Sunday, June 20, 2010

Buff-necked Woodpecker

June 20 2010, Lately It has been tough to find good bird photography location. The migratory birds have moved north bound, back to their summer breeding ground at Northern Hemisphere. I decided to try my luck at the Sungai Sedim lowland forest again. I was trying to look for some resident lowland forest birds. 
This morning I bought along my 16-35 L wide angle zoom lens. I planned to shoot some scenery photos of the forest. I packed the 16-35 L into ThinkTank Speed Demon and belted it on my waist. The Speed Demon is really handy, I can keep most of my birding accessories, such as my apple ipod, a mini speaker, a Nikon binocular, blackberry phone and etc. The padded belt and bag fitted comfortably on my waist as I hiked on the small trail with the EF800 IS mounted on the Gitzo carbon fibre tripod carried on my shoulder.

ThinkTank Speed Demon

Scenery of the lowland forest
1 D mkIV 16-35 mkII L

It was not a bad day, I managed to get a photo lifer and few other improvement shots of the Buff-necked woodies, YellowBreasted Flowerpecker and Lesser Green Leafbird.  However, it was tough to shoot in the dense lowland forest. The dense vegetation made a perfect hiding place for forest birds. On a few occasion, I heard the call of Banded Broadbill, Red-napped Trogon and Green Broadbill but was frustrated not able to find the birds

Buff-necked Woodies
Photo Lifer of the Day
1 D mkIV EF 800 IS with 1.4 TC

Lesser Green Leafbird

Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

June 19 2010, This morning I went to a park near Relau at Penang Island to photography the nesting activities of the Tickell's Blue Flycatcher. Unfortunately, I was a bit late, the chicks have left the nest. I found the adult birds hang around the hiking trail at the park. Both the male and female were actively hunting for food and on some occasion perched at the bamboo trees. I managed to get some record shots of the male and female while it perched there.

Male Tickell's Blue Flycatcher


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blue Throated Bee Eater Breeding Ground

June 13 2010, This morning I re-visited the Bee Eater breeding ground. I saw a few pairs of Blue Throated busy building nests. The adult birds were busy digging small hole at the ground. Some other adult birds were busy hunting for insects and bring it to the nest for feeding the young birds. I decided to try to shoot some flight shot of the adult birds hovering above the nest. It was a very "rewarding " outing this morning, I managed to get some decent photos and video.

Hovering above the nest

Landing at the nest

HD Video footage:

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Look

June 8th 2010, Today I revamp my blog. I  upgraded the standard template to the 3 column wider template. The new template allowed me to embed a full youtube video screen. On top of that, I am able to place additional gadgets on the left and right column. I hope the readers and followers would enjoy the upgrade.

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Blue Throated Bee Eater (Pic and Video)

June 8th 2010, Recently the Blue Throated Bee Eater arrived at its breeding ground at an open scrubland at Penanti Penang. I photographed a series of "food in the mouth" shot during my visit here last weekend. The adult birds were hunting for insects for feeding their young birds.

"Dragon Fly as breakfast"

For more pictures, please view it at Pbase Bee Eater

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Video Footage with DSLR

Lately, I started to capture video footage of birds. Over the weekend, I edited all the footage and combined it into a video clip. I made the video clip by using the Apple iMovie. The title of the video is "After Rain". Hope you like it.  

Or you can view it at "After Rain"