J1 Field Test Part 3 - Up in Genting Highlands

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Not been to Ulu Kali for 2 months now, but yesterday morning trip was sort of the best chance I had to test the Nikon J1 and FT1 adapter. Sigh, there aren't many birds that came out for us, only a few species but they came too close to where me and my birding friends.

Calls were heard from species like Golden-throated Barbet, Common Green Magpie, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Pygmy Wren-babbler, Lesser Shortwing, and much more. However, we only sighted a Common Buzzard, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Spectacled Laughingthrush, Malayan Laughingthrush, Wreath Hornbill, Mountain Leaf Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Javan Cuckooshrike, Long-tailed Sibia, Barred-throated Minla and Large Niltava.
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J1 Field Test Part 2

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ever since I got the Nikon J1, I have not use a third party lens for field testing. Therefore I decided to give it a go today. Equipped with a Tamron 180mm f3.5 + FT1 adapter + Nikon J1, I went out looking for butterfly. Instead, I got a few birds. I'm an opportunist so, why not shoot the birds with the setup? Though the AF doesn't work, I can still focus on the subject manually.

Next, after office hour, I stopped at my "not-so-new-anymore" birding ground for the usually birds like Black-thighed Falconet and Common Flameback.

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A Quiet Morning in KL

Monday, December 26, 2011
After a long absence from this park, I decided to make a brief stop this morning with my new Nikon J1 mounted with a FT1 adapter and Nikon 300mm f4. Surprisingly, not many birds were sighted this morning and many were far away although trees are still fruiting. The fig tree that attracts the Coppersmith Barbet is still fruiting vigorously. sigh...

Then, a few commoners like Oriental Magpie Robin, White-throated Kingfisher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, and Zebra Dove came close for some test shots. Here there are...

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Found my Missing Digiscoping Adapter!

Monday, December 19, 2011

I finally found the misplaced digiscoping adapter. It was hidden under the car seat all this while. Today, when passing by a small pond, there were 41 Painted Storks so I decided to stop for a digiscoping session. Darn...I forgot that I was wearing a striking colored shirt!!! So, these big guys doesn't allow me to shoot - they flew off as I tried to get close to them. But the Eurasian Tree Sparrow perched for a few seconds and here are a few resized, slightly cropped and USM image.

Apart from the 41 storks and a few ET sparrow, there were also 4 Little Egret, 5 Cattle Egret, dozens of Javan and Common Myna, House Crow, 2 Pipit, 6 Peaceful Dove and 1 Brown Shrike.

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Asian Brown Flycatcher and Gerygone

Friday, December 9, 2011
During this period of time, one will never miss the sighting of Asian Brown Flycatcher. Highly adaptable and found in almost all habitat of various elevation. Here is one sighted in Cyberjaya yesterday afternoon with the only gerygone species in Peninsular Malaysia, Golden-bellied Gerygone.

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Bird Magnet: Macaranga gigantea

The Mahang tree (Macaranga gigantea) is really a good magnet and proved to be a good spot to shoot bird at least for the 2 hours (2-4pm) when i was there. This tree in the garden is situated not too far from my home.

Park my car next to the tree and waited. One species after another. A flock of purple-backed starling started the fruit feast, then they flew away after a flock of myna came over. Then, the starling came back again. During the quiet period, a few yellow-vented bulbuls and a lone pied triller took their turns to taste the fruits. That's not over yet, the starling came back again. Next, came the Oriental White-eye. A few Olive-backed Sunbird and Scarlet-backed Sunbird were in the vicinity and perched on a rubber tree behind. Did not see them joining the 'banquet' though. 4 Ashy Minivet were there too but only perched on the bare branches and flew away a few minutes later.

Purple-backed Starling

Javan Myna

Pied Triller

Oriental White-eye

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