Sunday, November 1, 2009

Flying Mudskipper

I have shown you mudskippers some time ago, and I would like to show you something which is very interesting yet new to me right now.

As their name implies, other than walking on mudflats, mudskippers are able to skip by using their strong pair of pectoral fins. I heard of this a long long time ago, this was the first time I witnessed this exciting stunt today.

I was actually hunting for birds along Perai River this afternoon, but then this mudskipper simply diverted my attention.

It continued to skip one after another, either aiming to entertain me or to have a good exercise.

Let see together.

It applied force on the pectoral fins, and got set to catapult it self,

and,

up, upppppppp, and it flew like a bird.

Isn't it funny and interesting? I bet you have never seen this before. What do you say?

34 comments:

eileeninmd said...

No, I never seen a flying mudskipper. I do not think I have seen any kind of mudskipper. LOL! Great post and photos.

Diane AZ said...

I had never seen a mudskipper before. Great observation and photography skills to capture this awesome creature in the act!

Glennis said...

I say its a wonderful party trick, and you were lucky to be able to capture an actual skip on camera. Well done.

Cher said...

you must be very elated to capture the fying mudskipper. i've never seen one before and i am delighted to see it here. :)

Cheryl said...

Wow! I have never seen a mudskipper before, let alone a flying one! You captured great shots.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thats a good action photo. Nice capture!

Mike said...

I haven't seen mud-skippers in Thailand but have in Malaysia. I fancy they may well be here too-need to keep my eyes peeled down in the mangroves I fancy.

Ratty said...

You are so very correct! I have never seen anything like this before, and it is definitely interesting. This is one of the great action shots I've seen.

rainfield61 said...

eileeninmd: This is truly Malaysia.

Diane: You are right, it takes
great observation and patience to get some special.

Glennis: Ha Ha!! No trick at all, solely luck that works.

Cher: There will be a day the mudskippers would have skipped further and further, you may then see them in Singapore.

Cheryl: I am right, nobody is so lucky as me initially, but everyone has the same luck finally. LOL.

Kirigalpoththa: Action packed.

Mike: I strongly believe they are there in Thailand,at least in Southern Thailand. Waiting for your good news.

:: flyingstars :: said...

that's some nice shots of the mudskippers...you have captured it so wonderfully!

Gallicissa said...

You've done great to capture them in the element. Very good, rainfield. Sometimes the joy such distractions brings is better...

Autumn Belle said...

It definitely is skipping and flying in the mud. It is doing justice to its name.

Mei Teng said...

My first time seeing them was when I visited Morib Beach sometime early this year.

Robo said...

Nice photos!
Which part of Perai River? If I'm not mistaken, there are many fly or un-fly mudskipper at the Permatang Pauh River (correct me if I'm wrong).
Anyway, thanks for sharing...
Have a nice weekend!

yen said...

great follow thru...and i agree with you that it takes patience to wait and to make these sequential shots.

Salitype said...

you are absolutely right, rain. never seen one like it before....and you bet i was amazed.

you always are showing us something new to learn and witness. thanks for sharing.

Bengbeng said...

i have never seen it flying before. been ages since i last seen one too

Petit Eyekiss said...

You are right! I never seen a mudskipper before.
nice shot!

Icy BC said...

Great capture, rainfield! I've not seen a flying mudskipper either!

Footsteps said...

Great capture of an intriguing creature!

rainfield61 said...

Ratty: Hahahahahaha.... I am so correct, but have to admit, still need a lot of improvement on the photography skill.

flyingstars: In fact, the mudskipper rolled, walked and skipped in front of me. It was a nice day to me.

Gallicissa: Distractions sometimes bring us surprises, it is true at the end because I did not get decent pictures on birds.

Autumn Belle: If it needs to continuosly fly and skip in order to do justice to its name, its life is to be too tough. LOL.

Mei Teng: You mean you have seen them skipping and flying. You are another lucky one.

Robo: It is somewhere nearby the bridge, along the river bank at Seberang Jaya. There is a variety of birds around, monkey, crabs, reptiles, etc can be spotted as well.

yen: It was 2pm by the river bank. It needs more than patience. LOL.

Salitype: Your posts are very educational as well. BTW, I hope we can learn from each other, and get to know each other's place by then.

Bengbeng: It is once upon a time...

Petit Eyekiss: Then it must be an eye opener to you. Welcome abroad.

Ana said...

That flying mudskipper looks so beautiful, I like how he is twirling in the picture from jumping. Amazing capture.

Pacey said...

It is interesting indeed, first time I've seen this rain and am ever glad you've shown these photos. Wow..i'm learning so much.

betchai said...

you are correct, i have never seen it before. i believe i will enjoy it as much as you did.

George said...

You're right -- I have never seen this before. You got wonderful pictures of the skip.

VanillaSeven said...

Last time when I was a kid, my uncle used to have a mud field filled with these fishes. Thats a high jump you took there!

Tes said...

Two rare things, wow! First, you captured a mudskipper. Second, you captured a mudskipper in action! Hoe cool can you get! I have never seen one and am thrilled to watch it take off. Really cool photos -very interesting!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Wow, these are pretty cool. I have never seen them and it seems as if they are performing for you :D

Sharkbytes said...

That is amazing! I don't think I've even heard of these!

Stop by later at My Quality Day... you got a link for a month for being a top commenter this month. I'll have it posted soon.

Ai Shiang said...

I didn't know that it's called mudskipper. I always see it in the discovery documentary. It's rather fascinating 'cos it can breathe out of water. if I'm not mistaken, it breathes in the mud.

I always like to say that perhaps human actually evolved from this creature as fetus has gill too before it is born!

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Yes. Ikan tongkol we call it here.

Ayie said...

yes only from rainfield! great, you captured the action so well!

Sharodindu said...

It is really very amazing...I admit that I have never seen this before.
Great post with rare photographs and nice lines.. :)

The Retired One said...

Wow, those are amazing action shots!