Sunday, June 20, 2010

Morning Trip to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

I was at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve this morning for a quick tour and here are some of the animals that I saw.
Immediately after the info counter, saw this Pink Neck Green Pigeon busy collecting nesting materials.
Under the Main Bridge, saw this Little Heron busy feeding in the river during low tide.
I turn back to The Mangrove Boardwalk and saw a flock of juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia. Along the boardwalk, I saw another 2 different tailorbird.
A Rufous-tail Tailorbird
and also a Ashy Tailorbird.
This Common Iora have a few different calls and I suppose it serves different purpose such as mating or distress call.
Another noisy bird will be this Collared Kingfisher.
Another kingfisher that I saw is this Stork-billed Kingfisher with a very distinctive large bill.
This Crested-Serpent Eagle very cleverly perch beside a tree trunk and this have helped the bird to camouflage with the environment.
I also saw quite a few number of Purple-throated Sunbird.
Saw this worm crawling under the boardwalk. It will turn to a big meal for birds in no time to craw out of the burrow.
For one I am higher than the squirrel! Saw this squirrel jumping around below the boardwalk.

When I turn back to the Main Bridge, the tide is even lower. The Croc is now exposed due to the low water level.

This are the sequential shots of the fish jumping out of the water. The fish will jump above the water when the are chase by predator or when they hit the shallow water during low tide.
A rather beautiful Common Bluebottle butterfly.
Managed to take a shot of this dragonfly in flight.
Although is now not the bird migratory season, yet still managed to see a lot of interesting animals. Not a bad trip.

Hand in Hand

Saw this pair of Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea) flew pass rather interesting. It looks like they are holding each other while gliding. Just like us human walking hand-in-hand!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Nut Cracker

You might think that these photos was taken in the Bird Park isn't it? No! It was taken in one of the most frequently visited public beach. These photos was taken at Changi beach to be exact. All photos & video were taken with just my compact camera! It was not a birding trip so I did not carry my standard birding equipment.

These cute cockatoo birds are in fact introduced to Singapore through bird trade few decades ago. Some escaped and have established here in Changi. They are called Tanimbar Cockatoo (Cacatua goffini).

At times you can even see flocks of up to 30 looking for their favourite food on the ground. However, it was not these colourful flowers that they are looking for.

Their favourite food is the Sea Almond fruit/nut.
Their powerful bill can easily crack open the fruits and go for the nut inside.

The Sea Almond fruit was crack opened neatly and the birds only interested in the nut that sit right in the middle.





This clip was taken with just my compact camera and see for yourself how smart these birds are.




Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mass Coral Bleaching at Tioman Island

Coral bleaching

Anemones bleached too...

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mass Corals Bleaching at Tioman

I was at Tioman over the last week end to show support for my friend, PT who are taking the Open Water Certification.

Suppose to be a leisure dive but turn out to be a sad experience to witness the coral reef going thru another mass coral bleaching.
The bigger the corals, the hardest they are hit!
Not just corals, sea anemones bleached too!
Hard corals, soft corals.... all bleached.
Free living Mushroom corals bleached too.
'Nemos' (Clown fish) celebrating White Christmas!
Comparison between bleached anemones...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chek Jawa on 1st Jun 2010

The first thing I saw from a distance when I arrived at the Chek Jawa Boardwalk this morning was these 2 birds. They are crossing path!
The Grey Heron & White-bellied Sea Eagle are like 'rubbing shoulders'! Not sure what are they up to initially.
When they start to pull a part, now is clear that the sea eagle is in the hunting position!
Yes! The white-bellied sea eagle got his prey!
Both of them go the separate way...
The grey heron decided to look for food at the water edge.
Oh! Is a nice Ball Sea Cucumber!
and Sea Anemones too!
There are lots of small fishes in the tidal pool! Is a relief that I don't see any casualty after the oil spills clean up!
The fiddler crabs are doing just fine as well!
Nice Collared Kingfisher waiting for his prey too.
Another bird that actively feeding is this Great-Billed Heron.

With all this signs, the situation at Chek Jawa is quite promising. Hopefully this good sign will continue.