamp.
Scores of colorful butterflies, dragon -flies and damsel -flies beckon you into the forest. Huge spiders wait stealthily in their delicate, silky webs. Morning walks are perfect for birding. Hornbills fly across the valley in flocks, and the grasses teem with scaly- breasted munias. On a leisurely hike through the gently undulating forest, you may be lucky enough to spot a few small animals, and perhaps even a tapir, while the white-handed gibbons play in a noisy orchestra in the background.  You will also be amazed by the variety of medicinal plants found here.
Some time ago, there were reports about the dismal condition of the lake and its surroundings due to “plantation encroachment, illegal logging, the introduction of alien, destructive plants and that damned dam.” But during a recent trip there, we were glad to see some positive signs of rehabilitation. The famous lotus flowers of this lake have just started to bloom, and the various species of aquatic plants are beginning to thrive again. Soon, we hope to see the whole lake covered with the gorgeous, beautiful flowers .
Tasik Chini is indeed a photographer’s paradise. The clock has no place in this settlement. However, the Jakuns  who reside here need  some assistance in conserving  their  delicate, fragile  environment, and we propose to lend them a hand during our trip.”

We, Christy, Li Kim, TC Loi and yours truly started our journey by road from Kuala Lumpur at around 8.30 am on 28th May. The drive took us through mostly well paved highways and gave us an opportunity to take-in the  scenic country-side along the route. We reached our pre-arranged meeting point – the Gambang R & R at around 11.30 am. A few other groups had arrived earlier and were enjoying their late morning coffee and breakfast.

Before long we regrouped and travelled in a convoy  of 6 vehicles for Tasik Chini. This part of the journey took approximately 1 hour. Other members of the troop made their own way to the destination.

Below are some pictures of the events which unfolded over the next 2 1/2days.


A wooden planked jetty stretch out unevenly into the lake.


An awesome view of the lake! Serene and at the same time mysterious.


Lotus glorious lotus! This flower is synonymous with Tasik Chini. Both co-habit like hand-in-glove.


A panorama view of the picturesque lake.


Our humble huts to retire to for the night. LOL


The common dining hall where we would have our breakfast, tea, lunch and dinner.


‘Caught’ this giant snail before it disappeared deeper into the lake!DPP_0046

After lunch it was fun time. Blowpipe competition!


A White-bellied Sea Eagle gazed down inquisitively from it’s lofty height at the blowpipe party. It did not go unnoticed! One of the troop tipped-off yours truly of it’s presence. Many thanks buddy!


A couple of local Asli boys going out on a ‘mission’ in their motor boat.


One of the troop took a peep into a large tree trunk and discovered there were 2 eggs inside! Unable to have a positive ID. It could be that of a small bird or a lizard.


These dinosaur looking balls is actually a form of fungi. The Orang Asli Chief was quite sure they are poisonous and cautioned against anyone who are harbouring any thoughts of having them for lunch. :-)


A beautiful cluster of fungi growing on a fallen tree trunk.


And this ‘handsome looking’ fungi which felt soft to touch.


If you  should run out of your water ration whilst jungle tracking, do not despair. Air borne Lania root will supply your needs! The liquid tastes a little flat but is really refreshing!


On the 2nd morning I had the luck to see this Lesser Fish Eagle (Juvenile) flew out of the deep forest by the lakeside and circled twice over the lake. It provided sufficient time for yours truly to take-in a couple of shots. Gratis!


Tasik Chini is reported to be home to about 75 species of birds. This Rufuous-crowned Babbler is one of them. A very active and difficult bird to photograph.


It has a nice multi tone and melodious call. It’s pictured here practising it’s vocal chords whilst enjoying the warmth of the morning sun.


There is an abundance of dragon flies in Tasik Chini. Certainly macro photographers’ delight.


And also copper-winged damsel flies like this one!


This one have four wings instead of the usual two.


This wild mushroom was camouflaged  amongst the dry leaves. Thanks to Anita for spotting it.


The 3rd and last day of the sojourn was a visit to the UKM Research Centre. The troop seen here in full attention whilst the Prof gives the good oil. LOL

I hope you enjoyed the show. I will add more pix when I receive different pix from the troop.

Thanks for dropping by!!! G’Day!