Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mission Accomplished: Fruithunter hunted

We really did it this weekend.

A couple of weeks ago, we planned to go to Kinabalu National Park Headquaters (KNP). Unfortunately, Jason got a nasty cut on his right thumb because of an accident and we had to cancel our outing.

Not today tho, we did it!

It was a fruitful day. Happy to say mission successfully accomplished. Alphons, Jason, Zaiton and I were targeting the elusive Fruithunter. We have seen a few times, except for Alphons but no satisfactory pictures to... well, to close the case before.

The Fruithunter is a rare mountain endemic, seeing it is a pleasure...well getting a good photo is a different kind of satisfaction.

Alfons got his lifer and some nice "record shots" and the rest of us improved our earlier shots of the bird. Beside that, the real bonus for the day was obliging Blue and White Flycatcher. Rather a scarce winter visitor, today we found it and had a fun time shooting them.

Anyway, these are some of the picture taken today.

P/S all pictures were taken using P300+30XWDS+ED82 Fieldscope...

#1...One of my dreambirds, the Fruithunter (Chlamydochaera jefferyi) This was my first encounter at KNP HQ and of course one of my clearest pictures of the bird. This is a female.

#2...Sunda Bush-Warbler (Cettia Vulcania), very skulking and hard to photograph. Here, only just but satisfactory to me nonetheless.

#3...same bird at the same perch..Something only burst capability the Nikon P300 P&S camera can do.

#4...The best ever personal shot of this species.

#5..Male fruithunter at a ridiculous angle..sigh..

#6...Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni), one of the obliging birds of the day...

#7...same bird at a different angle.

#8..Blue and White Flycatcher (Cynoptila cynomelana)..I have to admit, these are some of the best shots i have ever taken with my digiscope. Personal best!

#9...I just love it!

#10... Can you blame me?? look at the overall balance of everything...I am definitely heads over heel with the shot...

#11... Snowy-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula hyperythra), not the best photos, but nonetheless was dark and about to rain.

#12 Grey-throated Babbler (Stachyris nigriceps), Not the easiest subject to photograph... to digiscope is even worse! obviously, I like it coz I don't know if I ever have the chance again..

#13...Lesser Coucal (Centropus bengalensis), please don't be alarmed..this was taken in Penampang afterwards...(Ehemmm...this was a handheld digiscoping shot...)


Anonymous said...

Extremely awesome Jo..

Zaim Hazim said...

Nice shots. Amazing time to bird now.

Jordan Sitorus said...

Thanx all

animtreebird said...

Very beautiful pictures of birds. Great close up. :)))

Avtoprokat said...

I am so glad i found your site. Fantastic photos - thank you!!