Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Google rewards KML use in research with prizes!

Google LatLong: Create cool KML, win cool prizes

Neat! Just found out about this contest here. Sadly, I think I dun have enough species data here to present anything nice. Anyone has data they wish to display on Google Earth? Offering my skills for a chance at the contest!

The rules of the contest kinda skipped Singapore for one of the countries eligible for the contest although in their demo use page they showed a Singapore Dengue distribution map. I hope they recitfy this. Although I hope to join not for the prizes

the excerpt of the rules is here

Eligibility: To be eligible to enter the Contest, you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of one of the following: United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom. Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Gallery - The best wildlife photography of 2008 - Image 1 - New Scientist --- The shortlist has been announced for the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The remarkable images include flocks of birds twisting into exotic shapes, brightly-coloured tropical fish and bats in mid-flight

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Google Developer's Fest

Lolz writing now from the Google DevFest at Singapore... hmm sadly its not packed to the brim right now.. maybe cos its just after a long weekend. oh well, am pretty excited though.. will post relevant updates if any..

Update: There's going to be a SE Asia OpenSocial Application Contest

Check out details at

The Event website

my online notes as the event progresses

Google Developer's Fest

Lolz writing now from the Google DevFest at Singapore... hmm sadly its not packed to the brim right now.. maybe cos its just after a long weekend. oh well, am pretty excited though.. will post relevant updates if any..

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris convexus) @ Henderson by eleveninth

Interesting pic and story by eleveninth. apparently a macaque monkey was trying to catch this hornbill (for food perhaps? or just playfulness?)

Thanks to eleveninth for graciously allowing me to reproduce his pic here. all rights remain his.

p.s. sorry I haven't been blogging much .. been busy!
just bought a new toy a GPS data logger! very soon I be able to geotag photos!
but i might only geotag those photos that are of species that are less sensitive for fear of poachers.
I think its a sad thing when u have fellow human beings that appreciate the beauty of nature but only thinks to want to own it so that he/she alone can enjoy the beauty in private and in violation of legal laws. Just have a look at what this guy commented on SLOG

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Otter footprint @ Chek Jawa P. Ubin by Kevin

Can you see the two footprints here? the magnified view of the top one is below

IMG_2779_Otter_footprint, originally uploaded by koiyau.

Was out with teamseagrass at Chek Jawa and I spotted this set of paw prints VERY close to the broadwalk!
Judging from the depth of the print i think he/she had a easier time walking through the soft mud then me..
I tried following the trail but naturally it didnt end in a pot of gold or an otter..
I wonder what species it is!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Smooth Otters (Lutra/Lutrogale perspicillata) @ Punggol River by hiker (Daniel Koh) --- Daniel got another fantastic shot this time its a " pair of super loving smooth otters at punggol river"
Thanks to Daniel for allowing me to reproduce his pic here :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Frog Fish @ Cyrene by kevin


Thanks to Chay Hoon for spotting it! This fish still eludes my eye!

Sea Urchin @ Cyrene by kevin


only 2 of these were seen that day

Juvenile Bat Fish @ Cyrene by Kevin


Juvenile Batfish? Not very certain. anyone knows?
it was trapped in a pool at low tide but it shows the importance of Cyrene as a nursery for marine fishes.

Sea Cucumbers @ Cyrene by Kevin



Saw 3 of these sea cucumber there on Friday

Common Sea Star @ Cyrene by kevin


This is the other variety found at the sand flats ..

Knobby Sea Stars @ Cyrene by Kevin


As usual saw lotsa knobblies at wonderful cyrene. I was less excited but it's a first sighting for some of our group! :)

Knobbly_sea_star IMG_1355

this one had alot of knobs!


This one was large!


This one was missing an arm but thankfully they regenerate them..

Friday, May 30, 2008

Whiskered Treeswift ( Hemiprocne comata ) by cajuca

shots of a pair of Whiskered Treeswift ( Hemiprocne comata ) mating

kevin's note:
thanks to MarkChua for graciously allowing me to post his pics here :) All copyright remain his!
first blog since reservist kept me busy!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Pentaceraster mammillatus @ Cyrene Reef by TeamSeaGrass

ST news link

Read about "THE discovery of this attractive species, one of about a dozen of its kind in the Indo-Pacific, is in some respects a remarkable surprise, given its large size and the fact that sea stars and their relatives had been intensively surveyed and studied throughout the 1990s by a team of NUS and Belgian marine scientists."

Link at wildsingapore
Photos can be seen here

Sunday, March 30, 2008

White Bellied Sea Eagle Part II by speedblade

More amazing shots by speedblade! there's aerial dogfight and catfish catch. nice shots despite raining cats and dogs recently ;p
CS link here

Lynx Spider(Tapponia sp.) by stevewhy

excellent macro of the lynx spider from the front u can see the palps so clearly!
the male is the 1st and female the 2nd

bigger res pics are here!

All pics belong to stevewhy. Thanks for graciously allowing me to repro his images here :)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Nesting Hornbills @ Changi by Paul

Check out these wonderful shots by Paul

Thanks Paul for letting me post the pics here.
all copyrights remain his

Saturday, February 16, 2008

White crab spider @ Chek Jawa, P. Ubin by Kevin

img_1081 crab spider web, originally uploaded by koiyau.

heh taken by me :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Two Spotted Line Blue (Nacaduba biocellata) A New Lycaenidae species for Singapore!

check out the excitement at the butterflycircle blog!

Description of the Two Spotted Line Blue :
Male - upperside lilac with base dark blue ; Female - upperside dull brown with basal area variably suffused with blue. Underside pale brown with a series of dark brown spots and bands narrowly edged with brown and white. Each hindwing has two black subtornal spots with iridescent green scales and inwardly ringed with pale yellow brown."


Monday, January 07, 2008

White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) @ B. Panjang by Speedblade


Amazing shots by speedblade from CS
what's even more amazing is that the eagle has caught a released goldfish in a storm canal.
what are the odds?

view the discussion here

Thanks to speedblade for graciously allowing me to post his pics here.
all copyrights remain his!

check out his flickr acct with the full series here