Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kent Ridge Park Before The Storm Coming

I can't remember when was the last time I visited Kent Ridge Park. It was a sunny day but the weather change rather quickly when I half way through my birding. 
Kent Ridge Park
Since Kent Ridge Park was on the elevated hill tops, it is a good workout cum birding place.
Kent Ridge Park
There are a number of shelters in the park that stay the way they are and looks like movies from the 60's. Kent Ridge Park is also a historical park where one of the last battles for Singapore was fought during World War II.
Kent Ridge Park
One of the attraction is the canopy walk. This must be the best spot of the park, must be very romantic after dark.
Kent Ridge Park
 Semakau can be seen on the other side of the park and also the very busy West Coast Port.
 With this thick ferns, this is the good area to look for tailor bird.
Flying dragon
 A flying dragon! This lizard can fly (glide) from tree to tree.
Pied Triller
Saw this Pied Triller on the canopy walk.
White Eye
 There are lots of White Eye in the park.
Yellow Vented Bulbul
 Not to mention Yellow Vented Bulbul.
Green Crested Lizard
Have not seen a Green Crested Lizard for some time. Is getting less common now as they has been displaced by the more aggressive Changeable lizard.
By the time I took this sunbird picture, the weather changed very quickly.
video
The wind was proof too strong for this tree to handle and it snap. Luckily no was was injured.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Migratory Birds Are Back to SBWR

With the arrival of September, so as the migratory birds. The waders usually start to come in from August. With the Hari Raya long week end, I decided to check out the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
SBWR
To get to the reserve, we will need to cross the river through this main bridge. The weather today is good and perfect for a good birding trip.
SBWR
The tide was high and this will means that I have higher chance to see the waders in a shorter distance. The birds are forced by the sea water to feed nearer to the shore.
Milky Storks, Painted Storks
Few Milky Storks rather stay dry high up on the tree branch.
Milky Storks, Painted Storks
From the Main Hide, saw a mixture of Milky Storks & Painted Storks feeding together.
Mud skippers
 2 mud skippers swimming around instead of playing with mud...   :)
Red Shanks
Yes. The migratory birds are back at the reserve.
Black Tail Godwits
 This Black Tail Godwit decided not to join the Red Shanks.
Eurasian Curlew
Hiding among the Whimbrels, not that difficult to spot the not so common Eurasian Curlew. The Curlew is much bigger than Whimbrels, can you tell the difference?
Squirrel
While walking over to the Mangrove Boardwalk, saw this squirrel lazying on the railing.
Cicada
Follow the loud call, not difficult to pin point the location of Cicada.
Mullets
I was told there are 2 reasons why Mullet jump out of water. They are either trying to escape from predator or they are taking in oxygen from the air above the water.
Saw something big swimming in the water but I have no idea what is it perhaps this is the one that caused alarm to the mullets.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017 Borneo River Wildlife Photo Trip, Day 4

Is the last day of this Borneo trip. We will have about 3 hours before checking out from the home-stay and go to airport for our flight back to Singapore.
Sukau
Since is the last day, I'm slightly earlier so just walk around the village while waiting fore others to get ready.

Monitor lizard
 Is too early even this monitor lizard just too lazy to move.
Green Imperial Pigeon
 Most of the time Green Imperial Pigeon perched very high up. Although this pigeon didn't perch all the way up but all the branches make it not possible to get a clean shot.
We seen quite a few Grey Headed Fish Eagle. This is another one waiting for the right time to strike at their prey.
Purple Heron
 One thing good about bird watching on the boat, is easier to spot any birds that fly cross the river.
long tail macaque
This long tail macaque pick up the oil palm fruits from the water as breakfast.
long tail macaque
 Another family having a great bonding time on the tree branch above us.
White breasted water hen
 White breasted water hen learn to pick up food that flush down by water.
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
 This hornbill pecking on this tree trunk looking for termite?
Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
 Another darter waiting for the sun to dry its feathers.
Orang Utan
Just when we about to turn back to our home stay, we saw this Orang Utan playing hide & seek with us. What a great way to end our Borneo trip!
Magnum ice cream
While on the way to airport, we stop at petrol station for Magnum! Thank you Borneo, see you again!
This is my 3rd visit to this airport thanks to Kinabatangan river. Hope to come back again soon!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Borneo River Wildlife Photo Trip, Day 3

We set off at 5.30am this morning with our lunch packed on board as we continue to look for the illusive Borneo Pygmy Elephants. Since we are leaving this lovely place tomorrow, if we are to look for the elephants it will be today. 
Kinabatangan
 We head upstream with full speed and will stop along the way for any interesting finding.
Black hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)
From a distance, we saw a hornbill flying across the river, is a Black Hornbill on a closer look.
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
A Purple Heron on a perfect blue sky as background.
Storms Stork (Ciconia stormi)
We were talking about to see Storm Storks again and we got one! Clear view with a rather close distance too.
Storms Stork (Ciconia stormi)
Not just one but 5 of them. We even treated with extra actions show. I'm sure this will help to boost the number for this critically endangered species.
As we move further upstream, we heard some elephant trumpeting from the forest to our right. Our guide told us that the elephants may come to the river edge for feeding in the later part of the afternoon.
Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
While waiting for the elephants, a flock of about 30 Oriental Pied Hornbill fly cross the river one by one.
Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
A sequencing shots of the Oriental Pied Hornbill.
The temperature continue to soar pass 38 degree Celsius to almost unbearable level. We decided to take cover under some shade and have our lunch while we wait for the appearance of the elephants.
black-and-yellow broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)
While having our lunch, guess who come and greet us? What a beautiful Black & Yellow Broadbill!
Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus)
After the broadbill, Oriental Honey Buzzard  continue to keep us entertained.
Borneo Pygmy Elephants
After several attempts, follow the trumpeting calls and we finally get to meet the Borneo Pygmy Elephants.
Borneo Pygmy Elephants
This very playful come too close to us that we have to move further away. The body language show that this baby elephant just want to play and mean no harm. The parents just watch their baby from behind.
Borneo Pygmy Elephants
We saw a wound on the baby elephant back, not sure what causes it. Perhaps the elephant wanted to show us?
Borneo Pygmy Elephants
As we move away from the river bank, another adult elephant swim across the river the re-united with the herd. Is possible that they got separated the night before if they are chase away by the staff from the nearby plantation.
The weather change so quickly the minute we are done with the elephants.
We couldn't reach our home-stay on time and got wet from head to toe by the heavy downpour.
We end our Day 3 program early as it is still raining all the way to late evening. Since we are leaving tomorrow, I take the opportunity to start packing my luggage. Is been a wonderful trip so far.  :)