Friday, April 28, 2006

Collared Kingfisher on No fishing sign by Roger

Check out this humorous pic by roger! Although amusing, i think it does
drive home another more subtle message. The message or rather the reason
for not fishing illegally at nature reserves. While you are there
fishing for some weekend fun, these creatures are just feeding their
mouths and that of their offspring (and they do not have weekends mind
you). Depriving them of a food source is really make their already hard
lives (due to habitat loss) harder. In fact the first time i held a
collared kingfisher was during my class when we set up mist nets to
catch birds in Kent Ridge as a demostration. It might not be obvious but
RIDGE? GOT FISH MEH???" hahah well, apparently some of them have taken
to alternate feeding habits and not feeding on fish solely. I wonder if
this will lead to further speciation but that's another topic... its
truly sad that a kingfisher has no fish to feed on.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Flying Lemur/Colugo @ Bukit Timah Nature Reserve by vbs1979


Abit wary of posting colugo sightings after the poacher incident
But there's no denying that these creatures are in the central nature reserve. We can't fight for the conservation of forest plots if there are no species(plants and animals pls) there worth preserving but letting others know of the presence will tempt poachers (of plants and animals too!) to go in there and take what is meant to be shared. Undeniably, humans are the biggest impact on wildlife proof is here. Still no news of the poachers, and I doubt they will be caught but I hope that people out there will keep a lookout for poachers while noting the fauna as well. On a brighter note check out an 'ah beng' version of the colugo lol wonder where it gets its fur dyed.

1.5m Spitting Cobra(?) Naja sumatrana @ Kent Ridge Park by Curare


ID unsure and kindly done by cerebrus. Any input please post in the comments.

on a personal note: DARN IT! How come I never see them before?? haha but if it is a spitting cobra I guess I won't want to go too near to them as well.

Orange-bellied flowerpeckerDicaeum trigonostigma by Jeff

Images copyright of Jeff from CS
link to CS post.

There is a beautiful picture of the bird on a bottlebrush tree (Callistemon rigidus). Can't find alot of info on the bird but there's a site that describes it as residing in 'upper canopy' and ' primary and disturbed forests, open wooded areas, beach vegetation and stunted kerangas forests'. Strange huh? Wouldn't think it will be found on low enough ground to be shot then. but here it is on what I am guess is a Melastoma malabathricum so i guess it justs goes where there's food and not limited to high canopies. Want to see more of this bird? I guess you can plant more Straits Rhododendron shrubs and bottlebrush trees then. Oh another thing apparently members of the Nectariniidae are not found in Japan!

Birds of Sarawak
Mangoverde World Bird Guide Species Page: Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
straits rhododendron (melastoma malabathricum): info fact sheet

Sunday, April 09, 2006

More spiders by tchuanye @ Henry Park (showing food web!)
Amazing series of shots documenting the demise of 2 spiders....

excerpted "I was at Henry park again today, and I saw a really amazing site! Really the law of nature at work.

First, the Lynx was already feeding on this spider...not sure how long....when I notice this little heavy jumper sneaking over, peeking at them. At first, I small its not going to eat the lynx.

Later, it started to approach closer, than stalk it....than "POUNCE!" in a blink of an eye, it grabbed the lynx at the middle and ended up suspended with its safety line. The lynx meal was thrown aside of course. The jumper stayed at that position for quite sometime, I guess to let the venom sink in. Later it started to drag it along to somewhere.

Wow, I have seen spider eating spider before, but not 3 in a seems like Heavy Jumer>Lynx>some unknown spider... thats the law of nature at work!

I am posting the sequence as I saw it, and both taken with FZ10+6T+Sigma CU and A610+reverse lens, + my Achiever 828 with taped on Stofen.
All at F8, ISO 50 various speeds"

Friday, April 07, 2006

Estuarine Crocodile 2.1m Crocodylus porosus@ Sungei Buloh posted by Freddie Young

Wild Crocodile at Sungei Buloh

Dear All,
This is another wild crocodiles spotted at Sungei Buloh Wetland in March 2006. The location of the sighting is below the bridge and it is about 2.1 m long. I understand from the park ranger that this beautiful creature is often found roaming underneath the bridge during low tide.
Thank you,
Freddie Young

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Estuarine Crocodile Crocodylus porosus@ Sungei Buloh posted by Freddie Young

Dear All,
I have taken this photo at Sungei Buloh Wetland on 1 April 2006 at 3.00pm near to the waterhole no. 1.12. The location is after the bridge and turn left for approximately 20m. I have saw this crocodile twice on separate dates and according to the staff, it is very frequently seen roaming there. The crocodile is about 1.6m long and should be quite young. Currently I am going island wide to look for wild crocodiles. Pls let me know and share the photos with me if you happen to know where I can found one.
Freddie Young

kevin: Wow, you spotted the croc! I believe the species name is Crocodylus porosus Perhaps its the same one here.

There's more info on this species at the ecology asia site.