Visit to Kranji Marshes, Sungei Buloh

Finally found some time to explore this “new” extension of Sungei Buloh.

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Looks like a long walk ahead…

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… and actually quite boring walk. At this point, i didn’t notice the ”restricted access” to my disappointment later.

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Many birds along the way but mostly on top of trees that I can see but out of reach of my lens except this massively cropped shot.

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Not much luck with fauna but did chance upon some nice flora.

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Finally I reach the clearing.

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Let’s see what I can see up there.

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Nice view but nothing much. Going back down to explore further.

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Then I found I can’t proceed further.

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I went back to look at the map.

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Noted, I didn’t read the fine print…. next time better open my eyes bigger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Orchids at Singapore Botantic Gardens

Thanks to all those who put in the hard work to get our Botanic Gardens into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

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After savouring the Peking duck, I brought my parents to the Botanic Gardens because my mom love orchids and when she got to know of the event, Botanical Inspirations Orchids of Singapore Botanic Gardens & Their Heritage, she asked to see them and here we are!

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Doubt I knew how to appreciate orchids like my mom… and at least I love the variety and colours!

Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension

I was very happy to know Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve will be expanded and when I read about the opening of the latest extension, I looked forward for a visit. Finally I was able to find time to explore today.

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Area I intend to cover today

Let’s get started!

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Giant Mud-skipper … so am I expecting to see many of these here?

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View from Little Heron Deck with Johor Bahru across the water.

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Kranji Dam

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Fantail Pod, viewing ‘pods’ like this are very common in this part of the reserve.DSC07847_upload

Mid-canopy walk

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Eagle Point

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Typical foot paths along coastal walks

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This is a nice place to really explore the mudflats up close… too bad i didn’t notice any interesting creatures here.

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Beside the structures, I did find some animals, but mostly spiders (really lots and lots of spiders), dragonflies and snails. I here birds though, but never able to spot them among the trees.

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Except this one perched too far for my 400mm (35mm equivalent) lens to reach and a white-bellied fish eagle below.

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There are really lots and lots of spiders such as these.

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Snails, big and small are very common too.

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As well as dragonflies and moths. But most don’t allow me to come close.

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And finally I found a mud skipper.

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Overall, I found this extension much nicer than the main reserve. There are much more scenic boardwalks and viewing pods. As for creatures to spot, its more skill and luck that matters, both of which I didn’t have much 🙂

Equipment:

1. Olympus E-5 with Zuiko 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 & Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 macro lens

2. Sony Nex5R with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

3. DxO OpticsPro version 9

Drying Eco-Lake @ Botanic Gardens

I was inspired by a picture of the drying Eco-Lake on the Straits Times and decided to go down for some pictures. Since I just retired my aging Sony Cybershot HX9V with its latest successor, Sony Cybershot HX50v (a much upgraded version with 30x optical zoom), I might as well use this opportunity to test out the new camera. It is not actually ‘new’ because I got a used copy from Bhphotovideo.com. Given the quick technology refresh rate, I no longer buy new gadgets. Patience always yield steep discounts.

When I got there, the sight really stunned me. The prolonged dry spell really hit water bodies such as Eco-Lake quite badly.

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A panoramic shot (stitched in-cam using its automatic function)

Other than the much reduced lake, there was little sign (at least to my eyes) the flora and fauna are much affected… yet.

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Anyway, hope the dry spell end soon. Rain rain.. please come back 🙂