Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A Sunny Day After The Rain

I really do enjoy the view from my balcony..... whether it is a hot, sunny day or a rainy day. 
In other words, on just any day and I am actually out here each day even if for a short period of time.

I don't get the sea view or the pool view or even the hill view at all.  Just palm trees...

Quite often I would sit out here while having breakfast or lunch or while enjoying a glass of wine in the evening and sometimes I would just sit out here to ponder and take in the view of the greeneries, watch the birds and the butterflies.

A pair of Orioles have been dropping by. 
Here's a photo of one of the Orioles, taken yesterday evening.
Wish I'd had my tripod set up but it wasn't.

And this morning, the sun finally awoke from its slumber after five days of rain.  As it warmed up, the view from the balcony was full of activities.  I find it quite a treat to watch the antics of these birds.

There was quite a racket too, with all the birds chirping, especially from the Starlings.

A bunch of them were on the ground pecking on the fallen palm fruits.

All the birds were busy feeding as perhaps there would have been limited food or less foraging the last several days?

And then I spotted this little Starling partially hidden among the palm leaves.  It kept looking up and looking around.

And then I realised there were actually two little Starlings, waiting for their parents to bring food.  Just as suddenly, they were all eager and excited and kept calling relentlessly......

The parent then swooped down and got busy feeding them.

The view from the other balcony can be interesting too.  Though I do not spend as much time there, I would often be on the lookout for the Dusky Leafed Langgurs.

Two days ago, even in the rain, this Langgur came out to its favourite spot to feed. 

Not the best photo but can you spot its tail trailing down?  As the gusts of wind came up and shook the branch around with the Langgur nestled among it, my heart went out to this primate.  This is survival. 

And this morning?  Here he is again...

Nature at my doorstep.....

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Golden Orange Female Dragonfly With Dark Wing Tips

This golden orange dragonfly is good looking, isn't it?

This dragonfly had been spotted back in July while on a dragonfly hunting trip with Robin and Wei Ling.  After taking a few photos each, we stood around the dragonfly and tried to figure out which dragonfly species this could be.  The markings on the wing tips had us thinking for a minute that perhaps it is the female of the Cratilla metallica.....

But then Robin asked, "Isn't the female Cratilla metallica darker in colour?  Can you remember?"  I tried to search the images in my head and think, but was uncertain.  We could not be entirely sure of the id of this dragonfly.  Robin was quite certain it is possibly another species.

And thanks to Robin, he had recently had Rory Dow confirm the id of this dragonfly to be the female of the Lyriothemis biappendiculata of the family Libelliludae.

So here's another species to add to the Checklist for Langkawi.  Yippeeeee!

Thanks a million to both Robin and Wei Ling!

Odonata Checklist - Langkawi

UPDATED ON: 17 August 2011



Family Calopterygidae

Echo modesta (Laidlaw, 1902)
Neurobasis chinensis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Vestalis gracilis (Rambur, 1842)

Family Chlorocyphidae

Heliocypha biforata (Selys, 1859)
Libellago lineata (Burmeister, 1839)

Family Lestidae

Lestes praemorsus decipiens (Kirby, 1893)
Platylestes heterostylus (Lieftinck, 1932)

Family Coenagrionidae

Aciagrion borneense (Ris, 1911)
Aciagrion hisopa (Selys, 1876)
Agriocnemis femina (Brauer, 1868)
Argiocnemis rubescens rubeola (Selys, 1877)
Ceriagrion auranticum  (Fraser, 1922)
Ceriagrion calamineum  (Lieftinck, 1951)
Ceriagrion cerinorubellum (Brauer, 1865)

Ischnura senegalensis (Rambur, 1842)
Pseudagrion australasiae (Selys, 1876)
Pseudagrion microcephalum (Rambur, 1842)

Family Platycnemididae

Copera ciliata (Selys, 1863)
Copera marginipes (Rambur, 1842)
Copera vittata (Selys, 1863)

Family Protoneuridae

Prodasineura humeralis (Selys, 1860)
Prodasineura laidlawii (Forster, 1907)



Family Gomphidae

Gomphidia maclachlani (Selys, 1873)
Ictinogomphus decoratus melaenops (Selys, 1858)
Paragomphus capricornis (Forster, 1914)

Family Aeshnidae

Anax guttatus (Burmeister, 1839)

Family Corduliidae

Macromidia genialis (Laidlaw, 1923)

Family Libellulidae

Acisoma parnorpoides (Rambur, 1842)
Aethriamanta brevipennis (Rambur, 1842)
Aethriamanta gracilis (Brauer, 1878)
Brachydiplax chalybea (Brauer, 1868)
Brachydiplax farinosa (Kruger, 1902)
Brachythemis contaminata (Fabricius, 1793)
Cratilla lineata (Brauer, 1878)
Cratilla metallica (Brauer, 1878)
Crocothemis servilia (Drury, 1770)
Diplacodes nebulosa (Fabricius, 1793)
Diplacodes trivialis (Rambur, 1842)
Hydrobasileus croceus (Brauer, 1867)
Indothemis limbata (Selys, 1891)
Lyriothemis biappendiculata (Selys, 1878)
Neurothemis fluctuans (Fabricius, 1793)

Neurothemis fulvia (Drury, 1773)
Onychothemis testacea (Laidlaw, 1902)
Orthethrum chrysis (Selys, 1891)

Orthethrum glaucum (Brauer, 1865)
Orthethrum sabina (Drury, 1770)
Orthethrum testaceum (Burmeister, 1839)
Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798)
Potamarcha congener (Rambur, 1842)
Rhodothemis rufa (Rambur, 1842)
Rhyothemis obsolescens (Kirby, 1889)
Rhyothemis phyllis (Sulzer, 1776)
Rhyothemis triangularis (Kirby, 1889)

Tholymis tillarga (Fabricius, 1798)
Tramea transmarina euryale (Selys, 1878)
Trithemis aurora (Burmeister, 1839)
Trithemis festiva (Rambur, 1842)
Trithemis pallidinervis (Kirby, 1889)
Tyriobapta torrida (Kirby, 1889)
Urothemis signata insignata (Selys, 1872)
Zygonyx iris malayana (Rambur, 1842)

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Trithemis aurora

Recently took this pic of the Trithemis aurora in obelisk position on a hot afternoon.....