My house is a typical Malay kampung house. Surrounded by farm and bushes with lot of birds. But now, population has decreased. Not as many as I saw them when I was a child. About 12 year ago, a group of hornbill is just a normal sight, it can be seen almost every day...resting high on the coconut tree then sometimes jumping down to rambutan's branches. But now, what locals called a Burung Kelekeng is one hard sight, only left some small fella mingling around house.
Seating on the front pouch with my cigarette lighted, I spot some species that can't really recall their names. After my late noon cigarette, I still can't figure out exactly their names. But what I do is try to sneak and spy their favourite location. So then, I wait and start shooting.
This is permanent resident at the back of my kitchen. Looking out through the window with 200mm focal length, I still couldn't get close (maybe I have to sell my car to get proper lens). Anyways, Canon 18-200mm Image Stabilization works well, this picture show 100 percent crop from Adobe Photoshop.
Couple of days later, I recall it's name as Murai Gila (sorry I don't have scientific name). Gila which means crazy maybe refer to it's way of flying. Flying short and fast, circling in a small area and fly low from the land. No other birds fly like them.Going in crazy direction. Besides Murai Gila, there are other types of Murai, like Murai Kampung (black and white) and Murai Cherang (brown chest)-producing beautiful sounds.
Murai Gila are smaller size compare to Murai Kampung. As days passed, one thing I noticed is that their playing time is between 3.30pm to 5pm. Seen in a couple, flying and chasing each other. Always seen spreading it's tail (peacock style) and wing quite often.
This is different species called Merbok, in Terengganu it's called Ngobok. Merbok favourite food is banana.
Kerak Nasi however not easy to photograph, their like to hide in crowded branches, and move steadily slow. Never know it's relationship with rice anyway.
Also nice is the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens' size and weight. It is not as light as the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, but similar to many other mid-range zooms.
|Model||Weight||Dimensions w/o Hood||Filter||Year|
|Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM Lens||16.8 oz||(475g)||3.3 x 3.8"||(84 x 97mm)||77mm||2003|
|Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens||22.8 oz||(645g)||3.3 x 4.4"||(84 x 111mm)||77mm||2006|
|Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens||16.8 oz||(475g)||3.1 x 3.6"||(79 x 92mm)||67mm||2004|
|Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens||7.1 oz||(200g)||2.7 x 2.8"||(69 x 70mm)||58mm||2007|
|Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens||21.0 oz||(595g)||3.1 x 4"||(79 x 102mm)||72mm||2008|
|Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens||19.1 oz||(540g)||3.1 x 3.8"||(78 x 97mm)||72mm||1998|
|Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens||17.6 oz||(500g)||3.1 x 3.5"||(78 x 90mm)||72mm||2000|
|Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens||59.0 oz||(1670g)||3.6 x 7.6"||(92 x 194mm)||77mm||2004|
|Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens||13.8 oz||(390g)||2.8 x 4.3"||(70 x 108mm)||58mm||2007|