Saturday, November 29, 2014

Satay Anyone? Part 2

Satay by the bay
Satay by the Bay a good place not just for satay but good for birding and a good place for dining too. Very likely you will be greeted by this Oriental Magpie robin when you visit this nice dining place.
Satay by the bay
Main entrance to the Satay by the Bay from the car park just next to Marina Barrage. In fact, you can walk to the Barrage, it is just 2 minutes away.
Satay by the bay fountain

Satay by the bay fountain
Water features next to the main dining area, is a pleasure to dine here & watch bird at the same time.
Satay by the bay
With this thick vegetation, not surprise why birds choose to stay here.
Satay by the bay lotus pond
This lotus pond is the place to look out for yellow bittern, whistling ducks, kingfishers, etc.
Satay by the bay wooden bridge

Satay by the bay bridge
This bridge directly link to Satay by the bay and you may walk from here to Garden by the bay.
Satay by the bay kingfisher

Satay by the bay kingfisher
Not surprisingly why kingfisher was use as part of the decorations in the garden.
Garden by the bay
Is all connected! From Satay by the bay, Garden by the bay, Marina Barrage...
Singapore waterfront
I'm sure if you visit this place at night, you will see a even more colourful Singapore waterfront!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Satay Anyone?

"Satay by the Bay" - a place to enjoy satay, grilled meat on skewers while surrounded by lush greenery before a beautiful waterfront. Just next to Garden by the Bay, is a nice place for birding too.
Oriental Magpie robin
This Oriental Magpie Robin perch on top of the sign at the entrance. Indeed, this is a good place to look for good food not just by us but birds too. There are plenty of plants which provide birds with lots of their favorite foods.
Olive backed sunbird
One of the many Olive Backed Sunbird in the garden. They are quite friendly too.
Olive backed sunbird

Olive backed sunbird
With so many flowering plants in the garden, is not difficult to have some feeding shots.
Brown Throated sunbird
Brown throated sunbird that is slightly bigger than Olive backed sunbird can be found in the garden too.
Black-Naped Oriole
Black naped oriole
Pink-necked Green Pigeon
A very beautiful Pink Necked green pigeon
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata)
Peaceful dove aka Zebra dove looking for food on the ground.
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Common myna was once very common, they are now have to compete with the Javan myna for food.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Also looking for food on the ground is a pair of Eurasian tree sparrow.
Wandering Whistling-duck (Dendrocygma arcuata)
A pair of Wandering Whistling duck was preening in the pond.
Common Kingfisher
A common king fisher perched on the rock with the lotus flower at the background. They are only here for few months during this migratory period.
Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealiss)
Another migratory bird that only be seen during this period, Arctic Warbler.
Brown Anole
An introduce lizard, now quite a common sight in the garden - Brown Anole.

If you are looking for some nice place for dining with opportunity to see this little cuties, head down to Satay by the bay!  :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Common Friends at SBG

I finally got sometime for a short walk on this raining Saturday morning. I decided to go Singapore Botanic Garden instead of Bidadar that is flooded by lots of bird watchers and photographers who are out for the migratory birds.Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo(Dicrurus paradiseus)
First bird of the day is this Greater Racket Tailed Drongo. This drongo can mimic may different sounds from birds to machineries such as grass cutting machine! Impressive!
Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus)
One of the cute animal that will not be missed by visitors is this Plaintain squirrel. Darting from tree to tree, I often mistook it as birds when they are high up the tree...  :)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
 Spotted dove perched right at the top of the tree make it my easy target.
Yellow-Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
 This bird was named Yellow Vented Bulbul for a obvious reason...
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
A rather small bird that often darting from branch to branch looking for insects/spiders under the leaf.
Olive-Backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)
Managed to capture this Olive Backed Sunbird perched on the same branch as the Common Iora.

For one hour trip in the garden still managed to see so many beautiful creatures... not a bad way to start my week end!