|25th September 2009, Senok, Kelantan|
Kampong Senok is a quiet and picturesque fishing village located on the coast of Kelantan. I used to frequent this place during my younger days to fish at the river mouth.
We went there during the Hari Raya break just to investigate if there were any birding opportunities in the area.
One always hope that every birding outing would kick off with a bang, and in this case we nearly had a BOOM……..sonic boom!
Well, not the kind of birds we were after- nice markings but NO feathers.
An hour passed and still no birds. The trigger finger had started to itch badly. Started scouting along the river to see if we could find anything worth shooting.
Laurel & Hardy ( my son and elder brother) shooting anything that moved.It appeared that Ilyas had begun shooting his uncle’s ear- an early symptom of acute SCDS (Shutter-Clicking Deficiency Syndrome); AMAT MERBAHAYA!
Ahaaa…… MudSKIPPERS. Beautiful fish. This guy was busy trying to impress the other fish without success. Hmm….I dare not ID them; my previous attempt was not 100% spot on. Ok I’ll give it a shot: could be a Slender Mudskipper (Periophthalmus gracilis)
Then we saw a brightly painted boat going past the jetty to a mooring point somewhere further in. This type of traditional fishing boats are exclusively found in Kelantan. They used to have sails but nowadays Cummins engines (locals call them Enjeng Kambing meaning ‘Goat’ engine) have taken over.
Homeward bound with the SKIPPER at the helm.
Then we realized that the fishing boats were returning from their day out at sea. A flotilla of small boats flying colourful flags entering the river mouth which is protected by a massive wave breaker
Kelantanese are very colourful people and this is reflected in their personality and their worldly possession.
All nicely tied up and ready to be unloaded.
No birds today but at least it temporarily cured our SCDS.