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A scene from the "floating village" of Pulau Gaya (Gaya Island). Sources on the internet also call the community here as the Bajau (indegenous group) gypsies. A mix of Bajau, Filipino and Indonesian communities is probably more accurate.

 

For long an eyesore (and issue of public, environmental and political interests), this water village has been shrinking over the years. Many of these houses have been dismantled, while a few are being rebuilt. Mass relocation is certainly a daunting task. And just nearby, on the same island, are two excellent 5 star resorts.

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Pulau Gaya is the largest of five islands that are collectively known as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (est 1974), and it is about 3 km from the mainland. The other islands are Manukan, Sapi, Suluk and Mamutik. Non of the other islands have these villages.

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Pulau Gaya is also known to have the most type of dipterocarp trees that can be found in Sabah's rainforest. Wikipedia info on Dipterocarpaceae.

 

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Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

Strongylodon macrobotrys is considered one of the “vanishing treasures of the Phillippine rain forest (see: jade vine). Its decline is due to the deforestation of the dipterocarp old growth forest for timber (Dipterocarpaceae). Flowers have a beautiful seagreen/turquoise color that is almost beyond description. This color is extremely rare in the plant world. The bloom is a pendant, clustered birds beak like inflorescence up to 4 1/2 ft. long and puts on a spectacular show when in bloom. Often used in Lei making. Can be grown indoors. The hue is probably the rarest in the world of flowers.

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

Dawn mist over the Dipterocarp forests.

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping.

 

The Philippine Eagle also known as the Great Philippine Eagle or Monkey-eating-Eagle, is among the tallest, rarest, largest, and most powerful birds in the world. A bird of prey belonging to the family Accipitridae, it is also known as "Haribon" or "Haring Ibon," which means "Bird King". Its local name is banog.

  

This eagle is endemic to the Philippines it lives in dipterocarp and mid-montane forests, particularly in steep areas.The Philippine eagle eats flying lemurs, Asian palm civets,reptiles, birds, and occasionally monkeys. Pairs are known to hunt cooperatively, with one eagle distracting a group of monkey while other swoops unnoticed for the kill.This eagle is critically endangered with only 180 to 500 birds surviving in the wild.

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping. Other attractions include: -

 

245) Yellow Breasted Flowerpecker

Yellow-Breasted flowerpecker, Sepah Puteri Rimba, Prionochilus maculatus

Species of Flowerpecker that can be found from Bangladesh to SouthEast Asia. Found in lowland and hill dipterocarp forest, lower montane forest and secondary forest. Feed on fruits of mistletoes and small figs (Ficus), berries of Muntingia calabura, nectar and insects.

Sepah Puteri yang agak biasa dijumpai di Asia Tenggara tetapi dianggap jarang dijumpai di kawasan lebih utara seperti Bangladesh dan Nepal. Ia menghuni kawasn hutan tanah rendah. Lazimnya dijumpai berpasangan mencari makan dari pokok ke pokok.

Exif: f5.6, 1/60, ISO 1250, focal length 800mm, Cik Canon EOS 80D, lens Canon 400mm, TC 2.0, tripod Feisol

 

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

Vanda sanderiana is a flower of the orchid family. It is commonly called Waling-waling[3] in the Philippines and is also called Sander's Vanda,[4] after Henry Frederick Conrad Sander,[5] a noted orchidologist. The orchid is considered to be the "Queen of Philippine flowers" and is worshiped as a diwata by the indigenous Bagobo people.[5]

 

Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach named as Vanda sanderiana.

 

It has two forms, pink and white, also referred to as alba. M. Roebelin discovered the original pink variety in the Philippines in 1881 or 1882. Rudolf Schlechter separated Euanthe from Vanda in 1914 due to structural differences in the flowers.( lact of spur ) [6] For breeding purposes and registration by the Royal Horticultural Society, however, it is still treated as a Vanda.[7]

 

Vanda sanderiana is endemic to Mindanao in the provinces of Davao, Cotabato, and Zamboanga where it is found on the trunks of dipterocarp trees at elevations below 500 meters. Over-collected, the plant is considered rare in nature.[2] It is often used in hybridization.[8]

 

Studies have shown that when raised at high altitude, the plant bears flowers early.

 

In 2004, there had been a motion in the House of Representatives of the Philippines to declare the "Waling-waling" as the country's national flower, replacing the Sampaguita.[9][10]

 

In 2013, a bill was passed by the Philippine Senate declaring the Waling-waling as a national flower alongside the Sampaguita.[11]. The Waling Waling or Vanda Sanderiana has taken so many forms and colors due to inbreeding. It has been grown in many parts of the globe. Thanks to those who view, comment or save my photo. It will be higly appreciated. From its native Mt. Apo where it originally grew and from white and orange, it now is grown into white and red, all yellows and all purple. I will not comment or save a photo made by a cell phone, ipads, or similar devices.

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

The Kinabatangan River (Sungai Kinabatangan) is located in Sabah, eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It is the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometers from its headwaters in the mountains of southwest Sabah, to its outlet at the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan.

Kinabatangan is known for its remarkable wildlife and fascinating habitats such as limestone caves at Gomantong hill, dryland dipterocarp forests, riverine forest, freshwater swamp forest, oxbow lakes and salty mangrove swamps near the coast.

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping.

Medinilla magnifica on Ilford multigrade FB warmtone paper and exposed under the Philippine sun. Habitat/ecology: Rain forest epiphyte. In its native habitat in the Philippines, "in lowland dipterocarp forests between 300-500 m, in lower montane forests at 400-1000 m, or in cloud belt mossy forests up to 1400 m altitude" (Regalado, 1995; p. 133).

The other day we hiked in Kubah National Park just west of Kuching which is on the Sarawak River in Malaysian Borneo. We didn't make it all the way to the summit of Mount Serapi (about 900 metres) because we wanted to follow the Ulu Rayu trail downwards to the Matang Wildlife Centre (which happened to be closed for renovation). But the hike itself was very rewarding in many ways: enormous ferns, a great variety of dipterocarps and shoreas, and amazing palms (among which the wonderful Johannesteijsmannia altifrons, not to be confused with the magnifica), and also many other plants and flowers, and particularly mushrooms and fungi. The exercise was good, too, even 'merely' climbing downwards for about two hours which seemed much shorter...

Along the way I saw this pretty little flower (c. 4 mm. across), but have not been able to identify it. Please, Someone, enlighten me! Perhaps I'll then be able to elaborate some more, and will post this to more groups with acknowledgement of your insights! As my friend CPF1 notes below, this bloom belongs to the Melastomataceae (many thanks). More specifically I would say it is a Miconia; it looks very similar to the Miconia sessilifolia except that sessilifolia has yellow anthers and stamens... Anyone with more information?

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping.

Shafts of clear, warm morning light pierce the Sal forest canopy near Khinanauli on the forest road to Dhikala, in the Himalayan foothills. It was springtime, mid-March. The deciduous trees were duly 'springing' back to life, having dropped many of their leaves the previous autumn, as may be seen on the forest floor by the roadside.

 

The tree species, Sal (Saal), is Shorea Robusta, of the Dipterocarp family. Do take a quick detour to another safari track, just minutes away from this particular road, and just as soothing.

 

Visit us at www.facebook.com/winterline to learn about some more of our activities, and to learn more about our region -- the foothills of the Western Himalayas and the nearby plains.

The serene, soothing Saal (Sal or Shorea robusta) forests of Sitabani, on the eastern flank of Corbett Tiger Reserve, east of Ramnagar. Yes indeed, this is prime tiger territory.

 

Visit us at www.facebook.com/winterline to learn about some more of our activities, and to learn more about our region -- the foothills of the Western Himalayas and the nearby plains.

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping.

Doi Luang national park is lying in three provinces: Chaing Rai, Phayao and Lam Pang. It became the 61th national park of Thailand on the 16th May 1990. Covering an area of about 1,170 square kilometers, its mountains are the watershed areas for Wang and Loa rivers. The park contains tropical evergreen, mixed deciduous and dipterocarp forests.

© Estebahn De Peschruse

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

Permai Rainforest Resort, Santubong Peninsula North of Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road and there is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids.

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping. Other attractions include: -

 

Grey-Breasted Spiderhunter, Arachnothera modesta, Kelicap Jantung Bukit

Species of spiderhunter that can be found in SouthEast Asia. Have a large range of habitat from dipterocarp forest, peat swamp-forest, secondary and dry coastal forests, forest edge, coastal scrub to highlands. Hunting spiders and other insects, including crickets and ants, also nectars. Forages singly and in pairs, in all storeys of the forest.

Exif: f8, 1/250, ISO 1000, focal length 800mm, Cik Canon EOS 80D, lens Canon 400mm, TC 2.0, tripod Feisol

 

Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia.

(a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

 

Hiking: Xtrm Trans Miri via Marudi -Mulu National Park-via Brunei Miri.

 

Durio griffithii (Mast.) Bakh. Malvaceae. CN: [Malay and regional vernacular names - Durian tupai; Borneo - Durian burong, Durian monyet, Durian mungit, Lai kuju, Resak ai]. Distribution - Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West-, Central- and East-Kalimantan). Habitat - in mixed dipterocarp forests up to 500 m altitude. Along rivers and on hillsides, usually on sandy soils, but also on limestone. Emergent tree up to 60 m tall and 93 cm dbh. Stipules present, but dropped early. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, lower surface whitish and covered with hairs instead of scales. Flowers ca. 15 mm in diameter, white-pinkish, with 2-lobed epi-calyx, placed solitary or in small clusters on the twigs below the leaves. Fruits ca. 75 mm long, reddish, capsule with long spines, black seeds partly covered by orange, non-edible aril.

 

Synonym(s):

Boschia griffithii Mast.

 

Ref. and suggested reading:

FRIM Flora Database

www.asianplant.net/Malvaceae/Durio_griffithii.htm

  

Malaysia.

(Image credit Ahmad Fitri, Malaysia).

 

Durio griffithii (Mast.) Bakh. Malvaceae. CN: [Malay and regional vernacular names - Durian tupai; Borneo - Durian burong, Durian monyet, Durian mungit, Lai kuju, Resak ai]. Distribution - Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West-, Central- and East-Kalimantan). Habitat - in mixed dipterocarp forests up to 500 m altitude. Along rivers and on hillsides, usually on sandy soils, but also on limestone. Emergent tree up to 60 m tall and 93 cm dbh. Stipules present, but dropped early. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, lower surface whitish and covered with hairs instead of scales. Flowers ca. 15 mm in diameter, white-pinkish, with 2-lobed epi-calyx, placed solitary or in small clusters on the twigs below the leaves. Fruits ca. 75 mm long, reddish, capsule with long spines, black seeds partly covered by orange, non-edible aril.

 

Synonym(s):

Boschia griffithii Mast.

 

Ref. and suggested reading:

FRIM Flora Database

www.asianplant.net/Malvaceae/Durio_griffithii.htm

 

Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia.

(a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

 

Hiking: Xtrm Trans Miri via Marudi -Mulu National Park-via Brunei Miri.

 

Durio griffithii (Mast.) Bakh. Malvaceae. CN: [Malay and regional vernacular names - Durian tupai; Borneo - Durian burong, Durian monyet, Durian mungit, Lai kuju, Resak ai]. Distribution - Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West-, Central- and East-Kalimantan). Habitat - in mixed dipterocarp forests up to 500 m altitude. Along rivers and on hillsides, usually on sandy soils, but also on limestone. Emergent tree up to 60 m tall and 93 cm dbh. Stipules present, but dropped early. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, lower surface whitish and covered with hairs instead of scales. Flowers ca. 15 mm in diameter, white-pinkish, with 2-lobed epi-calyx, placed solitary or in small clusters on the twigs below the leaves. Fruits ca. 75 mm long, reddish, capsule with long spines, black seeds partly covered by orange, non-edible aril.

 

Synonym(s):

Boschia griffithii Mast.

 

Ref. and suggested reading:

FRIM Flora Database

www.asianplant.net/Malvaceae/Durio_griffithii.htm

  

Photographer : Greenboy a.k.a Budakijau

 

::Saya diperkenalkan satu lagi genre photography alam,kali ini berkenalan pula dengan spesis tumbuhan hutan hijau yang kita panggil "Periuk Kera".Mungkin ramai diantara kita beranggapan tumbuhan ini biasa,tp pd org baru seperti saya ia merupakan satu pengalaman baru & mengujakan,walaupun kita nampak ia sama,tetapi ia sangat berbeza,ia sama seperti jenis2 burung,dengan ikhlas saya akui saya tidak akan tinggalkan pengenalan ini dengan begitu sahaja::

 

::PENGENALAN::

Periuk kera adalah tumbuhan karnivor yang hidup melata di sekitar Malaysia. Pokok Periuk kera mempunyai nama sainsnya Nepenthes spp. .

Pokok Periuk Kera biasanya tumbuh di tanah berasid, tidak subur, kekurangan nitrogen. Pokok Periuk Kera merupakan pokok maging yang memerangkap serangga dalam periuknya untuk membekalkan sebahagian dari nitrogen yang diperlukannya.

Nepenthes bermula sebagai pokok rosette dan matang sebagai pokok memanjat bersulur paut (tendril climbers). Sesetengan sulur membentuk periuk berongga. Spesies berlainan mempunyai periuk berbentuk dan bewarna yang berlainan. Kebanyakan spesies tumbuh di atas tanah, sementara sesetengah merupakan epifit (epiphytic).

 

HABITAT

Kadang-kala terdapat di paya gabus, kerangas, katu kapur, hutan dipterocarp bercampur, hutan submontane dan montane, dari paras laut sehingga 2,700 meter.

 

exif:

10 OKT 2012

Shot in NEF

Exposure: 1/250sec at f8

Exposure Program : M

Matering Mode: spot

ISO 100

Flash: No

Focal Length: 400mm

Camera: Nikon D300s

Lens : Sigma 70-200mm f2.8

White Balance : 5560k

(Handheld dan sedikit sentuhan photoshop CS3)

 

keep in touch : www.facebook.com/greenboyoriginal or www.flickr.com/photos/budakijau or www.http://500px.com/GreenboyOriginal

 

Menjadikan Harta Jambatan Ibadah

Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda yang bermaksud: “Sesungguhnnya bagi setiap umat itu mempunyai ujian dan ujian bagi umatku adalah harta kekayaan.”

Riwayat at-Tirmidzi

 

Huraian:

Harta kekayaan, kemewahan dan pangkat menyilaukan pandangan serta dapat mengubah pendirian seseorang.

Islam melarang umatnya bersikap terlalu mementingkan kehidupan dunia dan mengutamakan kehidupan peribadi lebih daripada kepentingan masyarakat. Sedangkan pemberian atau nikmat-nikmat keduniaan itu sebenarnya adalah suatu bentuk ujian daripada Allah SWT untuk mengukur sama ada manusia menghargainya dengan bersyukur atau tenggelam dalam kelekaan hingga menjadi kufur terhadap Allah SWT.

Oleh itu setiap individu perlu berwaspada agar tidak menjadikan harta kekayaan sebagai alasan untuk melupakan perintah dan suruhan Allah SWT sebaliknya menjadikan nikmat-nikmat tersebut sebagai faktor pendorong untuk melakukan kebajikan dan amal soleh yang dituntut dengan ikhlas bersungguh-sungguh kerana golongan seperti ini bukan sahaja akan beruntung di dunia bahkan mendapat ganjaran besar yang di akhirat kelak.

   

Photo by Brunei Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism

 

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Mount Makiling :

  

The mystical Mount Makiling is an inactive volcano rising to about 1,109 meters above sea level. The vegetation consists of approximately 2,048 different species of plant. The lower slope is a tall dipterocarp forest while the summit is a dwarf mossy forest. The slopes of Mt. Makiling are shaped to resemble a woman reclining, hence, the air of mysticism that surrounds the mountain. Legend has it that it is the profile of the sleeping Maria Makiling, a mythical goddess. Still others say that Maria Makiling dwells in this mountain and protects dwellers and travelers from harm.

  

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping.

Similajau National Park (Borneo), Sarawak, Malaysia

The Collared Falconet is among the smallest of all birds of prey, at 15cm - 18 cm. In falcon fashion, the falconets capture their food in the air, only for these small birds they are catching large flying insects rather than birds. Photographed by Nancy Bell in the dry dipterocarp forest in northern Thailand.

 

Canon 20D, Canon 300mm F4 L IS lens, 1.4 teleconverter, handheld

ISO 400, 1/1250, F5.6, -1/3 exp. comp.

 

For more of Nancy's great work check out her website at NancyBell

- Arthur Balfour

 

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Another one from the Zoo visit and this time a Grey’s monitor (Varanus olivaceus) a large monitor lizard known only from lowland dipterocarp forest in the east of Luzon and a few smaller adjacent islands in the Philippines such as Polillo Island, where it is locally known as the butaan. It belongs to the subgenus Philippinosaurus. It is largely arboreal and extremely shy.

  

It is classed as vulnerable by the IUCN because most of its habitat has been destroyed over the last 60 years, and it is now thought to live in an area as small as 20,000 km², of which only around 2,000 km² are occupied by this species. It is thought that habitat destruction is not the only cause for the decreasing population trend, but that they are also still hunted for food and collected for the pet trade.

 

The two winged seed of the tall hardwoods

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping.

plant. flora, vegetation, tree, forest, dry dipterocarp forest, deciduous, deciduous forest, dry deciduous forest, dipterocarpus tuberculatus, srepok, srepok wilderness area, cambodia, indochina, asia, may 2010

One of several eco-tourism attractions in the state of Selangor, the Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest is an ideal spot for a back-to-nature, green escapade. Sungai Congkak (Congkak River) offers you cool crystal-clear waters, roaring rapids and natural pools of water, surrounded by lush and serene Lowland Dipterocarp Forest.

 

www.virtualmalaysia.com

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls

 

Located amidst the lush sun drenched greenery, these cascading waterfalls are a delight to those who find them, as they are great for picnicking, paddling and swimming. Come on over for a refreshing dip and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Location:

30 km from Rawang via Jalan Rawang – Tanjung Malim and 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat (Sungai Sendat Recreational Park) is located in Batang Kali Forest Reserve which is part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park). This forest is a dipterocarp hill forest.

 

Attraction:

A two-tier waterfall and a swimming pool are the main attractions in this recreational forest. The flora and fauna found on the forest trails are interesting and are part of the attraction for visitors who come here. It is an ideal spot for camping.

Similajau National Park (Borneo), Sarawak, Malaysia

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