Saturday, January 14, 2017

2nd Oil Spill at Chek Jawa

The last oil spill that hit Pulau Ubin was about 7 years ago. Last week, Pulau Ubin was hit by another oil spill. From the media, it seem that this time round the spill was less severe. Nevertheless, is bad for the environment especially the effect on our very fragile shore at Chek Jawa.
Pulau Ubin
I decided to take a look and arrived on the island quite early. Most of the bicycle rental shop was not even open yet. Only the last one is open and there's where I rent my bike. I usually just hike all the way but decided to rent a bicycle as I'm planning to explore a few area and by bicycle will cut down a lot of walking times...   :)
Oil Spill Kit
Is scary to see the Oil Spill Kit everywhere. But the clean look of the kit give me some relief. Hopefully we don't need to use them at all.
sun shine, Pulau Ubin
 It was a nice ride to Chek Jawa with the beautiful view.
Chek Jawa Wetlands
I think I'm the earliest today. Didn't see anyone along the way.
Pulau Ubin, Chek Jawa
Yes. I'm the first one to arrive at Check Jawa today. Thats my only bike at the parking area.
 More spill kit when nearer to the shore.
 More tools are on standby.
Other than the boom in the water, the big yellow spill kit remain a reminder that this place was hit again by the oil spill.
 The bin or spill kit was place along the entire board walk.
oil spill
Not all spillage has been cleaned. The marks on the rock show that this part was affected by the oil spill.
oil spill
 Another part of the shore that was affected by the oil spill.
Chek Jawa
Since I'm here, why not go higher to look at the entire area from a vantage point.
 It was high tide this morning. The boom cover the entire shore to prevent further oil hitting the shore.
Atap tree
 Bird eye view of the mangrove below.
Everything seem back to normal. Bye Ubin! I will visit you again soon, and I will bring some friends from oversea with me. Stay healthy ok.  :)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Park Connector at the North

Compare to other green areas, park connectors are less crowded especially on week end. One of the main reason perhaps is the perception that Park Connectors have nothing to see?
Woodlands Park Connector
If you are coming from SLE and after turning to Woodlands Ave 12, Woodlands Park Connector is on the left.
Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
See what I found on the tree? It may be hard to spot at first as they are all green in colour.
Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
Thanks to the low traffic, the Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) actually was quite open! Once they start feeding, you just need to walk slowly towards them and you should be able to get quite near and observe them.
Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), Peacock flower
 They are feeding on the seeds of the Peacock flower!
Yusof Ishak Mosque
The near completion of Yusof Ishak Mosque can be seen from this Woodlands Park Connector. The new Woodlands Hospital will also be built at the now empty area. The view is even nicer at night especially after the opening of this new mosque.
Ulu Sembawang Park Connector
 I cross over Woodlands Ave 12 and continue my walk towards Ulu Sembawang Park Connector.
Long-Tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
 Well is a parakeet day! Saw another different parakeet feeding - Long-Tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda)
Long-Tailed Parakeet, Bintangor Bunut,
They are feeding on the fruits (their seeds to be exact) of Bintangor Bunut (Calophyllum soulattri)
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
The Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) took the highest vantage point at a distance away looking for flying insects. Not a bad day out at the park connectors. Well, try to spot them if you happen to visit these 2 park connectors.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

JURONG LAKE GARDENS

Is been a while since I last visited Chinese Garden/Japanese Garden which will be part of the Jurong Lake Garden in the near future.
Chinese Garden
 One of the most distinctive icon in the garden is this 7-storey pagoda.
Lotus flower
 If you like lotus flower, this is the right place to visit. I shot this using my mobile.
Lotus flower
I always find lotus flower very attractive and give a sense of purity. There is a Chinese idiom 出于泥而不染 basically say it all... it simply mean out of mud and yet did not get soiled or dirty.
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) can be seen only during this period as they are migratory bird arrive here to avoid the winter up north.
Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater( Merops philippinus)
Another migratory bird in the garden, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater( Merops philippinus)
White-Breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
 White-Breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) running around near the water edge.
Striated heron (Butorides striatus)
 Perching on the tree over looking the pond below and is hard to spot when it stay motionless - Striated heron (Butorides striatus) also known as Little heron.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Although with the nest, this Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is not with breeding plumage yet. May be soon?
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
 A very small bird, Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) can sing very loudly and with many different melodies.
Brown-Throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
 Brown-Throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) feeding on the nectar of the flower.
Collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Another bird that can be easily spotted in the garden by simply follow their loud call - Collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon(Treron vernans)
A female Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) that without the "pink neck". Only the male show the pink-neck that's how they got their name.
Plantain Squirrel
 A very friendly Plantain Squirrel.
Malayan Water Monitor Lizard
Malayan Water Monitor Lizard are protected Singapore and can be found in many gardens in Singapore.