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Drying the shrimps   Leave a comment

Drying the shrimps

Starting off the New Year 2017, I was having problem with my right leg, unstable internet with outstanding emails reaching 10,657 just on Hotmail, and my memory of the handphone with video on Whatsapp cannot be played due to memory. Until I get my hands on fresh cash then I get a better handphone with bigger memory. Happy New Year?

SP Lim


Drying the shrimps at the fishing village of Kuala Sepetang or Port Weld

From inside of the Charcoal Factory of Kuala Sepetang   4 comments

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From inside of the Charcoal Factory of Kuala Sepetang
Yesterday, we – the PSP Photographers – were walking outside the Charcoal Factory to choose a good location for our photo-shooting. We noticed an aged diligent Malay work working at the kilns. He was sieving small pieces of charcoal from an empty oil barrel. He told us these small bits of charcoal are excellent for use of grilling satay and barbecue meat. For the current Chinese New Year festivities falling this week-end, it is good for making “love-letters” – a sweet folded crispy flat “biscuits” for the festival in our local Malaysian Chinese community. He told us the whole sackful of the plastic bag of these bits of charcoal is being sold for RM12.00 per bag or equivalent less than US$4.00 at current exchange rate. Maybe, I heard wrongly but it is “dirt cheap” in my opinion. The Photographic Society of Penang did pay some consolation monetary reward to our manual “model” aka the charcoal worker for the services rendered. Thank you.

SP Lim

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We were warned not to change our lenses inside the Charcoal Factory but throwing caution to the wind, I did change my lenses as the photographing opportunity was too tempting to miss a single frame. Just like the smallish “microscopic-sized” sand at the Vietnamese sand-dunes, here at this Charcoal Factory, we also encountered the smallish ash-sized charcoal particles too. It shall be unfortunate if my lens get spoilt again like the last time I used in the Vietnamese sand-dunes.

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Walking about the exterior of the Charcoal Factory of Kuala Sepetang   5 comments

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Walking about the exterior of the Charcoal Factory of Kuala Sepetang

After the photo-shooting of the eagles, it was the trip to the charcoal factory for the Photographic Society of Penang (PSP) Outing. We walked around the factories in the area. Bakau or mangrove wood is commonly used to make the charcoal.

SP Lim

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From Wikipedia:-

Charcoal is a light, black residue, consisting of carbon and any remaining ash, obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances. Charcoal is usually produced by slow pyrolysis, the heating of wood or other substances in the absence of oxygen (see char and biochar). It is usually an impure form of carbon as it contains ash; however, sugar charcoal is among the purest forms of carbon readily available, particularly if it is not made by heating but by a dehydration reaction with sulfuric acid to minimise the introduction of new impurities, as impurities can be removed from the sugar in advance. The resulting soft, brittle, lightweight, black, porous material resembles coal.

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Common charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. “Activated charcoal” is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals.

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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 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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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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Port Weld – the former name of Kuala Sepetang   Leave a comment

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KTM is Kereta-api Tanah Melayu (Trains of Malaya) and the first railway line is built here in 1885.
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By looking at the name of the road, Mr Trump was here but definitely not Donald.

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Port Weld – the former name of Kuala Sepetang
This fishing town of Kuala Lumpur was formerly known as Port Weld in the British Colonial period before Malaya’s Independence. Now our country is known as Malaysia with the merger of two other States of Borneo that are Sarawak and Sabah. The first railway line was built here, Port Weld connecting to Taiping during the early days of Malaya (now known as Peninsular Malaysia) for the tin trade. Enjoy my pictorial coverage of the town of Kuala Sepetang (in Malay) so renamed after the Independence of Malaya as a sign of nationalism. The fishing town is slowly evolved into a tourist spot for local tourists in eco-tourism area foe birds-watching especially eagles.

SP Lim
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From Wikipedia:-
Kuala Sepetang is a coastal town located in Perak, Malaysia. The town was formerly known as Port Weld after a former Governor, Frederick Weld. It is a thriving fishing village, and the main jumping-off point to the river mouth community of Kuala Sangga, which is a Chinese fishing community at the river mouth which specializes in fish breeding in cages. The Port Weld railway station was located at the centre of town. The whole railway line from here to Taiping, which was the first railway line in the Peninsular, is now dismantled, and now only the ticketing booth and the Port Weld railway signboard remain. The ticketing booth is now a Chinese coffee shop, and the shop owner has been maintaining the railway signboard.
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Kuala Sepetang has excellent seafoods and it has a famous restaurant situated on the upper floor of a shop lot overlooking the river. Kuala Sepetang is also well known for its mangrove swamp reserve park which is open to the public daily. It has a boardwalk built over the swamp for tourists, and chalets in which tourists can rent to stay the night on the riverfront. There are also charcoal kilns, some of which are open for tourist visits.

The village is very popular with its Curry Mee (Only sold at afternoon time) and Baozi.

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Photographic Society of Penang (PSP) Kuala Sepetang Outing on Sunday, January 17, 2016   1 comment

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Photographic Society of Penang (PSP) Kuala Sepetang Outing on Sunday, January 17, 2016
Kuala Sepetang, formerly known as Port Weld is located in the State of Perak, Malaysia. This fishing village is near to Taiping and lies to the southern part of Penang Mainland. It is about 1.5 hour away from George Town, Penang Island by bus in our case. This Photo-shooting Outing took place on this Sunday, January 17, 2016 organized by the Photographic Society of Penang (PSP). A total of 21 members and non-member participated and enjoyed this outing though ended prematurely at 3.00 pm due to heavy rains. As the weather was non-conducive for photo-shooting it was decided to cancel part of the shooting at the Charcoal Factory and we boarded the bus and finally reached Penang Island’s Giant Hypermarket at Bayan Lepas at 4.30 pm. Weather in Penang was bright and sunny.

5.00 am : Pick up at Giant Hypermarket, Bayan Baru
5.30 am : Pick up at Auto City Juru
6.30 am : Light Breakfast at Bukit Merah (provided)
7.30 am : Arrive at Eagle Photo shoot site
9.00 am : Fishing Village Photo Shoot (boat ride included)
11.00am : Eagle Feeding Photo Shoot again
12.30pm : River Side Lunch (Provided)
2.30 pm : Charcoal Factory Photo Shoot
5.00 pm : Depart for home.
Member: RM150 Non Member: RM180
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Going to bed early as woke up at 3.30 am this Sunday morning. Bye.

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