Sunday, March 22, 2009

In My Kampong


It was Saturday morning and it rained the whole morning until noon. The temperature was cool when I was on my way to a grocery. I heard birds chirping and frogs croaking. Thanked to the rain for this unusual noon. It lured me to get ready my digital camera and cycling around the kampong (village) for a refresher.

I went to the paddy field which I visited last December. The harvest season was over by that time but I was seeing golden rice stalks hanging down in front of me right now. My luck was good enough beacuse it was only a near miss for the pictures. I saw a reaping machine was being unloaded from a trailer on the main road.

Walking around to find some fishes, I found snails in the water instead. It should worth a living to collect these snails as in French cuisine, snail is a much celebrated delicacy.

I made my move to the other side of the paddy field which was behind the row of houses for my next exploration.

Hah! It was a totally different view at all after the gathering process was well over. Guess what you can see from the picture? This is not a puzzle. I found at least three Bitterns were wading on the muddy field nearby the trees and one more was on top of a tree.

You will be able to see them when you enlarge the picture, only the capability of my digital camera does not allow a good view. This similar Bittern bird was spotted later at a riverbank though the picture is yet to be perfect.

MyJourney continued then I discovered a place where squirrels played the hide-and-seek with me. I learned further some photography skills for dummy on squirrels. I'll be back on this.


The Retired One said...

The squirrels are getting a LOT of press these days.......
Liked the photos. I like seeing palm trees.
The water looks a little polluted and not it?

Sharkbytes said...

This is really cool! I've seen a bittern once. We have them here too. I wonder if they are the same species.

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Ratty said...

I don't think I've ever seen a bittern before this. I like seeing the rice paddy field too. There aren't many things like that here in the city.

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roentarre said...


This is a great trip. The natural landscape is very original in the area.

Good captures of wildlife as well.

rainfield61 said...

The Retired One: The water is muddy, especially after a heavy rain.

Sharkbytes: The bittern is a long-distance migrant, researched around to compare American and local Bittern, I found they are similar, at least on the appearence.

Ratty: I am thinking of introducing Penang and Malaysia to everyone. This is my initial aim.

goldensparks: Thanks for the visit. Will visit and comment later.

roentarre: How is your Taiwan trip? Hope that you do enjoy yourselves.

WiseAcre said...

I love the paddy scene. Maybe I'm just longing for some warmth that the palm trees suggest.

You got to admire the French. Who else could convince the rest of the world snails, burnt coffee and bottled water are good :)

Kengkaru Kong said...

I like your kampung.... can I came to visit you sometimes? hehe!

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

The field reminded me of VN, and that is all I remember..