Monday, May 4, 2009

March Fraser’s Hill trip – Part 1

A few of us went back to Fraser’s Hill in March.  As usual, I saw a few lifers and many magnificent butterflies and moths.

We reached FH in the evening, unloaded our luggage and set up the moth screen before we had our dinner.


This is Mr Lim preparing our dinner, sweet and sour fish.MYFH_20090328_0809-480

and Mireille serving up white vine.MYFH_20090329_0740-480

After dinner, we went to check out the moths.  We had a few big moths but no Saturnids yet.  Johnny the DIY extraordinaire came well prepared this time with a moth-veil and a new and improved flash diffuser and bracket for his Coolpix P5000.MYFH_20090329_1177-400
The last time Johnnie join us, his P5000+SB40 setup yielded less than acceptable results for close-up shots. This time he had a new setup.

His new contraption drew ooh and wow from everyone !  The double handed grip, the double diffuser and LCD screen hood for taking under bright sun are all professionally made.
Copyright 2009 Johnnie Wong, Patent pending..;-) 

His new setup worked like a charm and allowed him to take wonderful close-up otherwise impossible with the P5000.

Close-up of a beetle taken with Johnnie’s new Flash diffuserI know I can be rare

Green Dragontail taken under bright direct sun.  The LCD hood allowed Johnnie to compose and check his picture there and then without having to retreat to a shaded area.Just One Shot!


Sunrise at Fraser’s HillSunrise-MYFH_20090329_0507-640

Laurence taking photo of Atlas moth (Attacas atlas) in a misty morningMYFH_20090329_0564-480


These are some of the butterflies we saw during this trip.

Athyma selenophora selenophora – The Staff Sergeant.Athyma selenophora selenophora-MYFHAdv_20090331_1068-480

Lethe vindhya luaba - The Black Forrester.  This freshly emerged individual was photographed at a bamboo bush near our bungalow
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Euthalia alpheda langkawica - The Streak BaronEuthalia alpheda langkawica-MYFHAdv_20090331_1059-480

Troides brookiana albescens -The Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing.  After many trips to Fraser’s Hill, I would say RBB is common but localised. Places where you are likely to see RBB include the GAP, the road to Raub and the upper gate at the old road.

Polyura delphis concha - Jewel Nawab. A tattered individual but a rare find. 
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Appias cardena perakana – The Yellow Puffin, uncommon.Appias cardena perakana-MYFHAdv_20090329_0646-480 

Vagrans egista macromalayana -The Vagrant, a very common butterfly at Fraser’s Hill
Vagrans egista macromalayana-MYFH_20090330_0294-480

Ypthima fasciata torone –The Straight-Banded Five Ring, easily recognized by the two straight, dark fasciae crossing the underside of both wings.
Ypthima fasciata torone-MYFHAdv_20090329_0687-480

Surendra vivarna amisena - Acacia Blue, usually found near its larva host plant – The Petai tree - Parkia speciosa.Surendra vivarna amisena-MYFHAdv_20090329_0679-480

Part II will cover moths and other insects

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