Saturday, April 21, 2018

Exploring Sea Shore of Singapore - Part 1

Got to take a break from my Thailand trip as I have not process or go through the photos yet. Is been a while since I last explored rich biodiversity of Singapore sea shore.
Sun Rise Singapore
 The sun is already up when I arrive at the shore.
Geographic Sea Hare (Syphonota geographica)
This is huge compare to other animals that we saw at the shore. The  Geographic Sea Hare (Syphonota geographica) are in season. Saw quite a number of them.
Hermit crab
 Hermit crab taking over an empty shell as new home.
Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber)
 Is always good to be able to find a sea star especially a Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber)
Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber)
 More lucky satrs... small, medium & large
Sand Stars (Astropecten spp.)
 Found another one just right before it burrow in to the sands - Sand Stars (Astropecten spp.)
Feather star
 Usually see them when go diving, but we saw one at the shore, a Feather star.
Black Sea Urchin
 Saw this Black Sea Urchin covered with sea grass on its spines.
White Sea Urchin (Salmacis sp.)
 Another about the same size but much colourful - White Sea Urchin (Salmacis sp.)
Mantis shrimp
 Other than sea urchin, saw this Mantis shrimp.
Leaf-porter crab (Neodorippe callida)
 A very tiny Leaf-porter crab (Neodorippe callida) swim under the leaf of a floating sea grass.
Flower Crab (Portunus pelagicus)
 This is the moult (empty shell)of a Flower Crab (Portunus pelagicus)
Spiny Hands (Charybdis hellerii)
 Another moult but this belongs to Spiny Hands (Charybdis hellerii)
Cuttlefish bone
Not an empty shell but a Cuttlefish bone. Since it is rich of calcium, they are used as calcium-rich dietary supplements for many small animals such as cage birds. They are also a good polishing material too... (to be continued in Part 2).

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Journey to Kaeng Krachan Bird Watching - Day 1

After almost a year of waiting, we finally landed here in Bangkok for this short & exciting trip. Thanks to internet that brought nature lovers from two different part of the world together exploring this beautiful Land of Smile!
Thai food
The first item on our list to start this trip is to go for lunch while on the way to Kaeng Krachan (KKC). The traffic is heavier than usual as it is the long week end for Thailand. After travel about an hour, we simply stop at the roadside for a quick meal. Fried egg, vegetable & some meat to go with rice.
Saw this very bright colour Singapore registered car on our way to KKC. What a good idea to self-drive and explore this beautiful country. No fixed timing, no fixed itinerary just stop whenever and wherever you like. Thousand miles away from home on wheels, the experience must be very exciting!
Cattle Egret
We stop at a paddy field to start our bird watching. First bird that we saw is no other than this Cattle Egret with the breeding plumage.
plain prinia
This Plain Prinia is actively hunting for as many food before the sun set.

pied starling
A huge nest build by Pied Starling using material that can be found in the urban area.
White-vented Mynas (Acridotheres grandis)
Very similar to Javan Myna but this White Vented Myna have a much prominence crest on their head.
Our next stop is this cattle farm. We are here for the Blue-tailed Bee-eater. The white sand puddle are the nest of the bee-eaters.
blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Once our eyes adjusted to the lighting, there are lots of activities going on in this area that appear to be empty.
blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
They are everywhere! Some on the tree and some just wait for their partner outside their nest.
blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Is was getting dark and I try my luck for this flight shot.
Indian roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Hiding behind the lamp pole is Indian roller.
Large-tailed nightjar, Caprimulgus macrurus,
Managed to spot another bird before we go for our dinner. Is a nocturnal bird - Large Tail Nightjar. This end our 1st day of short but fruitful birding session. What will we see tomorrow?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

An Accident Waiting To Happen - Asian Pied Starling

While on our way to Keang Krachan from airport, we stop by a paddy field for our first bird watching stop.
Asian pied starling
 One of the very common bird that we saw was this Asian Pied Starling.
Asian pied starling
 Some of them were foraging for food in the paddy field.
Asian pied starling
What caught my attention or curiosity was this huge nest! This starling are not picky on the nesting materials, from twig, leaves to plastic bag & raffia string!

Most importantly is the nest is just nest to an almost ripe seed pod of Sand Box Tree . When ripe, pods catapult the seeds as far as 100 meters and I'm sure the birds will get hurt when that happened and the birds will learn through a hard way.