Saturday, April 25, 2015

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Being Singapore first UNESCO World Heritage site nomination, Singapore Botanic Garden is one place you don't want to miss.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Is right in the city yet you may just step into tropical forest!
SBG Bicycle Parking
There are bicycle parking lot too.
SBG Bandstand
One of the most photographed spot in Singapore - Bandstand. Is one of the favorite spot for wedding photo this make it appear in photo album in lots of family in Singapore.
SBG Steps
Is lush green every where you go in the garden. You can hear birds singing all around you and butterfly hop from one flower to another.
Sun Garden
Another favorite 'tunnel'in the garden. Just next to the Sun Garden, you can create all kind of stunning photograph from this tunnel with roots over your head.
SBG Ginger Garden
When you are tired, there are plenty of chairs/bench for your to rest your legs and listen to the nature.
SBG Ginger Garden
This is a huge bench from one of the tree that fell in the garden.
SBG Ginger Garden
Want to play Tarzan? Bring Jane with you next time you visit here for a theme photography!
SBG Ginger Garden

SBG Orchid Garden

SBG Orchid Garden
Some shots on the falling leaves for your next photo trip idea.
Collared Kingfisher

Collared Kingfisher
This Collared Kingfisher just had her big lizard for breakfast!
Spotted Dove
Spotted dove drying her wings in the sun after the overnight rain.
Tailor Bird
Managed to take a shot of this very small tailor bird. I had a hard time to keep up with this bird using my compact camera.
Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower
Lotus plants right in the Ginger Garden.
When there are water, there will be Dragonfly!

The human traffic may have increased over the years, SBG is still my favorite garden taking some nature photo after all this years.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Birding Trip to North Thailand - Part 2

This is the second part of my post about my recent trip to Northern Thailand. This is my 3rd times visiting Northern Thailand in January. Personally, I prefer to travel here during this period partly due to the lower temperature where I can't experience it in Singapore. Most importantly, this is also the bird migratory period. You will be able to watch resident birds as well as those came here for a short period just to get out of their even colder climate up North!

Below are some of the birds that I saw : 
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
This is one of the very common bird - House Sparrow. I took it on a tree while we go for a toilet break at a petrol kiosk. It may be common here, but is not common in Singapore.
Mrs. Gould's Sunbird Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae)
One of the "Must See" if visiting North Thailand - Mrs. Gould's Sunbird Sunbird! Another reason to visit North Thailand during this period is also due to the flower blooming period. Picture such as this colourful bird with Cherry Bloosom flower as background only happen once a year.
Green Tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis)
Another sunbird that can be found here is - Green Tailed Sunbird.
Eurasian wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
This is my first time seeing this Eurasian wryneck.
Mountain Bulbul (Hypsipetes mcclellandii)
Mountain Bulbul usually perch quite high up the tree.
Chestnut Vented Nuthatche (Sitta nagaensis)
Another unusual tree crawler bird that usually stay high up the tree -  Chestnut Vented Nuthatche
Chestnut Vented Nuthatche (Sitta nagaensis)
Not once but I saw it at 2 different locations.
Spectacled Barwing (Actinodura ramsayi)
Spectacled Barwing
Spot-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis)
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Siberian Ruby Throat (Luscinia calliope)
Siberian Ruby Throat
Ultramarine Flycatcher (Ficedula superciliaris)
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Rusty Naped Pitta (Pitta oatesi)
Rusty Naped Pitta
Plumbeous Water Redstart(Rhyacornis fuliginosus)
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Blue Whistling Thrush (migratory) (Myophonus caeruleus)
Blue Whistling Thrush
Black-backed Forktail (Enicurus immaculatus)
Black-backed Forktail

I'm sure I will be backed there again next year!