Monday, August 21, 2006

Red Jungle Fowl Gallus gallus @Central Catchment area by Daniel

link to post

Wow. Another rare sighting and by hiker (aka Daniel Koh). They are rare and even described as "almost living dinosaurs and are of great interest and value." ( ref1). I saw pics of it at the Ubin info center and on habitatnews, but never thought that they can be spotted on mainland. But apparently I was wrong when I checked this with Dr Wee YC from the BES blog

edit: added photo whose permission was kindly granted by daniel. All copyright remain his.

Jungle Fowl
Pulau Ubin stories

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Green Crab Spiders Dieta virens (Thorell) 1891 by tchuanye

Great photos again by tchuanye looking at these photos I would think this spider is really really hard to spot. Much less to photograph so beautifully. I can hardly id this from the online photo in the guidebook.
if you wish to purchase any of his pictures
visit his gallery at

"A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Banded Leaf Monkeys @ Lower Pierce Trail by hiker

link to clubsnap post
WOW!! .. Rare sighting !!!

note: thanks to hiker for generously allowing me to post the pics here for you!
all rights remain his.

if the name doesn't say it all for you visit here for the reason why this is exciting

and here's the firsthand account of the sighting!
(with minor edits to hide the location to protect the monkeys)
email if u NEED to know the location.
p.s. i wonder if there were sightings of more than a pair by others.

its was friday, 11aug, about 1745hrs.
i was walking along lower peirce reservoir, XXX trail.
then i heard a loud 'crash' among the canopies, at first glance,
i thought they were the common long-tailed macaque...,
then i saw one swinging pass the trees like a spider monkey!!

!!Banded Leaf Monkeys!!!
then a second one swing by.. , about 20m behind the first one.
i took out my camera to shoot but no more came by....

both the monkeys disappeared into the trees before i could get any shot.., i waited at that spot for some time to see if there is any
more coming.... , sadly, no..

so judging the direction they were going..,
i made my way to XXX trail and waited..

15mins later, both of them came by again!
i managed to shoot those few pics shown in clubsnap..
then they disappeared again heading south..

then i made my way south too, but the forest ends there,
behind the petrol kiosks...,
there were dozens of long-tailed macaque there, some cars
drove by, throwing some food out to feed them.
so i dun think i will see them appear again, so sad.

the end.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Great-billed Heron Ardea sumatrana by skfoo

another great series by skfoo here's the writeup excerpted from his post

images and text copyright of Foo Sai Khoon!

Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana)

I have seen a Great-billed Heron on a number of occasions at Chek Jawa (Pulau Ubin). Alone in solitary as it hunts on the mudflats/sandy banks during low tides. Accordingly, this is the tallest living bird in Singapore. It is bigger than the more commonly seen Grey Heron and easily mistaken for the Purple Heron. As its name suggest, it is known for its massive bill. It is a rare resident of the South Islands, very rarely seen on the mainland (West and East only). Its habitat is mangroves, mudflats and rocky islets.