Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

One more day to 2013, is been another wonderful year for me in 2012. Wish everyone got their catch of the day, everyday in 2013!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Birding Trip at Bukit Tinggi

It was an impromptu decision when my friend call me & ask me where to go for birding since he is clearing leave and have 2 days to spare. I suggest Bukit Tinggi & ask him to check if there is any room available since it is now the peak period. Surprisingly he managed to get a room and we are all set to go & start the long Christmas week end birding at 1000m above sea level an ideal place to watch bird species of submontane zone. 
Comal Tropicale
Instead of staying at Kuala Lumpur (capital of Malaysia), we stay at Comal Tropicale a French-themed resort which is just a stone throw away from our birding spot.
Comal Tropicale
 My room have a nice view of a golf course.
Bukit Tinggi, Botanical Garden
This is our birding spot, Botanical Garden that is 3500 feet or about slightly more than 1000M above sea level. Below are some of the birds that we saw there...
Common Tailor Bird
Common tailor bird. There are quite a number of them but not easy to get a clear shot since they only move at the undergrowth and hardly come to the open.
White Rump Munia
 Another small bird that darting around in flock is this White Rump Munia.
Wood Shrike
 Another bird that also usually show up in a flock - Common Wood Shrike.
Black Crested Bulbul
 A very beautiful bird with nice hair style - Black crested bulbul.
Blue Winged Leaf Bird
 A very well camouflage bird - a male Blue Wing Leaf Bird
Orange Bellied Leafbird
 Another species of leaf bird - Orange Bellied Leafbird (male)

Orange Bellied Leafbird
Orange Bellied Leafbird (female)
Crimson Winged Woodpecker
 Crimson Winged Wood Pecker
Orange Breasted Trogon
 Orange Breasted Trogon
Crested Serpent Eagle
Perhaps waiting for the rain to stop, this Crested Serpent Eagle perch on a lamp post to keep the vantage point.
Red Bearded Bee Eater
The bird of the trip is is this Red Bearded Bee Eater! I have been wanted to see this bird in the wild for some time. I finally get to see it up-close! What a good way to end my 2012 birding. Is been a wonderful year of birding for me this year, looking forward to another exciting year in 2013!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Do Not Litter

My last Semakau trip on Saturday, 15 December 2012 was indeed my best trip so far! Despite the delay by thundery shower before the walk, we saw a lot of interesting marine animals!
Prime Minister visit Semakau
This trip was even more special as we get to share the rich marine life of Semakau with our Prime Minister – Mr Lee Hsien Loong.
After getting all our gears, we arrived at the starting point (entry to the inter-tidal area)  and are ready for actions!
The guides from Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research posing in-front of the landfill.
 30 minutes before the scheduled time, dark cloud gather really fast, looks like thundery shower is coming soon.
Dark cloud over Semakau & Bukom
When the hunter seekers (scout team to look for marine animals before the arrival of guests as animals in the wild are not staying at the same place compare to those in the captivity) head out to the shore, the sky is even darker.
It started to rain, and rain very heavy. Luckily, the rain stop after about 45mins and the walk continue as planned.
Heart-shaped cockle
We were sharing with Mr Lee about all the unique animals that we saw at Semakau while waiting for the rain to stop earlier and one of them being the heart shaped cockle. I guess is our lucky day, we found not just one but two of them!
Prime Minister crossing seagrass meadows
 Semakau have the largest  seagrass meadows among the Southern islands.
Prime Minister visit Semakau

 Mr Lee take a closer look at the heart-shaped cockle.
 Posing for a shot with five Singapore largest knobly seastar.
Is been our pleasure to have our Prime Minister with us this afternoon. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Mr & Mrs Lee Hsien Loong a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
 Message from the PM. Please do not litter, especially in nature areas!(photo from PM's Facebook page)
 Thank you Mr Lee for this lovely photo! (photo from PM's Facebook page)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

An Uncommon Winter Visitor - Black Winged Stilt

Blackish needle like bill & long pinkish red leg... this indeed a not so common winter visitor that visit Singapore during northern hemisphere winter migratory season - a Black Winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)! I saw quite a number of them in Thailand but have not seen it in Singapore before. They are not recorded to be visited Singapore every year! I'm so excited to see them here in Singapore!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stork-billed Kingfisher Swallow Big Fish

Saw this Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) caught a big fish and swallow it in one gulp!