The Birds At Lido Beach

Lido Beach, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

I have been frequenting Lido Beach a few times now to photograph the birds there. Lido beach is situated in the city of Johor Bahru on the left side of the causeway facing the Strait of Tebrau which lies between the State of Johor, Malaysia and Singapore. Sadly the water now is not what it was like in the 70s. Then the water was clear and green but now it is murky and dark. Blame it on industrialisation and the causeway which exacerbates the condition by impeding the free flow of the water. Given the right quality of water, the strait is perfect for breeding marine life. It is well protected from the harsh environment of the open seas.

The intention of this article is to show the variety of birds that can be seen there as the images that I have are not good enough. I am still figuring out what is lacking, be it on my part or the equipment that I have. The shooting distances are quite far and the Egrets take flight if I come too close. I do not want to be looked like I am camping there as I do not want to attract attention. Already by just being casual with a long lens, I got a few friendly approach by people to chat with me.

You get to see many species of birds at Lido beach if you stay long enough. One just fly pass along the strait to the east and return in the evening flying west. This is what the White-bellied Sea Eagle is observed doing. Some at times stay awhile, a case of the Red-backed Sea Eagle (or Brahminy Kite). Others make Lido beach part of their hunting or play ground.

Here are some pictures of the birds shot at Lido Beach. I have yet to get images of crows, pigeons and if possible swiftlets. Swiftlets fly non-stop after leaving their nests, never perch, and they are small, dark and swift. Just perfect for a blurry image.

White-bellied Sea Eagle flying along the strait

Red-backed Sea Eagles resting

Duck flying alone (found out it was cormorant)

Love to see these cormorants fly, skimming just above the water. Amazing speed

Javan Mynas

Kingfisher with crab

Heron in flight

Egrets in flight

Another kind of long neck, the Milky Stork

Little Tern

Here’s the rest that I yet to know the species;

I don't think its the sparrow (Scaly-breasted Munia)

The rest are quite camouflage (Sandpiper)

Very agile

Looks like a kind of Raven (Glossy Starlings)

A Modern Day Kampung By The Water – Kampung Pendas Baru

In my early childhood, I lived in a wooden stilt house on a river bank of a branch of Kallang River, Singapore. It was attached to my maternal grandparents house. There was a bridge behind our house that linked our house to our grandparents house. It was here that we clean ourselves. Then there was another that stretched out into the river and at the end of it there was a hut where we disposed off our organic waste.   I remember very well the sound made when it hit the water or mud, it seemed to reverberate vividly in the closed compartment.  Those were the days.

I was delighted when I saw a new kampung by the water at Tanjung Kupang, on the southwestern end of Johor, Malaysia. A modern kampung of stilt houses built of bricks. Yeah, sadly with the dwindling forest, woods had became scarce and expensive. Besides, wood is combustible, easily incinerated and thus reduced to ash, so it’s for the better.

It is a modern kampung because other than brick houses on stilts there are no more hut for organic waste removal to be seen. Classic and yet modern. The folks were relocated here from their old domicile of Kampung Pendas not far away. I waited for the day when the tide is high to go there for photo outing. It was last Wednesday and here are the images.

Bought a Tamrom 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II Lens

Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II


In the days of film photography, there are two factors in getting a sharp picture. The main one is the nut that holds the camera. The other is the lens (disregard the ISO). Now, in the age of digital photography, there are two more variables to be considered. The camera sensor and the demosaicing algorithm that manipulates the data captured by the sensor into an image. There are a few of these algorithms to choose from, each with its pros and cons. Then again, it all come back to square one. It is still the same main factor, that is the nut that holds the camera and probably the same nut that holds the mouse.

This nut is so much impressed with the reviews by some of the reviewers and users, many say it is sharp, that he decided to throw away some money to get hold of this lens to replace his Canon EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM lens. The downside is shorter range (not much of a problem) and no IS which this nut can lives without. On the upside, the maximum aperture is fixed at f2.8 throughout the zoom range and it can be attached to a Kenko 1.4x extender that this nut had, unlike the Canon EF-S lens where the mount protruded a little extra.

It is not the intention of this nut to do a review of this lens. Generally this nut does not scrutinise all over an image with a magnifying glass looking at the minutest detail  unless it is an image of the opposite gender in birthday suit. Usually this nut just go with the feeling. If an image is good, it definitely looks good.

With this new lens, this nut went out to capture some images of a modern kampung by the water in Southern Johor. Images of the kampung taken with this lens will soon be posted here and hopefully it will be better than the other lens.

Note: This nut was thinking too much on how to make this world a better place to live that he forgot to bring along the old lens so that he can make a comparison.

/nut mode off