Monday, June 11, 2018

The Amazing Singapore Crab

You really don’t know what you will find in the inter-tidal area when they are exposed during spring low tide. Animals & creatures that living in this area have to face the tide changes, they can be swept away by current during high tide & they will face the extreme heat from sunlight during low tide. As such, the animals living here all have some kind of adaptations either they burrow, having hard shell, possess some kind of toxin  or they are very good in camouflaging. 

Such as this very creative spider crab below. When attaching herself to the seaweed, is almost impossible to spot it. Who will expect to see a crab below the seaweed?
Seaweed Spider Crab
Is almost like seaweed growing from the carapace of the crab!
Seaweed Spider Crab
 The crab attach the seaweed so well that even the underside is like part of the carapace.
Seaweed Spider Crab
 Close up look of the crab from the left side.
Seaweed Spider Crab
 Close up look from the right side of the crab.
Seaweed Spider Crab
Isn't it amazing? For those who like to wear hat, may be you will find some inspiration from this tiny crab.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Amazing Biscuit Sea Star

Many still call them "starfish" as they are found in the sea. However, since they are not actually fish, I prefer to call them sea stars. They may look cute with the shape of the star, but what amaze me is their regenerating abilities!  They can regenerate their arms lost to the predators just like in the movie Deadpool 2.  ☺
Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber)
 Found this Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber) that lost 2 of its arms.
Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber)
The wound has healed and is very much alive! 
Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber)
This is how a Biscuit sea star looks like. Amazing right?

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Disappearing Act of Moon Crab

Is another spring low tide morning and is time to head to the inter-tidal area again. I saw this Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris) showing her best Singapore Got Talent's skill right in front of my eyes. Is really a "Now you see it, now you don't". She took less than a second to be completely disappear from my sight!
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
 I slowly approach this very beautiful Spotted moon crab when I saw her.
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
 The crab getting ready with her disappearing act...
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
 Now you still can see it...
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
 .... barely visible with her camouflage colour
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
 .. only left her pair of sexy eyes visible
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
 ... now you don't. Is completely disappear under the sand.
Spotted moon crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
Only one of the eye can be seen peeping through the sands.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sunday Walk at Singapore Botanic Garden

I take a break from inter-tidal to Singapore Botanic Garden last Sunday. As usual, the garden was packed with people doing their yoga, jogging & picnic. I was here to meet up with Ling and friends to test out the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500MM F/5.6E ED VR lens. Since Ling own one, I will borrow from her to have a hands on experience of this lens. The photos below are all taken with her lens.
I took this picture just at the right time before the pigeon made the landing.
3 in a row, the one in the middle get the focus.
This Spotted Dove is very slim probably an sub-adult.
One of the most common bird of Singapore, a Yellow Vented Bulbul with food in mouth.
Olive Wing Bulbul that usually found in forest show up in the garden too.
I have no problem getting the bees in focus.
Another fast moving object to test the lens, managed to make a shot of this squirrel before she jump to another branch.
Large Tailed Nightjar
The real challenge is this photo of Large Tailed Nightjar, Hand held in low light condition. I quite like this lens and I'm sure this will be my next lens to get in future.  :)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Eastern Shore of Singapore

Month of May is a good time to visit inter-tidal area as the low tide during this period usually around 7-9am. 
sun rise
 I arrived at the shore around 7am and the tide is already quite low.
sea grass
This may looks like a football field but are sea grass lagoon. They are only exposed during spring low tide.
 This bivalves did not burrow fast enough before the tide gone down and is now stuck.
sea star
 This sea star trying to turn itself after the wave swept it upside down.
sea star
 This sea star will have to wait for at least another 2 hours before the tide return.
elbow crab
 This elbow crab almost impossible to spot if it was not on top of the sea grass.
stone crab
 Likewise this stone crab, away from the rock they are easily spotted.
 One of the less colourful anemone that was spotted today.
 This is the much colourful one as compare to the previous one.
Hairy Sea Hare
 Different from the sea hare I saw last month, this is Hairy Sea Hare (Bursatella leachii).
Sea cucumber
 Sea cucumber of all shape and colour are spotted today. Such as this thorny one.
ball sea cucumber
 Another funny shape, ball sea cucumber.
Thorny Sea Cucumber
 This reddish Thorny Sea Cucumber is still busy feeding.
 Saw lots of Noble volute today too. This one about to burrow into the sand.
 I like the patterns on their shell. It looks like a Chinese painting.
hermit crab
 This hermit crab is taking over this empty shell as resident.
swimming crab
This swimming crab is enjoying his breakfast. Slowly munching on one end of this bristleworms while the other end try to swim away!
white sea urchin
 Several white sea urchin was spotted in the sea grass area.
Common sea star
Not often to spot common sea star at this area, they are very common at the off-shore island. It must be my luck day for me.
Knobly sea star, anemones
Yes! Is my lucky day. See what I found! This huge iconic sea star is found in off-shore island. But I saw so many of them today!
Knobly sea star, anemones
Saw another big one almost as big as this huge carpet anemones!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cute Squirrels of KKC

When birding in KKC, the cutest mammals is no other than Western striped squirrels.
Western striped squirrels (Tamiops mcclellandii)
 They are also known as Himalayan Striped Squirrel or the Burmese Striped Squirrel.
Western striped squirrels (Tamiops mcclellandii)
Since they are so small and with stripes on their back serves as good camouflage, they are often overlook.
Western striped squirrels (Tamiops mcclellandii)
 They have no problem climbing up and down the tree trunk.
Western striped squirrels (Tamiops mcclellandii)
 Even upside down.
Western striped squirrels (Tamiops mcclellandii)
 They hardly stop at one place for too long and always on the move.
Western striped squirrels (Tamiops mcclellandii)
Is a good 'half-time' break during birding in between bird waves...   just never get bored looking at their cute appearance.