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Get away to Otway Park in Victoria, Australia March 28, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Australia, Fauna/Animals, Flora/Plants, Other Countries.
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Most of you know how big Australia is, so it’s only natural that the only country that’s also a continent would have lots of evergreen parks.

Otway park in the State of Victoria is one of the many that the Aussies are very proud of. Of course, you can’t compare the tropical rainforests that are abundant in tropical countries like Malaysia. Ours are dense, thick foliage and almost impenetrable at some places.

The one you see before you is well laid out, with charming like streams and some very tall trees. The temperature is just like Genting Highlands at 10pm. That means pretty cool.

A brisk walk through Otway park should burn off some excess calories. You can reach there by way of the Grean Ocean Road. It’s a scenic drive, guaranteed to make you want to stay in Victoria a bit longer.

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Kingfisher – master of the river February 17, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Fauna/Animals, Nature, Places.
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I have been trying to “shoot” this elusive feathered friend for some time now. Occasionally, when it feels like it, it will perch on my backyard fence and survey his territory. Not that I am staying near a river or anything like that.

The Kingfisher is a beautiful bird. This one is no exception. The day he showed up unexpectedly, there were magpipes chirping away as if the Garden of Eden had appeared. I guess this “King” was fascinated by the melodies coming from the other birds. How he must have envied them.

Kingfishers, as you know, can’t sing to save its own life. But its feathers are magnificently coloured, and it knows it. While I was trying to capture a go

Kingfisher – master of the river February 5, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Fauna/Animals, Nature, Places.
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I have been trying to “shoot” this elusive feathered friend for some time now. Occasionally, when it feels like it, it will perch on my backyard fence and survey his territory. Not that I am staying near a river or anything like that. The Kingfisher is a beautiful bird. This one is no exception. The day he showed up unexpectedly, there were magpipes chirping away as if the Garden of Eden had appeared. I guess this “King” was fascinated by the melodies coming from the other birds. How he must have envied them. Kingfishers, as you know, can’t sing to save its own life. But its feathers are magnificently coloured, and it knows it. While I was trying to capture a few good shots, it was turning here and there, as if it knew that it was being photographed. If only birds could talk ….

Pretty trees all in a row but it’s crows’ kingdom! November 23, 2007

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These well pruned trees, tall and stately, neatly in a row too, are located along Jalan Burhanuddin in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. During the day, the trees provide shelter for cars parked beneath it but after 6pm, any motorist who’s desperate enough to park along the parking bays opposite the row of shops where the trees are, will be subjected to the droppings of crows.

After dusk, thousands of crows returned to these trees from various parts of Klang Valley. The daytime when they foraged for food would probably have been fruitful… I mean their bellies. So there is a constant rain of crow droppings like how the Allied planes bombarded war-time Germany.

Recently, I was foolhardy enough to ignore warnings and was aghast to find out minutes later that my poor car which was just cleaned and washed was then covered by “gifts” from the crows.

City Hall shooters sometimes come and take pot shots at these feathered pests but it won’t be long before the crows return to their bad habits. Crows are actually quite smart. Try disturbing one of their young and they will turn on the culprit like a pack of wolves.

Bird that talks too much behind bars! November 12, 2007

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There’s a place in town that has several pet shops. Recently, as I was walking pass one, a loud whistle was heard overhead. I was familiar with this sound because I have seen this Mynah that loves to whistle at passers-by.

Some young women have thought that they were being whistled at by some uncouth youths. No worries. It’s this bird.

However, on this day, the Mynah started with loud whistles and followed it up with a very audible “koong hei fatt choy!” I stopped dead in my tracks.

Hey, I thought, we have just done with Deepavali and this bird is already ushering in the Chinese New Year. Perhaps its owner would do well to teach the Mynah how to say “Merry Christmas”.