Saturday, August 2, 2014

Simpang Kiri Park Connector

Is been about 3 years since I last visited Sembawang and Simpang Kiri Park Connector. I have my first encounter with a wild cobra during my last visit.

Carry only with a compact camera, I go for a jog this evening.
Simpang Kiri Park Connector
It was high tide, so I wouldn't be able to see any waders if they do already arrived for their migration.
Simpang Kiri Park Connector
Follow this park connector, will be able to reach Sembawang park and the beach.
Spotted dove
Since, my purpose today is here for a jog. I only simply take some photo that I came across and if the subject are kind enough not to move when I trying to take a picture without long lens - such as this pair of Spotted dove.
Striated heron (Butorides striatus)
Little heron, also known as Striated heron slowly move to the water edge and prepare to hunt for fish.
Collared kingfisher
Managed to take a shot before this noisy Collared kingfisher fly away.
Javan myna
Javan myna are introduced species and is now one of the most common bird in Singapore.
Grey heron
Not difficult to take a decent shot of this big Grey heron with my compact camera. :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Glossy Swiftlets Collect Lichen

While I was having a walk in the garden of my resort in Tomohon, Sulawesi 2 weeks ago, I saw some familiar birds flying around a palm tree. It didn't cross my mind that they are collecting nesting material (lichen).  When I saw it again the next day, I decided to take out my camera & trying to capture some flight shot. After looking at the image than I realize the small swiflets indeed are Glossy swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta). They are actually collecting lichen.  Below are some of the photos that I have taken.

Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen
The swiftlet started to slow down and hover about 50cm away from the palm tree.
Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen

Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen

Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen
The swiftlet approach the palm tree without physically get contact with the palm tree!
Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen

Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen
The swiftlet pull the lichen while still hover in the air.
Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen
The swiftlet continue to hover and move away from the palm tree.
Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen
This is another series of photo coming from a different angle.
Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen
Again, the swiftlet just "touch and go". Since swift spend most of their time in flight and hardly or never settle on the ground voluntarily. That explain why they have a very short legs and they use their leg only for clinging to vertical surfaces.
Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) , Lichen
I'm not sure why the swiftlet turn the head upside down. Glossy swiftlets can be found from India all the way to Australia. Hopefully I can capture some video the next time if I see them in Singapore.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kawangkoan - the peanut city

Another city not to be missed when visiting Tomohon is the Kawangkoan - also known as the peanut city. This city is famous for its roasted peanuts. You can get a packet of roasted peanut everywhere at Kawangkoan but we go straight to the factory for fresh roasted peanut.
Kawangkoan - the peanut city
Worker spreading the peanuts to dry it under the sun.
Kawangkoan - the peanut city
 peanut
The peanuts look good even before roasted.
Kawangkoan
The difference between the peanuts here and other country is the way the peanuts was roasted. Here, the peanuts are roasted using the black sand from the river nearby here at Sulawesi.
Kawangkoan
Roast peanut is not an easy job but somebody got to do it. Hats off to this lady.
peanut grading
The peanuts are sorted/graded according to their size.
Horse cart or Bendi, Andong, Delman
The traditional horse cart or is called Bendi, Andong, or Delman locally is one of the very common mode of transportation in Tomohon.