Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Oriental Pied Hornbill pair @P.Ubin by Jeff


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!
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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Oliva miniacea RODING, 1798 Cowrie @ Cyrene by Kev

IMG_1604_cowrie, originally uploaded by koiyau.

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!

Pelagic Crab feeding on algae

IMG_1612_crab_algae-2, originally uploaded by koiyau.

Saw this little critter busy picking at the algae JUST when the tide's coming in and we all had to leave.. snapped a few shots thru the wavy water so the image isn't sharp.. a video would have be nicer...

Sandfish Sea Cucumber (Holothuria scraba) @ Cyrene by Kev

IMG_1608, originally uploaded by koiyau.

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