Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Georgetown, Malaysia

Georgetown Street Scene

The ICBES conferences typically involve a mixture of meetings and touring the local area. On the second day of the Malaysian conference, we visited Georgetown, a moderately big city on the island of Penang. Georgetown is named for King George, who was the British monarch at the time the British established their first Malaysian colony on the island of Penang. Fort Cornwalis was constructed to defend the colony.

We toured the religious district and compared architecture of the various churches, mosques, and temples. One Chinese temple was particularly impressive.

In spite of being in a densely populated city, we were able to observe some nice insect life on our tour.

One of the many Blues that I saw on this trip
Update : Plains Cupid (Chilades pandava)

Dragonfly I loved that fact that we saw a dragon in the Chinese temple
Green Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina)

After our brief tour of the city, we were driven to the outskirts of town to ride a funicular train to the top of Penang Hill. This part reminded me of the gondola ride that ICBES participants took up the mountain outside of Quito two years ago.


There was lots of wildlife to see from the top of the hill, including my first glimpse of a birdwing butterfly in the wild (no photo- it was really just a glimpse.

I apologize for the bad quality of the bird photo. The green fruit pigeon was the coolest bird that I saw on Penang Hill. It was skittish and moved around a lot. There are many species of green fruit pigeons. This one is a pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans) Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica).

Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica).

The late afternoon sun on the city of Georgetown was a memorable close to the day.

Update: Thanks much to Amila for help with species identifications.

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At 18:13, Blogger Randy Emmitt said...

Awesome photos of those blues and the dragon in the temple. Looking forward to you next posting. I'm going to Belize in a few weeks, getting my camera ready for some interesting leps and odes.

At 20:42, Blogger Gallicissa said...

Looks like you are enjoying the tropics. Some ID help:

1. That Blue is Plains Cupid Chilades pandava

2. That Ode is Green Skimmer Orthetrum sabina

3. Satrid is tough, but if I am asked to ID it at gunpoint, I would say it is a Tamil Bushbrown Mycalesis visala

4. Snail looks to me a Euplecta sp.

5. That bird is a NOT Pin-necked Green Pigeon, but an Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica

At 00:07, Blogger QuaChee said...

simple but nice write up on penang. i always believe that penang city is beautiful - for it really has it all... a city with heritage, beach, nature :)

At 12:25, Anonymous Mark H said...

I truly have enjoyed reading your travel updates, and am a bit jealous that your science allows this beauty to become part of your life.

At 06:56, Anonymous Pablo said...

I'm impressed with how clean that city looks in your pix.

At 20:14, Blogger Ur-spo said...

How exotic it all seems to me. You are lucky man!

At 11:16, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Randy- Thanks. I hope that you post something (with pictures!) from Belize.

Amila- Thanks so much for the ID help.

QuaChee - Thanks and welcome to the Tapestry.

Mark - Thanks. You have recently gotten to do some pretty spectacular travel, yourself.

Pablo- I was reasonably impressed with the cleanliness, as well.

UrSpo- I feel fortunate. I have a post with you especially in mind coming up soon.

At 10:12, Blogger JK said...

Hi Doug,

It's good to hear that you have keen interests in Malaysia's nature and wildlife. I just like to add my view on the snail you've found during your trip. I believe it's a Hemiplecta cymatium (PFEIFFER, 1856). By the way, that's a beautiful pic of a live one!



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