Friday, August 10, 2018

Birding at Chinese Garden

With summer at northern hemisphere slowly slipping away, which means we should be expecting the return of the migratory birds back in Singapore soon. Is time to be out in the field to look out for them. I usually go to Singapore Botanic Garden (SBG) to look for the sign of their arrival, but I go to Chinese Garden this time instead.
Pink Neck Green Pigeon
The 1st bird that welcome me is this female Pink Necked Green Pigeon.
Pink Neck Green Pigeon
Hiding behind the bush is the male with the distinctive pink neck. Is the male more shy than female?
Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa latipes)
Carpenter bee is busy collecting pollen from flower to flower.
Olive Backed Sunbird
Spot this female Olive Backed Sunbird preening with the cover of thick foliage.
Grey Heron
I guess landing on the top of the tree need some practice?
Purple Heron
Compare to Grey Heron, I find Purple Heron more attractive and elegance.
Pacific Swallow

Pacific Swallow
These 2 are Pacific Swallow and not the migratory Barn Swallow.
Collared Kingfisher
This pair of Collared Kingfisher keep showing me their back. Each time I move to the front, they will turn their back on me. What a shy bird... haha
Collared Kingfisher
Like many of us, we just don't feel comfortable with others watching while having our meal. So as this pair of kingfisher.
Grey Heron
This Grey Heron stay as still as a statue waiting for the fish to swim nearer to her direction.
Changeable lizard
This Changeable lizard is feeding on the ants on the tree trunk.
Plantain Squirrel
What a cute Plantain Squirrel feeding on the grass.

Still no sign of any migratory birds yet, they should start to come in in the following week or so. I will try another park next week hope to see my favorite Asian Paradise Flycatcher again.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Birding at Bishan Park

As we move closer to August, the hot weather here in Singapore is set to continue for at least another 2 months. Is another hot day a expected today for birding here locally in Singapore. I go over to Bishan Park for my morning birding.
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
This female Pink Necked Green Pigeon is spoil for choice. Whenever there is fruiting tree, it will become buffet meal for this birds.
 So as this male Pink Necked Green Pigeon
Asian Koel ( Eudynamys scolopaceus)
 This male Asian Koel just peep from behind.
Common Myna

 Over at the open field, an adult Common Myna  is feeding their chick.
Common Myna  (Acridotheres tristis)
 The partner just watch from a nearby tree branch.
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
 This may look similar, but is a Javan Myna.
Black-Naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
 This Black-Naped Oriole is also busy looking for food searching from branch to branch.
Blue-Throated Bee-Eater(Merops viridis)
 Just in time to capture this pair of Blue-Throated Bee-Eater(Merops viridis)
Purple Heron 紫鷺(Ardea purpurea)
 IS a hot hot day, this Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is panting to keep the temperature down.
Purple Heron 紫鷺(Ardea purpurea)
 There is quite a number of them hiding in the bush near the canal.
Trying my luck catching a fast pace treeswift.
White-Breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Waterhen is picking bits of food from the canal. Is a hot but a good birding trip.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Amazing Singapore Crab

You really don’t know what you will find in the inter-tidal area when they are exposed during spring low tide. Animals & creatures that living in this area have to face the tide changes, they can be swept away by current during high tide & they will face the extreme heat from sunlight during low tide. As such, the animals living here all have some kind of adaptations either they burrow, having hard shell, possess some kind of toxin  or they are very good in camouflaging. 

Such as this very creative spider crab below. When attaching herself to the seaweed, is almost impossible to spot it. Who will expect to see a crab below the seaweed?
Seaweed Spider Crab
Is almost like seaweed growing from the carapace of the crab!
Seaweed Spider Crab
 The crab attach the seaweed so well that even the underside is like part of the carapace.
Seaweed Spider Crab
 Close up look of the crab from the left side.
Seaweed Spider Crab
 Close up look from the right side of the crab.
Seaweed Spider Crab
Isn't it amazing? For those who like to wear hat, may be you will find some inspiration from this tiny crab.