Monday, December 10, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
http://clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331453 --- Baby Croc @
Pasir Ris Mangrove Swamp
Definitely NOT a monitor lizard!
edit:Thanks to AngHY for graciously allowing the use of the image here. All rights remain AngHY's
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This one has a nice fur pattern that's like tree bark! (I guess that's a compliment for colugos..)
Thanks to lenkline for graciously allowing use of the images here. all rights belong to lenkline's
you can see more photos of lenkline's at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenkline/
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Another fantastic bird shot for today!
can check out other photos by irfan choo at www.irfanchoo.com
Thanks to irfan choo for graciously allowing me reproduce the image here. All rights belong to irfan choo.
Someone commented "That's one hell of a series." I have to agree wholeheartedly.. see to believe!
Thanks to Calvin for graciously letting me reproduce his pics here.
See more of Calvin's photos at http://deswitch.multiply.com/
Thursday, November 08, 2007
By a stroke of luck I managed to capture this series of a female Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea) swallowing a large Alexandra Palm fruit! (Archontophoenix alexandrae). Actually, I could have been luckier and gotten group shots. I was drawn to the loud calls of the birds (yes pural) as there were two males vying for her attention. strangely it was her that was doing all the calling. It was quite a cacophony of resounding bird calls. At first I had assumed its the males vying for attention from a potential mate. However, it seems like the female was more interested in food.
The whole thing was so fascinating for me. Ha but apparently there are others who are quite angry with the calls of the koel in their estate and wished them gone(can't find the article again). I would think Koels are the least of our noise pollution. Buses have deafening beeps promptly declare to the entire bus that u have paid ur fare. I really can't fathom why.
Do also check out Dr YC Wee's entries on Koels and Alexandra Palms!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Species might be Hippocampus comes from http://www.seahorse.org/library/articles/quickid.shtml
Monday, October 29, 2007
STOMPer Keith, a Potong Pasir resident, spotted a 12-foot long python that swallowed an animal. It was resting at the Potong Pasir riverside. He took this photo this morning (23 October) and sent it to us via MMS at 8.35am. He told STOMP: "There have been previous sightings of pythons in this area but it's the first time I've seen one that swallowed an animal. "This is along the jogging path beside the river. There is a patch of woodland nearby," he said. He did not see the animal that the python swallowed. He told STOMP that children do not generally play in the area. However, joggers do use the running track along the waterside. STOMP had contacted the Police and the AVA. Both said that they did not receive any call on a python.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Was helping out with seagrass survey at a rainy evening at Ubin this Sunday. Guess what I saw??
Wah! Thanks to sharp eyed Ria who spotted this! squeezed off a few lucky shots with a medium zoom but when i came back with a longer zoom it was hiding already :( Ria prob got a nicer shot.. watch out for hers..
Finally got to see the animal behind RMBR's mascot!
edit: See Ria's post and pics! HERE
I got the sp name here
geotagged this photo on flickr as well. not sure if i got the place right though
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
melvynyeo took these in Xinjiang but he says that they are available locally!
The photos paint a 'better picture' so to speak why they are commonly called humming bird moths.
Has anyone photographed them locally? would love to post here.
Thanks to melvynyeo for graciously allowing me to reproduce the photos here.
see the orig post here
Read the wikipedia entry on it
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
This post has a slightly blur but IMHO great pic of a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus. The angle is nice and it has a catch in its beak! hmm can't tell what it is though. Do you know?
here's a cropped pic from the forum. So far educated guesses have been flower or butterfly. Even a guess at the butterfly. Post your guess in the comments!
p.s. Thanks to Ryan for graciously allowing me to post the picture here!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
"The cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds' nests so that these other parents would take care and feed the cuckoo's young. The adopted parents' original eggs may even be pushed out by the cuckoo. These unknowing parents would merrily keep on feeding their adopted child, even when the kid is bigger than themselves, as seen in this instance." text by laokayu
Thanks to Daniel for allowing me to reproduce his pics here!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Female, shown foraging in wild orchids
"From Ubin all the way to Ferry point Jeff heard a chain of loud cackle, yak-yak-yak. These feathers appear to omnipresent. A widespread and fairly common resident throughout most of the region. Rare resident in Singapore.
Came as a pair. Female's casque is smaller and darker than the male's. Shown pair in available evening light only."
Thanks to Jeff for kindly allowing me to reproduce his images here. All rights remain his!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
This cowrie(?) was a fast burrower in sand! I had left it on the sand hoping to take a few shots of it after a few landscape shots but it had nearly disappeared into the sand. After some gentle digging around I found it again. So I placed it on some nice green algae to get my shot then replaced it back into the sandy substrate. Anyone knows what this is?
edit:thanks to wei for the id and the additional info!
Geoff spotted this pretty specimen of a sea cucumber and fondly called it tiger stripes and got it to pose for me. Ha.. need to find out its species name.. it slips my mind for now.. I believe this is the edible variety (post processing of cos)
edit:gosh can't believe it took me so long to find the species name.
I proudly declare its found ha. but am still a little unsure.
erm supporting link here
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
photos and clips on the urban forest blog
and ashira blog
p.s. sorry for long hiatus in posts! have been trying edit some photos to try to get them out on the blog stay tuned!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
edit: added this google maps thingy. p.s. click on the satellite pic to see it in full glory!
p.s. coords are inexact now...
WOW! i was like shark??!?!???
haha boy was I lucky to have eagled eyed companions for today's teamseagrass survey. Sharp eyed Robin also identified the black tip which I can only verify later from my shots.
albeit blur and small.. (darn I need an canon IS telephoto zoom!!!)
you can roughly see the shark in mid day!
we were going for a tour of P.Semakau after a tiring seagrass survey and fighting the mozzies on the trail back. Just when we thought that's all the island had to offer us for the day. Someone shouted 'Shark!'. The nice bus driver slowed down the bus and then eventually stopped. Everyone was in disbelief and denial and there were quite a few 'where got??' (add to the fact that we were kinda late for the boat) so nobody really wanted to leave the bus until Robin gave an inspiring shout of " Get off the bus to see clearly lah!"
hahah so that's how i got the shot.. ;p
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Dolphins sighted in Singapore! with video clips!
on the habitatnews blog
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I haven't seen the snake in the wild before but this lucky guy got it eating a gecko!
thanks to Francis for graciously providing the images for use here. all copyrights remain his :)
Monday, May 07, 2007
spotted this knobbly seastar (Protoreaster nodosus) at Cyrene reefs while helping out with teamseagrass surveys. Guess it wanted to join in the survey? haha sorry you are not big enough yet!
p.s. No seastars were moved in this posed shot. gears were surrepitiously moved around it instead lolz
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Not the business district, but a very shy and elusive bird. Managed to take some pics of this bird that has a beak like a crow and tail feathers of a drongo. There is at least a family of 4 CBDs living on the island. Spotted them several times before but never been able to get a clear shot of them yet."
Excellent Close up of Sunda Woodpecker by Daniel Koh!
Thanks to Daniel for allowing me to reproduce his images here!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The photo looks abit strange in the center cos that's the part of the
seahare poking out of water as it's gliding across a seagrass meadow
:) if you see more clearly you can see other sea hares that I can't
crop out cos they were all clustered together!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
" The Hornbill not only likes to eat a lot of fruit. It also takes
Lizards, Snakes and Insects..
In this case the Mantis which is still alive , looks shocked that it
has been caught off guard.. This particular mantis is quite
large if you compare it to the size of the Hornbill's beak"
Saturday, March 10, 2007
this particular one i chanced upon from google video :)
the author has this to describe ..
" The first shot is a lizard on the first floor of Jen's mom's condo. Next is a shot of the condo complex over the resevoir and then...nothin' but monkeys!"
I might be digressing too much but seeing postings of commonly seen animals often gets me thinking..
was reading an article in the papers today about expats living in sg. This guy said something about how kids of yonder years could name any tree/ creature but kids now are so divorced from nature they hardly can tell the difference between two. I can substantiate his story with friends (with a Bsc in Biology) who thought that penguins are mammals, whales are fish and other related guffaws..
Perhaps this is the root cause of environmental destruction. When you lack a name for something you kinda of are more detached to it.
case in point?
this report starts with
" Since 1500, more than 150 bird species have disappeared from the world,...."
hmmm 500 years and only 150 extinct? that doesn't sound too bad..
but the full sentence reads
" Since 1500, more than 150 bird species have disappeared from the world, including the much lamented dodo. "
Ah the dodo, I could tell you stories about why it is lamented that the dodo died and if only ppl cared more ....
I wonder if there are 149 more stories like the dodo.. or were there none simply cos too few got to know the animals beyond a scientific name or a given name to care..
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
Gosh his pics are gorgeous! I would love to see the bigger res ones tho!
25th Feb sightings
edit: Thanks to Ivan for graciously providing his images for use here. :)
click the link to view more (I have only taken a few to show for lack of space)
Visit his site for deals on dive reference books!
Saturday, February 24, 2007
see my previous post for more info on the monitor lizard
Saturday, February 17, 2007
There are interesting creatures at SBG as well! Happy CNY to you!
edit: thanks to AngHY for allowing me to reproduce his images for direct viewing!
Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007
Sorry for the off topic but thought this might interest you readers.. here's a photo to finish this pseudo post :)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Mangrove tree dwelling crab Selatium brockii @Southern Isle by kevin
Originally uploaded by koiyau.
This crab was posing quite inanimately on a juvenile mangrove tree. (am tempted to call it Mangrove small tree Clinging for dear life crab) Thanks to the sharp eye of ysf (who was trying to id the tree actually) I could take a close shot of this crab and id it from a BP guidebook
Friday, January 26, 2007
Wow haven't even heard of this particular species before. Its also known as Finlayson's squirrel species name is Callosciurus finlaysoni . Id is by Daniel Koh (how does he spot these creatures??) Got the name from Kwok Wai's Wildlife Singapore. Its listed at wikipedia as an introduced species (i can't confirm this. anyone can verify?)
Budak points to this other source that says its introduced
p.s. for more shots of this furry creature check out Daniel's post
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Land hermit crab Coenobita cavipes @ Southern Isles by Kevin
Originally uploaded by koiyau.
Ha this poor bloke was housed in a Giant East African snail shell (which is very incongruous with a sea shore). Even though the shell was already pretty large, the Land Hermit Crab still can't hide itself into the shell. Oh well at least the soft bits are protected.
wow thanks felix for digging up this old post!
I based my id on this http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/text/2063.htm
will doublecheck this...
here's relevant links for those interested in the differences.