Images of Moro, Riau Archipelago, Indonesia

Here are some of the pictures shot while I was visiting Moro, Riau Archipelago Province, Indonesia.

Harbour Front Ferry Terminal, Singapore

The Town of Tanjung Balai in Karimun

Pier in Tanjung Balai for the fast boat to Moro

Pier in Moro

The town of Moro. The white building is purpose built for swiflets to dwell so that they can harvest the nest

Brahminy Kite or Red-backed Sea Eagle


There are many of them

Shipping, I don't know the destination

This one I know

Exporting fish to Singapore

Houses behind the town street

Road leading away from Moro town

Stilt houses next to sea

Houses on neighbouring island

Low tide

Small fishing boats

A finished sampan ready for coating



One of the few penginapans or inns

View of Moro town from the sea

Ferry schedule

The Gang Is Increasing In Number

Now there are six of them

Yesterday afternoon I went downtown Johor Bahru to attend to some personal business. On my way home as usual when I passed by Lido beach, I gave a quick glance. This time I was yet again presented with another surprise. I stopped and whipped out my camera. The lone duck cormorant that had another two of its kind for company recently was now a group of six. I wonder where the others came from. Anyway good for them at least they can fly longer distance if they need to.

I have yet to know this species

I decided to stay a while and practise shooting bird in flight and hopefully to get a few good shots. Yet to get a good sharp picture of bird in flight, I experimented with some settings that I had not tried before.

Could be they are Terns. Just guessing here

Alas I came to my sense. For bird in flight, I really need a very high shutter speed. No point in shooting at shutter speeds below 1/2000th. At lower speed I am just hoping to be lucky. The flying speed of the bird, the 500mm focal length, the needs for steady hands, the focusing and the framing were just too much. I must use a higher ISO setting at 800 or above which so far I had avoided. It is better to have a grainy picture rather than having a blurry one. The Sigma 150-500mm telezoom lens f-stop at 500mm is 6.3 max. So the sun must really be shining without any veil, which usually it is not the case at the critical moment, in order for me to get up to speed. Optical stabilizer did not help although for stationary subject it did help a lot shooting hand held. If the bird happens to fly across my field of view, the vertical stabilizer is good for panning shots.

Just to make sure the lens is sharp and focusing is OK. Either it was vandalism or there was a mistake, should read 80000

I must say, any bird in flight is a majestic sight to look at especially when it is about to perch or land. With its wings spread wide you get to see its full splendour in full colours and grace. It is just simply pleasant and marvelous.



I left Lido beach feeling happy because there were now six ducks and two Red-backed Sea Eagles (Brahminy Kite) which came to Lido beach just before I left for home. Now I am hoping to see White-bellied Sea Eagle up close at Lido beach.

Hopefully there's more

Capturing Eagles Images – My Experience

Homes in Moro just behind the main street

I got the chance to test the Sigma 150-500mm telezoom lens at Moro, Karimun, Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia. It was quite an experience. My trip to Moro was for other reason but I would take the chance if there was opportunity and indeed there were plenty of opportunities.

Red-backed Sea Eagle otherwise known as the Brahminy Kite

There are quite a number of eagles in Moro but not as much compare to those that I saw in Daik, Pulau Lingga, another island that is part of the Riau Province. They are the Red-backed Sea Eagle otherwise popularly known by its other name the Brahminy Kite. Occasionally, one or two adult White-bellied Sea Eagles could be seen mingled amongst them which I did not witnessed in Daik. One of the sources of food for the eagles in Moro is the processing and packing site of a fishing company which then export its products to Singapore. Fishes that are accidentally dropped into the sea or did not make the grade.

Since I am new to shooting birds, I did some searching to read up on tips or advice given by those professioanl BIF (Birds In Flight) photographers. Their tips are spot-on and from the experience that I had, I have my own conclusions too.

They are the majority

Make sure the sun is behind, very fast shutter speed and know when to call it a day, these are roughly what were said. I understood them well but to shoot wild and free eagles is not easy. First, you have to go to their playground or hunting ground. Second, you have to wait for them to fly near you. The chances are almost negligible if the eagles are uninterested in you. Third, you cannot get a good and sharp picture of eagle beyond certain distance. OS or no OS, a slight shake in your telelens movement is being magnified by the distance. The more the distance, the greater the shake will be unless your are panning or the eagle is very large.

I have solved the first part. I now know where to find them. It is the second and the third part that I think I need to barter with them eagles. Food in exchange for good pictures. So next time, probably chicken will be offered at a near distance.