Name: White-throated kingfisher
Scientific: Halcyon smyrnensis
Malay: Pekaka Belukar / Pekaka Dada Putih
White-throated Kingfisher or Halcyon smyrnensis is a large kingfisher which has a thick, reddish-orange bills, red legs, and dark chocolate-coloured heads, bellies, and shoulders. A white patch can be found on the throat and sometimes the breast. The wings and tail are bright blue with white patches on the primaries and black distal tips.
This species is common in rural areas, villages, towns and parks, also in mangroves, near coasts, along rivers and on agricultural land. The diet of the White-throated Kingfisher is known to include insects, lizards and amphibians as well as fishes. Although they feed on fish, White-throated Kingfishers are not deep divers and do not spend significant amounts of time underwater. This kingfisher is listed under Least Concern in the IUCN Red List (2017).
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Name: Common kingfisher
Scientific: Alcedo atthis
Malay: Burung Raja Udang / Pekaka Cit-cit Kecil
I made a trip down to Johor Bahru during the Christmas holidays and stayed in JB until Saturday 28.12.2019. Took the opportunity to photograph the Common kingfisher (Alced atthis) at one of the parks in the JB city.
Alcedo atthis is commonly known as Common Kingfisher. It belongs to family Alcedinidae. This species is the smallest of open country kingfishers that are familiar throughout Europe and Asia. It can be found in water’s edge in open-country swamps, old mining pools, aquaculture ponds, and mangroves.
As for this species, both male and female are almost identical except for an orange colouration with a black tip on the lower part of the female’s bill. The colour of their wings and upperparts is blue-green, while the rump and tail are bright blue. It also has bright orange underparts with a small, white bib underneath their bill, on the throats (Strange & Jeyarajasingam, 1993). The common kingfisher feeds mainly on fish and invertebrates and will fly rapidly, low over the water, and hunt for the fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water's surface.
It is my privilege to inform that I'll be conducting my second SONY Alpha Workshop at Masjid Sri Sendayan, near Seremban, Negeri Sembilan (GPS: 2.684528, 101.845263) this Saturday, 14.12.2019.
Registration for the event is being handled by SONY Malaysia through the event website: https://www.sony.com.my/microsite/events/imaging. Similar to my workshop at the River of Life, this time around, there will be several SONY camera bodies as well as lenses on loan for the participants.
Participation was low probably due to the wet weather at the earlier part of the evening.
The following were some of the images taken on a sunny day a few days before the workshop:
I just came back from a short 4D3N trip to Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia yesterday (09.12.2019). I decided to travel light for this trip, hence, I had requested for a loan unit of SONY RX10 Mark IV (RX10M4), a solid and smart all-in-one compact camera with pro-style operability, which packs enough groundbreaking innovations for even professionals to marvel at, from ultra-fast AF system of its kind, to legendary optics throughout its 25x zoom range, to extraordinarily precise and powerful image processing. Please click HERE for details about the camera.
The RX10M4 comes with Eye AF for human and animal, making it a great travelling camera for street as well as wildlife photography, especially for those wanting to have minimal gear. The camera also comes with high-speed 24fps shooting with AF/AE tracking and silent electronic shutter when silence is required. What intrigued me the most is the 35mm equivalent rancge of 24mm-600mm and aperture range from f/2.8 -f/4, which had allowed me to capture some birds during the trip. I took 3 nos. of SONY FP-NW50 batteries along with me, which could last me about half-a-day of heavy shooting.
In summary, the SONY RX10M4 is surely something worth considering if you are looking for an all-in-one pro-level camera from SONY. The only downside is the battery life
Here are some of the bird images taken with the RX10M4.
Name: Little cuckoo dove
Scientific: Macropygia ruficeps
Malay: Tekukur Api
Name: Olive-backed sunbird
Scientific: Cinnyris jugularis
Malay: Kelicap Bukit
Name: Javan munia
Scientific: Lonchura leucogastroides
Malay: Pipit Jawa
Name: White-breasted woodswallow
Scientific: Artamus leucorynchus
Name: Long-tailed shrike
Scientific: Lanius schach
Malay: Tirjup Ekor Panjang
This is the photography journey of Nur Ismail Photography where all the experiences from this year onwards will be shared with the audience. In collaboration with NiSi Malaysia, Leofoto, SONY Malaysia and Skylum Software. Thanks for viewing!