Saturday, October 11, 2014

They Are Backed at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Is the time of the year again... no, not Christmas but birding at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR). The migratory birds are back to the reserve.
 Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
 I got a copy of very handy guide for birding in the reserve!
 Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Tips on how to identify birds in the reserve is included. Just look at the size of the bird, their bill & their plumage.
Birding with Mr Desmond Lee  (Minister of State)
We have Mr Desmond Lee (Minister of State) joining us this morning too! Below are some of the animals we saw...
SBWR is probably the only place in Singapore to see a wild crocodile. The next time when you are here, try looking for them at the Main Bridge. They are very well camouflage, so try look for anything that looks like a floating log or tree trunk in the water. They are usually just at the water edge.
Red Shank with flag
 One of the many birds in the reserve. This Red Shank was with the colour flag X7. If you saw any birds that with flag, may report your sightings at Sungei Buloh Engraved Flag Sightings.
Green shank
 Looks very similar to Red Shank but with yellowish/green leg.
Marsh Sandpiper
Another sandpiper that we saw is Marsh Sandpiper. These birds will only be here for a limited time. Catch them while they are here or you will have to wait another year to see them again...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Return of Brown Shrike

Migratory birds are starting to arrive since late last month so as Brown shrike!
Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)
They are common but quite a shy bird to be photographed. I have to keep a distance and approach very slowly to get a more decent shot.
Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)
However, you will have some small window to get close when they have food in their mouth...
Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Photograph migratory bird is a annual affairs that not to be missed in tiny Singapore.  :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Singapore Botanic Garden

Oh! It was a while ago when I last visited Singapore Botanic Garden. Although the number of visitors surged year by year, the garden still a good place for new photographer to test their camera, or try their new photography skills. 
Plantain Squirrel ( Callosciurus notatus )
One of the cutest animals in the garden - Plantain squirrel. They are almost any where, darting & jumping from tree to tree looking for food. It is also one of the easiest target to be photographed too.
Javan myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
Another most common bird in Singapore - Javan myna. They are sometime consider as pest thanks to their super adaptability to any environment. They can be found from hawker center, bin center, monsoon canal, garden and even in busy Orchard Road!
Rock Pigeon ( Columba livia )
Rock pigeon is another bird species that adapt very well in the urban environment.
Rock Pigeon ( Columba livia )
Rock pigeon here come in variable colour and patterns. They too at times consider as pest. Nevertheless, they are good subject for photography too.
Pink Necked Green Pigeon ( Treron vernans )
One of my favorite bird is this Pink Necked Green Pigeon.
Spotted Dove ( Streptopelia chinensis )
Spotted dove is a popular in song-singing contest. They are also quite common in Singapore.
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Very similar to Pacific swallow, Barn Swallow are migratory bird and start visiting Singapore around this period.
Scaly-breasted Munia ( Lonchura punctulata )
Scaly Breasted Munia, usually come in a flock.
common tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Common tailor bird, a very tiny but a rather noisy bird. Their call are consider very load compare to their tiny body size.
Singapore Botanic Garden
Just before I left the garden, take a photo of this unknown bug.