Pulau Ubin 27/12/08

April 11, 2009

Once again I stepped onto the picturesque Pulau Ubin. We went along the same route as before.  https://birdsrule.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/pulau-ubin-trip-91208/. The sun shined through the azure blue sky as I walked slowly towards the station,  I could smell the fresh air, with a damp, musty smell of rotting leaves, this brought me closer to nature.

CUT! PSLE IS OVER. NO MORE EXAMS! STOP THAT!!!

Ok. So, I basically saw a few other birds like sunbirds and 2 Oriental Pied Hornbill.

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Southern Ridges 14-12-08

January 3, 2009

I went to Southern Ridges on 14/12/08 to birdwatch. It was a birding trip by NParks. They provided binos, which were quite useful. I went there for the day and night birding trip. In the day, it was raining, but we still saw some birds, like the white crested laughing thrush.

 

I also saw the longtailed macaque at henderson waves:

This explains the almost looking photoshoped background.

At night, we didn’t see any birds. But we saw some bats that is all.

Today, I tried using raw and large fine image so thepics look better and nicer. Lesson learnt.


Sime forest trip 12.3.08

March 14, 2008

It was very cloudy, but I made the decision to go, as I was afraid Friday will rain, apparently it did not. But there were a lot of birds yesterday, or more like I noticed many more birds as the camera had a better zoom. That is the good thing about using camera zooms instead of a binoculars zoom, you can find the bird easier.

As we walked into the nature reserve, I did not see any birds. I tried to find the hooded pitta fruitlessly by doing that pit-pit whistle. Did not even work. I heard a low gaw gaw towards the water edge, but did not see a thing.

I saw an unknown bird on the way. Can’t identify it, but got quite a good picture.

 

Can anyone help me identify?

Then, I moved on to the road beside the forest, did not see any thick billed pigeons, but saw a squirrel. I am suprised on its agility.

At the ranger station, it started to rain, then, we went to the ranger station for shelter. I did some birdwatching there, with my camera in the shelter but the birds outside. Took a picture of it, but face was covered a bit.

 

If you can identify it, please comment.

I also saw an unknown tailorbird

 

Should be a tailorbird

I also saw the asian fairy bluebird.

 

At last, the rain stopped. We headed back. On the way back, I saw about six greater racket tailed drongos.

 

I saw more birds than before. I always see more birds than before and I think it is because I know where are the good birding spots.


Sime forest trip 8.2.08 Part 2

February 13, 2008

This is the second part of my Sime forest trip on 8.2.08. For the first part, go to https://birdsrule.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/sime-forest-trip-8208-part-1/ before reading this entry.

After seeing the woodpecker, I went on, seeing no m0re birds all the way to the road beside the country club, though occasionally seeing birds darting by.

They were the size of sunbirds, but were to small for me to see in detail as I do not have a binoculars and my 10x optical zoom digital camera was not near enough. That was the problem with not having a camera with a very high optical zoom. If you look at my bird gallery, you would see that most of the pictures are digitally zoomed in, like the white bellied sea eagle picture. It is quite easy to photograph a bird in the garden but in the forest, the bird is high up in the tree.

Walking along the road towards the ranger station, I saw a tree with many pigeons. If you are a bird photographer, that should be a very good place to take photos. The tree is not blocked by anything from where you are as it is beside the road, and the tree was flowering, so it attracted many pigeons. I saw a bird that I could not identify.

 

It could be a thick billed pigeon or a pink necked pigeon.

I also saw a bird that I am positive is a thick billed pigeon

 

We reached the ranger station a while after that.

At the ranger station, I saw a few small birds that I could not identify as I could not see the details of it. It was very irritating when I tried to zoom into the bird but halfway, I reached my full zoom.

At the treetop walk itself, I only saw flock Philippine glossy starling, which I was a feat as I usually do not see anything as I am hardly looking at the trees around (I am scared of heights). I guess it is a good place to bird as you are very high up and birds will be very near to you.

After that we went to Jelutong tower, where I did not see any birds.

When I was walking out of the forest to Venus Drive car-park, I encountered a black dog, it was a short distance away from me. It came out of the undergrowth and started barking furiously. I was scared by the sudden arrival of the dog that I screamed.

I wonder how did that dog come here. I wonder if it is native to Singapore. This is the second time I saw it. The first time was at Bishan Park canal, after the MRT depot. If you know anything about it, feel free to comment on this entry.

 

Picture I took of the black dog in Bishan canal

I only saw a few birds in Sime Forest and wish to know how R Subaraj and the other birders see so many birds in the forest. I suppose I would need more experience and be sharper. In the past, I would see nothing, then one species, then two species of birds. I guess I just need to be more “bird-sensitive”!

Also, I must learn how to take clear photos. I usually cannot take shots properly. It is to dark and lacks if I use program mode (P), and it is bright and blurry sometimes when I use Auto mode.


Sime forest trip 8.2.08 Part 1

February 12, 2008

On 8 February 2008, I went to Sime Forest with my mother. We started at Macritchie Reservoir Park, walking along the Macritchie Nature Trail, to the Treetop walk and to the Jelutong tower, then going back to the ranger station, leaving at Venus Drive, walking all the way out to the bus stop.

Sime forest

My mother and I reached Macritchie reservoir park at 7:50 am. Once we entered the trail, we were greeted by a woodpecker. It could have been a Common goldenback https://birdsrule.wordpress.com/2007/11/07/common-flameback/, Greater goldenback or Laced woodpecker. Look at https://birdsrule.wordpress.com/2008/02/09/greater-goldenback-or-common-goldenback/ for more information. After reading the comments, I think that it is a laced woodpecker.

(Will be continued in Part 2)


Birding at Sungei Buloh

January 18, 2008

Birding at sungei buloh is just so fun. That day, I met up with some of the birdwatching club members and took the mrt to kranji. Then, I took the bus to kranji nature trail and into it. I saw so many birds including four different types of kingfishers or 3. I also saw a few different types of birds.

 

Stork billed kingfisher

Then I saw two birds I did not know

 

And the other is either a black capped kingfisher or collared kingfisher.

 

When I was about going to come back home. The tide went up and on the way back I saw this sun skink (I think) and mudskipper.

 

 

It was really interesting. The numbers are very big there. When I went there, I also thought that sungei buloh is very dirty-just look at this photo of a collared kingfisher.

I am amazed by the birds adaptability. Besides those birds like javan mynas, even those like the birds in sungei buloh had adapted. Another example on how amazing birds are!


Trip to sentosa

December 20, 2007

Last Sunday, I went to Sentosa with my relatives and family. First we walked to Bishan Station, then take a train to Dhoby Ghaut and then to Harbour Front. You know, you can take a mono rail to Sentosa for $3 and you can go around sentosa in the mono rail for unlimited number of rides.

First, we went out of the Imbiah mono rail station and saw the merlion. The usual, take a photo.

The merlion

Then, we went to the butterfly park, and saw a macaw in a cage, that bird looked stressed. After that, we went to eat pizza at a nearby place.

Now, we went to the Luge and sky ride. Me, my sister, and two of my relatives were going. I went faster than them and reach the finishing line first. My sister went of the track. Then, we went to the sky rider back to the starting point. It was so scary, because I’m scared of heights.

Us waiting for our turn n the luge

Then, we went to the underwater world. I saw many fishes, sting rays and even a Dugong!

Isn’t it beautiful??? But before going in, I saw a kite outside the underwater world, flying. I think it should be the brahminy kite.

Brahminy kite I saw at Sentosa

Before it, I even saw a peacock on the roof!!! Wonder how it got there…

Then, we went to the dolphin lagoon, where I enjoyed the wonderful performance by the pink dolphins. I’m afraid it was raining slightly so no photos in case I spoil my camera.

After that, we walked to the hawker centre for some food.

For the grand finale, the songs of the sea. I must say that was the best out of all the activities today. For that 30 minutes, they showed us many special effects. Like where the used water to create a temporary screen to flash light onto it, making the pictures look as if they were really not on a screen (the screen could not be seen). They used some fire and fireworks as well as lasers. The technology was very good and that certainly impressed my relatives from Malaysia.

The full performance

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyeI91Kiys8&feature=related

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7oOl_OrSRY&feature=related

Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPa3D8zzlIg&feature=related

What a wonderful time in Sentosa.