Showing posts with label Terrestrial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Terrestrial. Show all posts

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bukit Brown Cemetery on 16 Sep 2011

Last Friday, we went to Bukit Brown Cemetery, hoping to spot the sambar deers as there were many reports of sightings there. We did not encounter any of them, unfortunately, though I just heard recently that there was a road kill nearby like a week ago! We still managed to see a number of interesting stuff though :)


This was the first time I saw such a huge whip spider in Singapore - the previous ones I saw were probably at most half the size! Despite the name, it is actually not a spider (order Araneae), but a related group of arachnids from the order Amblypygi.


This is a true spider, a tarantula! We saw several of them in their respective burrows.


There was also a scorpion on one of the trees.


And on the same tree, a few assassin bugs.


We saw several frogs around, though I only took photos of this cute banded bullfrog.


There were quite a few scops owls too, but they were quite shy and I only got a few photos.


The most abundant night bird here should be the nightjars - they were everywhere!


A few fruit bats were spotted.


I was really surprised to find a colugo here, as the vegetation was rather patchy with not many tall trees.


It was out on the news that this area will be developed soon. Wonder what will happen to the wildlife when that happen...

Saturday, September 03, 2011

CCNR on an Early Evening (2 Sep 2011)

Decided to check out the fringes of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR) with Kok Sheng in the early evening. There was a huge bunch of photographers ahead of us, and we had thought that the noise they made would have driven all the animals away. Surprisingly though, we still spotted quite a number of stuff!

Lesser Mouse Deer (Tragulus kanchil)
Possibly less than 50m away from where I started, I spotted a Lesser Mouse Deer (Tragulus kanchil) resting among the undergrowth - and to think that the noisy bunch of photographers was less than 50m away from me!

Lesser Mouse Deer (Tragulus kanchil)
It stood up after a while...

Lesser Mouse Deer (Tragulus kanchil)
And started licking some of the nearby leaves. Not sure what it was trying to, since it did not munch on any of the leaves, but just licked.

Lesser Mouse Deer (Tragulus kanchil)
We saw a total of 4 Lesser Mouse Deers - two of them were together!

Horsfield's Flying Squirrel (Iomys horsfieldi)
And right above our heads when I spotted the first mouse deer, there was a Horsfield's Flying Squirrel (Iomys horsfieldi)!

Horsfield's Flying Squirrel (Iomys horsfieldi)
Later, 2 more appeared! Here's another one!

Horsfield's Flying Squirrel (Iomys horsfieldi)
They were just chasing each other on the tree (there were two of them above) - not sure if it's some kind of courtship behaviour?

Malayan Colugos (Cynocephalus variegatus)
There were the usual Malayan Colugos (Cynocephalus variegatus), which we saw 4 of them.

It's amazing that despite our forest being so fragmented, there're still many interesting wild life living in them.

Unfortunately, I have encountered several poachers in our forest as well - for their own selfish reasons, they trap and remove these wonderful wildlife from our forest, and it's no wonder that many of our native mammals are now rare and endangered. If you see any poachers in our forest, do contact the National Parks Board, so that they can take the necessary actions against them!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Testing Out My New Camera

I bought a Nikon DSLR recently, and hence during this long Lunar New Year break, I decided to test it out at a few nature areas.

All photos taken with a 55-300mm lens, without any additional teleconverters or macro conversion lens.

First stop was Bukit Timah Nature Reserves.


The main reason coming here was to get photos of the Malayan Colugo (Cynocephalus variegatus), and as usual, Bukit Timah did not disappoint me :)


The Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) were out as well, and I saw some of them feeding on the fruits of a palm tree.


The Syzygium sp. outside the reserve were flowering, attracting lots of pollinators, including this Carpenter bee (Xylocopa confusa).

Next stop was Lower Pierce Boardwalk.


Over here, I finally managed to get photos of the Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus)!


This is the only species of malkoha left in Singapore.


Not sure what bird is this, and a little lazy to search my bird book. Thought it looks like some female sunbird though.


A female Common Flameback Woodpecker (Dinopium Javanese).


Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) - there were quite a few of them flying around.


This Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) was happily walking around me just a few metres away, but unfortunately was blocked by vegetation most of the time. This was the only sharp and unblocked shot I had of it, but unfortunately the eyes were closed.

The third stop was Pasir Ris Park. The main objective here was to check out the rare mangrove plant, Kandelia candel, which unfortunately was so badly damaged that I wasn't sure if it would survive.


But since I was there, I got a few photos of the nesting Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea).


The Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) was way too high up, but I was still glad to at least have a small photo of it.


There was also a Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis), again too high up for my camera to have a good photo of it.


There were lots of Sea Daisy (Wedelia biflora) climbers in the mangrove area.

And the last stop was Chestnut Avenue at night with James, KS and Ivan.


Pretty Longhorned Beetle (Family Cerambycidae) spotted by KS.


A closer look at the beetle feeding on the Common Yellow Stem-fig (Ficus fistulosa).


A huntsman spider.


A black terrestrial flatworm - they were every where!


Some kind of hopper?


A little praying mantis about 2cm long.


A rather brightly-coloured stick insect.


Huge centipede!


There were lots of barklice on this tree. Update: This should be Clematoscenea sp. Thanks to Marcus Ng for the info! :)


A cranefly.


No idea what beetle is this. haha... Update: This should be a Darkling Beetle (Strongylium sp.). Thanks Marcus Ng for the info! :)


And lastly, a Hersilid spider.

Generally, I was rather satisfied with the new camera and lens :P

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Titan Arum at Singapore Botanic Gardens

Is it finally opening?


The above photo was taken earlier today about 7.30pm. It appeared that it was finally opening up, as we could see more of the maroon spathe!

For the past few weeks, I have been regularly visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens, hoping to catch the matured inflorescence of the Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) - the biggest unbranched inflorescence in the world! It was initially estimated to mature between 17 and 20 Nov 2010, but it appeared that the estimation was way wrong. As such, I had lots of photos of the immature inflorescence instead during my various visits.

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
Here's how it looked like during my first visit on 17 Nov 2010.

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
This one was taken on 19 Nov 2010. One of the bracts had withered.

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
During my visit on 23 Nov 2010, all bracts covering the inflorescence had withered.

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
Read some where that it should start maturing soon after the last bract has fallen off, and so I visited it again on 24 Nov 2010. However, the spathe remained closed.

For the past one week, I decided to just call the garden's hotline to check if it has opened up, but there were no good news.


It was only earlier today that Angie told me that she had visited the plant in the morning, and it appeared to be opening up. We visited it around 7 plus in the evening, and while it's still a long way from opening up fully, it had certainly made a lot of progress!

Will be visiting it again tomorrow morning to check if it has opened up fully.

During my trip to the Singapore Botanic Gardens the past few weeks, I saw quite a lot of other interesting stuff..

Pink Mempat (Cratoxylum formosum)
At one corner, a Pink Mempat (Cratoxylum formosum) was also blooming spectacularly!

Pink Mempat (Cratoxylum formosum)
From a distance, it looked like cherry blossom!

Pink Mempat (Cratoxylum formosum)
Here's a look at a flowering branch..

Pink Mempat (Cratoxylum formosum)
When I was there on 19 Nov 2010, the weather was great and I managed to get quite a few nice close-ups.

Pink Mempat (Cratoxylum formosum)
Lots of bees were attached to the flowers.

Spikemoss (Selaginella sp.)
Some of the non-flowering plants were pretty without the flowers, like the Spikemoss (Selaginella sp.).

Mosses (Division Bryophyta)
So are the mosses (Division Bryophyta).

Apart from the plants, there were a few "sure-can-see" animals in the Singapore Botanic Gardens too!

Lesser Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna javanica)
Among them are the Lesser Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna javanica).

Lesser Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna javanica)
Facing different directions...

Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Preening...

Black Swans (Cygnus atratus)
And the Black Swans (Cygnus atratus). I was really lucky that they had a few young cygnets with them.

Black Swans (Cygnus atratus)
Once in a while, the parents would tuck their heads into the water and pick up some freshwater plants.

Black Swans (Cygnus atratus)
Black Swans are actually native to Australia. I remembered seeing wild ones when I went to Western Australia a few years ago.

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
I also saw an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) near the entrance on one of the days.

Spotted Wood-owls (Strix seloputo)
And of course, there were the super cute Spotted Wood-owls (Strix seloputo) that I blogged about earlier.

So I guess even if there were no blooming Titan Arum, there were actually still plenty of things to see! :)