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Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp   Leave a comment


Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

We arrived at the water boats’ hub to get into our boat heading towards the Hotel beside the Inle Lake.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub. My mother is safely on board,

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub. My mother is safely on board,

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub. We are off to the Hotel.

Day 3.10 ~ Leaving for Inle Lake after the Visit to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and arriving the Water Transportation Hub. We are off to the Hotel.

 

 

Water bus – an easier way to travel around   2 comments


Water bus – an easier way to travel around

Water bus - an easier way to travel around the lake,

Water bus – an easier way to travel around the lake,

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3   Leave a comment


The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 3

 

Boat trip to the river mouth   4 comments


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Boat trip to the river mouth

Introduction
After a whole day without electricity. I am back at 7.45 pm after Tenaga “rewired the loose connections” of my 3-phased supply. Thanks to Chye Hong’s wiremen for “pulling out the plugs” of all electrical appliances as we thought it was short-circuit problem which was of a more common occurrence in my house. They checked every possibility and said that Tenaga meter is the problem and they are right. It was hot and sticky day because of no fan, no internet, no blogging, no TV, no fridge, no washing machine, and we are so dependent on electricity in modern time. Felt so helpless and “depressed”. Anyway, all things said it is back to normal again. I can do my blog entry again from now. Better late than never.

Tenaga is the sole Malaysia’s National Electrical Utility Company.

SP Lim
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After spending sometime walking around the small town – the equivalent of a large fishing village, we boarded our two assigned boats each ferrying 10 to 15 passengers. Everyone was required to wear a orange-coloured life jacket as a precautionary measure. Luckily, the rivers in Perak has not reported sightings of crocodiles for many years.
We passed acres and acres of Mangrove Swamps – that is why this area is also famous for the manufacture of charcoal, a cheap source of fuel for cooking in the rural areas. Some, there are white migratory egrets on these trees and barren branches. After about 15 minutes, we are right at the river mouth. In the centre, one can see a floating restaurant in red and orange. It is also served a lodging house for those interested at the rate of RM150.00 per night with a seafood dinner thrown in, as advertised by the boat-man. However, our objective for the day, was to shoot the eagles here and not for food and recreation. There are also fish cages for rearing of fishes for consumption. Trash fishes are fed to these fishes which are sold once these fishes are of suitable size. Next we headed towards the fishing village known by the locals as “Lau Kang” or translated as “Old River” Fishing Village or presently known as Kuala Sangga with a varying population staying there. Currently, a local villager said ony 28 occupants are around there as it was Sunday.
More interesting facts on the village on my next blog.

SP Lim
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Eagles   7 comments


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Photo-shooting of eagles seemed simple and easy but it turned out almost all the photographs are out of focus. So must manipulate a bit as I do not use photoshop. This is my very first attempt to photo-shoot these eagles from a boat using a 70-200 mm lens. Most photographs taken are out of focus and small in size, A lot of cropping was done and a speed of 1/2500 second was used in all the photographs. Normally, I just involve myself with the easier task of street photography for my blog, shooting of the street opera performances, some concert in audiotoriums, some events and lesser strenous stuff.

SP Lim
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From Wikipedia:-
Eagle
Eagle is a common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae; it belongs to several groups of genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other.

Most of the 60 species of eagles are from Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just 14 species can be found – two in North America, nine in Central and South America, and three in Australia.

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Description
Eagles are large, powerfully built birds of prey, with a heavy head and beak. Even the smallest eagles, like the booted eagle (Aquila pennata) (which is comparable in size to a common buzzard (Buteo buteo) or red-tailed hawk (B. jamaicensis)), have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, faster flight – despite the reduced size of aerodynamic feathers. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from some vultures. The smallest species of eagle is the South Nicobar serpent eagle (Spilornis klossi), at 450 g (0.99 lb) and 40 cm (16 in). The largest species are discussed below. Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong muscular legs, and powerful talons. The beak is typically heavier than that of most other birds of prey. Eagles’ eyes are extremely powerful, having up to 3.6 times human acuity for the martial eagle, which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance. This keen eyesight is primarily attributed to their extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light. The female of all known species of eagles is larger than the male.
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Eagles normally build their nests, called eyries, in tall trees or on high cliffs. Many species lay two eggs, but the older, larger chick frequently kills its younger sibling once it has hatched. The dominant chick tends to be a female, as they are bigger than the male. The parents take no action to stop the killing.
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Due to the size and power of many eagle species, they are ranked at the top of the food chain as apex predators in the avian world. The type of prey varies by genus. The Haliaeetus and Ichthyophaga eagles prefer to capture fish, though the species in the former often capture various animals, especially other water birds, and are powerful kleptoparasites of other birds. The snake and serpent eagles of the genera Circaetus, Terathopius, and Spilornis predominantly prey on the great diversity of snakes found in the tropics of Africa and Asia. The eagles of the genus Aquila are often the top birds of prey in open habitats, taking almost any medium-sized vertebrate they can catch. Where Aquila eagles are absent, other eagles, such as the buteonine black-chested buzzard-eagle of South America, may assume the position of top raptorial predator in open areas. Many other eagles, including the species-rich Spizaetus genus, live predominantly in woodlands and forest. These eagles often target various arboreal or ground-dwelling mammals and birds, which are often unsuspectingly ambushed in such dense, knotty environments. Hunting techniques differ among the species and genera, with some individual eagles having engaged in quite varied techniques based their environment and prey at any given time. Most eagles grab prey without landing and take flight with it so the prey can be carried to a perch and torn apart.
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The bald eagle is noted for having flown with the heaviest load verified to be carried by any flying bird, since one eagle flew with a 6.8 kg (15 lb) mule deer fawn. However, a few eagles may target prey considerably heavier than themselves; such prey is too heavy to fly with, thus it is either eaten at the site of the kill or taken in pieces back to a perch or nest. Golden and crowned eagles have killed ungulates weighing up to 30 kg (66 lb) and a martial eagle even killed a 37 kg (82 lb) duiker, 7–8 times heavier than the preying eagle. Authors on birds David Allen Sibley, Pete Dunne, and Clay Sutton described the behavioral difference between hunting eagles and other birds of prey thus (in this case the bald and golden eagles as compared to other North American raptors).

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Our trip to Pulau Aman   Leave a comment


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Finally, the trip was made this afternoon after the false start due to rain last Thursday. After work today, we made a bee-line for Batu Kawan after a seafood luch at the traffic junction to Batu Kawan and Bukit Tambun. The boat fares were RM6.00 per person, for a return ticket to Pulau Aman and back to the Batu Kawan Jetty from Pulau Aman. The day was extremely hot and sunny, thus making photography a tough task to shoot great photos. Anyway, I brought along some aid – Lee ND filter. Hopefully, this can assist in getting blue skies and everything nice as Patrick Teoh used to say.
We hiked around a bit until the Golden Well or Telaga Emas and back to the Floating Restaurant with the famous Mee Udang or Prawn Noodles but we already had lunch so no test-taste of the Mee Udang selling at RM6.00 for regular and RM10.00 for special plate with extra prawns. Roughly at 4.00 pm we were heading back to the mainland to avoid the traffic jam after 5.00 pm.

SP Lim

Address and contact mobile numbers of the Floating Restaurant Pulau Aman for your use:-
Restoran Terapung Pulau Aman,
No: 120, Pulau Aman,
14100 Simpang Ampat,
Seberang Perai Selatan.
H/P: 016-4955125, 019-4766125

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