Sunday, September 14, 2014

Woodlands Waterfront

Another less known beautiful park of the north is Woodlands Waterfront. This is one of the few parks in Singapore that I like to visit. This place consists of a waterfront promenade & plenty of green area for all kind of activities. From simply fitness, brisk walking, to family outing/picnic, etc.
Woodlands Waterway
Beautiful sun set at the background of the park entrance.
Woodlands Waterway
This 400m long jetty, longest in Singapore made this place so unique compare to other parks.
Sun set at Woodlands Waterway
This jetty provide unobstructed view to Straits of Johor. The sun was setting in between Singapore & Malaysia! The Causeway - first link between 2 countries is also visible and is at the back of this photo.
Senoko power station
On the other side of the jetty, Senoko Power Plant is just at the opposite.
Woodlands Waterfront

Fishing
Looks like this is a nice place for fishing! Big barracuda with fishing line and feet still remain dry on land.
Barracuda
This must be one of the biggest catch of the day.
Barracuda

Fishing
Another big catch!
Fishing

Jet scooter

Jet scooter
Saw 2 speedsters across the straits speeding to the max with their high power machine.
Woodlands Waterfront
Layout for Woodlands Waterfront.
Woodlands Waterfront
A very unique place indeed, cater for all kinds of activities.
Woodlands Waterfront

Woodlands Waterfront
If you have not been here before, is worth to pay this park a visit.
Woodlands Waterfront
By the way, there is a restaurant selling Singapore's favorite food - chilie crab too!

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.