Saturday, November 29, 2008

Different color of Olive-back sunbird?

These are two photos of front and back of this colorful little bird I took and I believe it is the Olive-backed Sunbird. It looks the same compare the shots which I posted earlier but the color has a bit different.It must belong to the same species of Sunbird

The Olive-backed Sunbirds are small songbirds, at most 12cm long. The underparts of both male and female are bright yellow, the backs are a dull brown color. The forehead, throat and upper breast of the adult male is a dark, metallic blue-black. But the underparts of this bird which I captured in Cameron Highlands is white in color.

The photo was taken at the Cactus Point when I was looking at the flowers and cactus plants.This colorful little bird came and sucking nectar from the flower plants. I took out my Canon 70-200mm F2.8 zoom lens and immediately took some shots.

A colorful flower of Canna lily

Canna or Canna lily are one of the most popular garden plants. The photo was taken on the roadside of Tanah Rata, Cameron Highland.

Some species and many cultivars are widely grown in the garden in temperate and sub-tropical regions. Sometimes, they are also grown as potted plants. A large number of ornamental cultivars have been developed. They can be used in herbaceous borders, tropical plantings, and as a patio or decking plant.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tigers can swim.

Among the big cats (generally refer to the tiger, lion, leopard, and jaguar ) only the tiger and jaguar are strong swimmers. Tigers are often found bathing in ponds, lakes and rivers.

I like the reflection in the water
around the tiger and the picture was taken in Zoo Negara
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Tiger attack! should the animal be blamed and put to sleep

I took this photo at Zoo Negara in the afternoon. The weather was hot and the tiger wanted to go into the pond to cool his body.

On thursday, a cleaner was killed by three white tigers at Singapore Zoo and it developed into a hot arquement. The tragic incident has received many people different views as reported in the Straits Times Singapore. Some suggested that any animal that kill a man, that animal should be put to sleep.

But some defended the three white tigers and the Zoo as this was not totally of their faults. It has stated NO ONE to be allowed in the enclosure until the animals are in their dens. Not even the keepers who, of all people, would know the tigers’ individual characters/temperaments.

The incident started with the cleaner as he jumped over to the enclosure to provoke the wild animals. But I really feel sorry for this tragic incident that the cleaner was killed such a way.

The Zoo has done all they can to ensure that the tigers don’t get out of their enclosure and start attacking people. If someone chooses to go out of their way to get into the enclosure however… what can the zoo do?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hibiscus Flower?

I am not sure when and where I took this image. I found it in my archive and I guess it is a hibiscus flower.

Can anyone to confirm this is a hibiscus flower ? Click the image to view larger version

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The colorful little bird return pt2

These are Olive Backed Sunbirds.The top is male and bottom is female.

These colorful little birds are actually the Olive-backed Sunbird.The sunbirds are a group of very small birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

The Olive-backed Sunbird is common across southern China to the Philippines and Malaysia down to northeast Australia. They are small songbirds, at most 12cm long. The underparts of both male and female are bright yellow, the backs are a dull brown color. The forehead, throat and upper breast of the adult male is a dark, metallic blue-black.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The colorful little bird return pt1

These are two more pictures which I captured when this colorful little bird resting in my porch. I do a heavy vertical crop. She is singing and stretching her beautiful wings

I think this is a better cropping compare to the horizontal.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The colorful little bird returns

The colorful little bird returns
...When I hear the familiar chirping, I know the little bird returns. This time she is resting in my porch. I don't know what she is thinking it may be the afternoon sun make the weather hot and couldn't find any food. She looks tired and needs a shelter. ( click on image to view larger version.)

I quickly took out my camera, Canon 30D and 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens. This time I capture it closer but against the sunlight.

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