Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2017 Borneo River Wildlife Photo Trip, Day 1

31st May 2017 - This is my 3rd visit to Kinabatangan River at Sabah, Borneo. I first visited to this place back in 2009 & subsequently in 2011 and 2017.

There is no direct flight from Singapore to Kinabatangan. In order to get to Kinabatangan, we can either transit at Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabaru. We choose to transit at Kuala Lumpur and by the time we reach our accommodation for the next few days in Sukau, it was already close to 4.30pm. After checked-in, we immediately take out our camera and all ready to explore the beauty of Kinabatangan river. We have less than 2 hours before sun set and will be too dark to see or shoot anything.
Long-tailed Macaque
The very first animal that welcome us is the Long-tailed Macaque.
Long-tailed Macaque
Having early dinner before sun set?
Black hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)
The very first hornbill that we saw is Black hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus).
Wrinkled hornbill (Aceros corrugatus)
Must be our lucky day, another hornbill spotted just across the river - Wrinkled hornbill (Aceros corrugatus)
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
Wow! Another big hornbill - Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
It may be common in Singapore, having to see them here equally exciting - Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Changeable Hawk Eagle
Changeable Hawk Eagle preparing to call it a day.
Green Imperial Pigeon
Just when we about to return to the home stay, this Green Imperial Pigeon make an appearance.
Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
Is almost too dark to see this Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) clearly. Hopefully we are able to see it again tomorrow with better lighting.
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
What a way to end our birding with this Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) perching openly with the sun set as the background.
Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus)
We were still talking about Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) while on the way back and we suddenly saw some movement. Is really a Proboscis monkey! Can't wait to see what is in store for us tomorrow!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Be a Singapore Tourist Again...

I have been following and reading 蔚藍手札 by Euphtw for some times. I came to know about their blog in 2009 while I was doing research on birding area of Taiwan. Since then, we have been in contact and exchange of knowledge. When Euphtw told me that they are coming to Singapore, I volunteer myself to be their guide (birding) and be a Singapore tourist again. They are here in Singapore attending a seminar and will have few days free for birding after the seminar. 

After several recce trips , I decided to show them an off-shore island, a nature reserve and some tourist attraction area to have a mix experience of what Singapore can offer.
Pulau Ubin
For most foreigner, Singapore is a modern city. To know what Singapore is like before developed into a modern city today, Pulau Ubin is the best place to experience life in Singapore where there is no high-rise building, no air-con restaurant, no shopping mall, etc.
Singapore Nature reserve
Singapore do have forested area & nature reserves. Visit to this area will complete one's experience of Singapore. Most tourist will know Merlion, but most didn't know Singapore do have a wild side waiting to be explored!
Singapore has a tropical rain forest climate, so is normal that at this moment sunny and
Heavy rain
heavy rain or thunder storm next.
Despite the heavy downpour, we managed to see lots of things. From small critters to
Oriental Pied Hornbill
big big bird such as Oriental Pied Hornbill! Where in the world will you be able to see a wild hornbill in just a meter away! Truly unique Singapore.  :)
Chili crab
 As bird guide, food is also on the to do or to go list. How can one visit Singapore without trying the famous Chili crab!
Crab beehoon, crab noodle
 Beehoon crab or Crab noodle is for those who can't take spicy food.
Chicken rice
 Of course Chicken rice is another must try when visit Singapore.
Marina Bay Sand
After the wild side of Singapore, is time to visit the iconic Marina Bay of Singapore! Do drop by  : 蔚藍手札 if you are also interested to know what we seen at those non-touristy area.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tree Top Walk @ Windsor Nature Park

Due to the on-going construction & survey work in the park, I'm not exactly sure and confuse which are the trail that is still accessible. I'm thinking of bringing my foreign friend later this month to this  place so is good to have a recce trip before that.
Windsor Nature Park
 Even with this map, is not easy to tell which part of the trail is affected.
Windsor Nature Park
 Good to be able to see such a big tree in this tiny island of Singapore!
Windsor Nature Park
The trail to Tree Top Walk is suitable for all ages as boardwalk is constructed on a otherwise challenging part of the trail.
Tree Top Walk Singapore
This is the entrance to the Tree Top Walk also serve as the traffic control to limit the number of people at any one time that stay on the suspended bridge 25m above the forest floor.
Tree Top Walk Singapore
 This is the first of its kind in the region! The bridge only allow one direction traffic.
Tree Top Walk Singapore
Do take note to keep away or hide your food in your back pack when crossing the bridge. Else the 'illegal' toll collector will just grab it from you.
Long-tailed macaque
Unfortunately, my bottled water also become the target. The monkey just grab it from my back pack after I walk pass it.
Blue-Winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis)
Saw this Blue Wing leaf bird high up on the tree. Can't get a better angle due to the small opening in the forest.
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
 Managed to take a shot of this very active and small Common Tailor bird.
Olive-Winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus)
 This is one of the bulbul that only can be found in the forest - Olive Wing Bulbul.
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
 Family of 3 Asian Glossy Starling perch on the same branch. The on the right is the juvenile.
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
Although Javan myna has adapted to survive in the urban area, they have no problem living in the forest too.
Blue Jay (Graphium evemon eventus)
 A very beautiful Blue Jay butterfly by the stream.
Ikan aruan
 There are lots of fishes in the stream including this Snakehead that about 30cm long.
Long-tailed macaque
Different from the troop of monkey that I saw on the Tree Top Walk, this troop rather stay away from contact and find their own food.
Plantain squirrel
 This Plantain squirrel getting ready to jump to another branch.
Playful Plaintain squirrel
The squirrel seem to be really enjoy the companion from its partner!