Thursday, July 16, 2009

What I had seen after the rain

I am not a bird watcher and do not have patience to wait for birds to come along. Anyhow I do not think Cerok Tokun is a suitable place for this occasion though I did see bird watchers having their heavy equipment been set up on the hiking trail once upon a time. I have been hiking for years at this place, I heard not much bird chirping around.

To be honest, this is my sole picture showing a bird at Cerok Tokun. You may or may not see it. The result is nothing to do with "The Emperor's New Clothes" that cause you fear of appearing stupid.

It is the photographer's problem to have only one picture on hand besides that little bird hiding itself too well.

And I thought I could find some more birds around. Yes, I did find something that fly, but it was not a bird and was even smaller than a bird.

It should have stared at me for a long time at many different angles at one time. I know I have to picture it in my post, so everyone of you can help to stare back to this fearless insect at many angles at one time, and I can declare that human has finally win the war.

It is a nonsensical Thursday, and is just the start of the day.

20 comments:

Heather Dugan ("Footsteps") said...

I would imagine it difficult to spot birds within the dense foliage, and you don't sound as if you sit around waiting very much! Nevertheless, you find great subjects to photograph and share here.

betchai said...

i share your difficulty to shoot birds in a very dense forest, that is what happened when i attempted to photographs birds in our bird sanctuary in an island in the philippines. i hear them chirping, yet i could not catch any, not even one like what you have in the first picture. that bird looked cute there right with the leaves.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Wow, that is a very pretty fly. Ours are all just black... well sometimes we see a bluebottle with a dark metallic bluish body, but that one is really pretty. Does it have a name? Does it bite?

eng said...

oh! i've seen the little bird, rainfield! right in the center of the picture. i would have missed it if not for the white streak of feather on its head....

compare to the fly which actually stands out in your shot...what vivid colors!

Pacey said...

I see the little bird there rain, camouflaged by the leaves of the same color. :)

Ginnymo said...

I'm sure there are lots of birds there. They are just hard to spot because of all the dense forest. And he is a tiny one..But that fly is scary with those big red eyes. Yikes! Be afraid. They bite! Ha! Nice post Rainfield!!

VanillaSeven said...

I like the big "sunglasses" on that fly. I read somewhere that their eyes are very unique, can view multiple angle. that's why it's hard to catch them

Icy BC said...

Well then, good morning to you!

The picture of the fly is fantastic..

Ratty said...

birds are very difficult to get unless you have the equipment of a bird watcher. It's usually much more fun to keep walking than to chase birds. A lucky picture of a bird or this fly is still satisfying though.

Mei Teng said...

I did some bird watching in Sandakan. It was fun. Would have been even better if I had those powerful binoculars.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Bird watching is a complete different ball game i guess. You need very good camera's and equipment.

Also as you mentioned lot of patience too.

Anyway I like the picture of the fly. Think you have the patince to be a good bird watcher :)

Harumi said...

About the 1st pic, the birdie has put on a superb camouflage but when the pic was zoomed in, I was able to spot it right away. Cuz its tiny left leg is more visible.. shining like a twig.. and its head has a rusty patch complemented with a white forehead-band.. its beak appears a lil big for its tiny head and curves like of a raven's, while its dark gray feathers have tinges of beige tones.. er.. I wonder if I'm seeing too much with my color blindness! =D

About the 2nd pic, that tiny fly / insect is wearing a stunning peacock blue.. and it's my favorite color too! =D But ya, its big scarlet eyes sure looks scary. lol

Thanks for sharing these great pics!

rainfield61 said...

Heather Dugan: There must be wonder within the dense foliage, if I adventure further, but I won't. Haha..

betchai: These pictures have been long waited. A blog on Cerok Tokun without any birds seems incomplete.

Sharkbytes: I did not think it is pretty initially, but have been influenced to think so finally. A fly is pretty. Sigh... (lol), but I do not know its name.

eng: Then, I'll say, you are not the "King" in the story of "The Emperor's New Clothes".

Pacey: Many people camourflage themselves within the crowd too. Some of them mean to be good, some of them mean the opposite.

Ginnymo: It won't bite, but is very noisy flying around me.

rainfield61 said...

VanillaSeven: In fact I first thought of Power Ranger. Your "sun glasses" are not a bad idea. Cheers.

Icy BC: My nonsensical Thursday almost reach the end. I'll say Good Morning to you now.

Ratty: Yes, much more fun to keep walking than standing still likes a tree. (Trees may then protest that I have not understand them fully).

Mei Teng: May you share the experience to us then? It should be very interesting.

Kirigalpoththa: Just afraid those birds will hide within the dense woods, laughing at me.

Harumi: You make me going back again, to the picture of course, to read your description on the bird. The bird seems to be happier with this newly discovered image.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture birds. I love birds so I am always on the lookout for them. It was difficult to find the bird in the photo but I finally saw him in the middle of the picture. He blends right into his surroundings. Beautiful pictures.

journey adventure said...

love you nice pic. Where is this place? seem like a place that i might be interested in going.

rainfield61 said...

Poetic Shutterbug: This naughty little thing has made us straining our eyes. .. .....

journey adventure: Thanks for the drop by. It is Cerok Tokun at Bukit Mertajam, Penang. She is my weekend lover.

Harumi said...

Really? That's greatta hear. hehe..

Gallicissa said...

Your bird is definitely a Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus species. It is hard to narrow it down to species level as I cannot read the features well in that pic. However, if I am threatened to identify it at gun-point I would say Large Scimitar Babbler, which is found in elevations ranging from 915-2,135m in Peninsular Malaysia.

rainfield61 said...

Gallicissa:: Thanks for the visit. I'll then have two experts, you and Tabib, to help me identifying my birds.