Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Encounter with a rare Malkoha

Red-billed Malkoha (Zanclostomus javanicus) - "Cenok Api" - Malay
It is not common to stumble upon the Red-billed Malkoha in Sarawak.  This is because it is one of  the very rare malkoha on this big island of Borneo. The rarest of malkoha is the Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus), the Red-billed comes second.  It was therefore  a fortunate encounter I had on the 12th of January this year. The Red-billed Malkoha produced a muted call which sounded like "oak,oak,oak,oak,oak" repeated many times. What is appealing about the bird is its red bill and rufous lores, chin, throat and breast.  The orangish colour is in striking contrast with the greenery of the jungle.  Its long tail is dark bluish green.  I am looking forward to more sightings of the Red-billed Malkoha at the Kambatik Park, Bintulu in order to have better images of the bird.  For more images of the Chestnut-breasted Malkoha sighted at the Kambatik Park please follow this link ...>>>http://mybirdingsarawak.blogspot.my/search/label/Malcoha


Monday, November 16, 2015

The "World of Pustaka" coffee table book launched

Launching of the book " The World of Pustaka" by Datuk Hajah Fatimah at Pullman Hotel, 16 Nov'15.
Photos I contributed
 The Coffee Table book entitled " The World of Pustaka" or Alam Pustaka in Malay, was successfully launched this morning by the Minister of ,Welfare, Women and Family Development, Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah, representing the Chief Minister of Sarawak.  The book launch was held in conjunction with the official opening ceremony of  an international conference called " International Knowledge Conference - the key to a better tomorrow" , organised by the Sarawak State Library ( Pustaka Sarawak) held at the same venue by Datuk Fatimah.   I am part of a group of 14 photographers who contributed to the extensive range of photos in the book under QBC or Quebah Clicks Kuching photography society.  At the inset are examples of the photos I contributed.  The book consist of 200 pages, in full colour , 25cm x 25 cm in size, 2.5 cm thick and is extremely valuable as a current source of knowledge on the web of life surrounding the Pustaka Sarawak library garden, greenery and landscaped areas.  It is a book full of appreciation of the natural world of Pustaka, its flora and fauna, community usage of the facilities provided by the library, done in generous spread of macro, close-up and landscape photographic perspectives.  I also had a hand in the text of the book.  The book project started in 2014 and completed in 2015.  Million thanks to Pustaka Sarawak being the sponsor/publisher of the book,
With some of the book contributors