Thursday, May 20, 2010

Flight Shot of Whiskered Tern

I just finished processing some flight shots which I photographed at Byram last month. The series of shots were captured with the canon 1 D mk IV and EF 800 IS lens. I set the focus to manual focus and pre-focus at the rotten tree branch. Secondly, I set the camera to shutter priority and set it at 1/1600 so that it is fast enough to freeze the flying subject. I also dialed the ISO to 800 in order to use a smaller aperture of F10. The smaller aperture created a wider depth of field to ensure greater sharpness of the subject. Here are the flight shots :

 Approaching the Landing Spot

Thanks for viewing.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mr Green, again.

For the past two weekend, I went to explore the low land forest of Sungai Sedim. My partners and I decided to hike further in than our regular place hoping to find some new species of birds. It required extra efforts as we walked up and down on the hilly track carrying 7 kg of gears.

The sunlights shone through the dense tropical forest (captured using Iphone)

Halfway through the hiking, we heard the call of the Green Broadbill and immediately went searching for it. It is very difficult to spot for this little green "gem" of the forest as the green color feather made it a perfect camouflage among the dense forest vegetation. We decided to play the "call" and hoped that Mr Green flew around. It is much easily to spot a moving objects in the dense vegetation. 

Finally we spotted it. Perching high up.

The last time I spotted the Green Broadbill was 4 months ago. I saw a male and female. However on this latest encounter, we saw total of 3 birds and one looked like a juvenile. If our observation is true, we are glad that the population has growth.

As we walked further into the trail, we spotted this pair of Orange-backed woodies. 

Male Orange-backed woodies

We decided to rest at a area where there is a stream running parallel beside the trail. As we were relaxing, we saw the Blue Banded Kingfisher, a shy and rare forest Kingfisher,  flew up stream into the forest. It was too fast for us to photograph. 5 minutes later, we saw it flew down stream again. The same pattern repeated several times while we were unwind here. After half an hour of resting, we decided to head back home. Perhaps the next trip, we will spend more time here to search for the Blue Banded Kingfisher.