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 🙂

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Bird watching at the Botanic Gardens

People seldom go bird watching at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and even fewer during noon. But I happen to be one of them when and went to recce the place via the Botanic Gardens MRT station before I met my friend for lunch.

The station exit is very near the Eco Gardens and decided to try my luck there because I remembered there were at least some ducks or swan there. And true enough, despite the light drizzling, the birds are still there this time. The swan is here…

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… so are the ducks.

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And it is nice to nap in such a nice cool rainy weather.

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There are other birds as well, but too far away for my lens (max out at 400mm FF equvialent) except for this one resting on top of a sign post.

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