Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MacRitchie Reservoir with Lumix FZ70

After testing the Lumix FZ70 at SBWR on mud flat and mangrove on Saturday, I decided to test it in the forest where the lighting usually not conducive for photo taking. So, I bring the camera to Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
MacRitchie Reservoir
To cover the whole reserve, I will probably need 6 hours (include explore and photo taking).
MacRitchie Reservoir
Since I only have 3 hours to spend as I have another appointment at noon, I choose the shortest route & set my target to Jelutong Tower via Lornie Road.
Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo(Dicrurus paradiseus)
I can hear several Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) calling the minute I step into the reserve. Is not difficult to spot them by just follow the direction of their metallic call.
Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater( Merops philippinus)
One of the winter visitor to the reserve, a Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater (Merops philippinus)
Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot ( Loriculus galgulus)
This Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot ( Loriculus galgulus) perched really high up the tree, thanks to the 60X zoom of the camera. I managed to take a photo of it.
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
This Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) was waiting for his breakfast in the water.
Stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)
This Stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) also perch on the tree above the water waiting for the right time to strike for his breakfast.
Collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
This Collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) is also busy hunting for his breakfast.
From far it looks like a earthworm. But is not. It looks like poo of some worm. It could be from earthworm, but I'm not sure.
Board walk
Before reaching the tower, we will need to use this board walk & go through the dense undergrowth. This is one of the good area for bird watching. Sunbird, babbler, bulbul can be seen very frequently along this board walk.
Flying Dragon
Flying dragon or gecko, they can glide from tree to tree.
Striped Tit Babbler (Macronous gularis)
This Striped Tit Babbler (Macronous gularis) hardly come to the open and they don't stop still, this is one of the common but yet difficult to take a good photo of.
Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi)
Another uncommon winter visitor join the bird wave. This Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) got a grasshooper for breakfast.
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Another winter visitor that only around from Oct to March - Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Hill Myna (Gracula religios)
A flock of four Hill Myna (Gracula religios) made a stop here before flying to the other part of the forest.
Rhodothemis rufa (Common Redbolt)
Since is a reservoir, there are a lot of dragonfly here. They provide good photography opportunity. This beautiful red dragonfly is Rhodothemis rufa (Common Redbolt)
Macrogomphus quadratus (Common Flangetail)
Macrogomphus quadratus (Common Flangetail)
Neurothemis fluctuans (Common Parasol)
Neurothemis fluctuans (Common Parasol)
Rhyothemis triangularis (Sapphire Flutterer)
A very unique looking Rhyothemis triangularis (Sapphire Flutterer).

After playing with this camera for 2 days, I really like the mobility & ease of use. Most importantly, this camera can shoot in RAW. I can then further process/enhance the photo using photo editing software such as Photoshop.

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