A Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus) taken while walking along Clementi Road, Singapore, on 9 Nov 2019. Spotted this one by chance when I looked up and saw it resting quietly on this leaf.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/35478967 ].
Not the first time I've taken a shot of a Ciliate Blue (Anthene emolus), but I find this shot quite nice, with the butterfly in front of a plain background. Taken while walking along Clementi Road, Singapore, on 9 Nov 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/35478984 ]
Another up close shot. This time, with a large adult Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator). This one was just behind a fence at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore. Photos taken on 27 Oct 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34951012 ]
Fish photos for a change. 🙂 My first clear shots of halfbeak fish, probably the Stripe-nosed Halfbeak (Zenarchopterus buffonis), taken at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 27 Oct 2019.
Halfbeaks get their name from their mouth: their upper jaw is much shorter than their lower one, an adaptation for feeding on food near the surface of the water.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34951004 ]
Up close and personal with this Broad-handed Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa latipes) at Pulau Ubin, Singapore, on 26 Oct 2019. It kept returning to this perch so only some patient waiting was needed to get the shots.
A large solitary bee, it isn't aggressive and as long as you don't threaten it (like waving and attempting to smack it), it will rather just fly around you.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34903115 ].
A Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) spotted feeding on a nearby tree at the Pandan River, Singapore, on 15 Oct 2019. I've taken shots of these birds in the past but these ones came out quite well, I think.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34402842 ].
Got startled by a bird call next to me at the Pandan River, Singapore. Turned and was delighted to see this male Common Flameback woodpecker (Dinopium javanense) on the tree. It was busy looking for food and calling out and paid no heed to the excited photographer nearby. :-) Shots taken on 15 Oct 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34403434 ].
Made a first visit to the newly opened Thomson Nature Park in Singapore today, 13 Oct 2019. Spotted this Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) among the trees at the park.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34292563 ].
A Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus) spotted at Jurong Eco Garden, Singapore, on 12 Oct 2019. There were two in the trees but only managed to get shots of one.
It is an uncommon introduced resident bird.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34237394 ]
A shot of a Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) taken from the back in Singapore on 5 Oct 2019. Interesting to see its wing feathers are not a uniform dark or grey colour from this angle.
On iNaturalist [ https://inaturalist.org/observations/33881281 ].
I often see the Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) at International Business Park and the nearby Pandan River in Singapore, but not as often elsewhere in Singapore.
These shots were taken at the Pandan River on 1 Oct 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33693907 ].
A juvenile Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) spotted at the Pandan River, Singapore, on 1 Oct 2019. It's a juvenile as its feathers are brownish-orange in colour, instead of the purple colour typical of the adults.
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) is a common small bird, often seen in flocks but rather skittish. On this occasion, the sparrows were more interested in looking for food than flying away. Spotted at Pandan Gardens, Singapore, on 25 Sept 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33364754 ].
A Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon) spotted at the end of a walk at Ulu Sembawang Park Connector, Singapore, on 21 Sept 2019. it kept flying up and down a deep drain, looking for a place to puddle (feeding on a wet surface). Eventually we went down into the drain and after some patient waiting, it stopped to puddle not far, letting us get some shots.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33118523 ].
Dragonflies can be vicious predators. Here's a shot of a Variegated Green Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina) spotted feeding on another dragonfly: you can see the wing still attached to the victim, which appears to be one of the red dragonflies.
Seen at the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector, Singapore, on 21 Sep 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33118522 ].
(I've marked the photo as sensitive.)
The haze in Singapore was in the hazardous range this morning; it cut out enough light that I was able to take this shot of the sun in the morning (no Neutral Density filter needed), only underexposing the tree in front.
And the haze smell wasn't that pleasant either. :-(
A Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri), immature female, spotted on a tree near the walking path at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore, on 15 Sept. 2019. It stayed still and needed sharp eyes from the butterfly group to spot it. Getting shots was a challenge with all the leaves and branches around it.
It is a venomous snake but can be observed from a safe distance.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32752315 ]
A Yellow Vein Lancer (Pyroneura latoia) spotted at Upper Seletar Reservoir, Singapore, on 15 Sept 2019 during the butterfly walk. It was spotted taking nectar from a Leea indica plant, where it can usually be seen and photographed.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32752300 ].
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