A nice surprise. A Palm King (Amathusia phidippus phidippus) spotted at Pasir Ris Park, Singapore, on 20 May 2019. This one was hanging about on the tree just outside the toilets at Carpark C.
The Palm King is a moderately rare butterfly in Singapore and usually active in the evening, so seeing it in the morning at the park was unexpected.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25432969 ]
Spotted a member of one Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) family near the bridge over the Pandan River, Singapore, on May 15, 2019. It was busy with its meal and wasn't bothered with the people gawking at it eating.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25154836 ].
Finally got pictures of this Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), which I have occasionally seen at International Business Park, Singapore, on 16 May, 2019.
I managed to get to within a few metres of it to take these shots.
It is an uncommon resident bird in Singapore.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25206766 ].
My second encounter with a Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), this time just a few metres away on a railing at the Pandan River, Singapore. Spotted on 25 April 2019.
The Stork-billed Kingfisher is not as common here compared to other kingfishers.
More pictures on iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23044392 ].
While walking along the river at Springleaf Nature Park, Singapore, I saw a spot of bright red in the water. Getting closer, I saw it was this Red Water Lily (Nymphaea rubra) in full bloom. Spotted on 19 April, 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22694527 ].
An immature Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) spotted at the Pandan River, Singapore, on 11 April 2019. I usually see the breeding adults (with black head stripes) so this was an interesting sighting.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22320493 ].
A Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) family reappeared at the Pandan River, Singapore, looking for food. Getting shots of them in the water is a bit of a challenge as they move about and dive. But I got lucky and this fellow popped up in front of me and gave me time to take a shot. Taken in the morning on 12 April, 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22365218 ].
I've been seeing a group of Rose-ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) flying about near my work place but it took me a while to find out where they like to rest so I could take shots of them.
Local Status: Uncommon introduced resident
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22278224 ]
A Dark-tipped Forest-Skimmer (Cratilla metallica), female, spotted at Windsor Nature Park, Singapore, on 6 April 2019. Was passing through one of the areas where trees were being cleared when she came and perched on the exposed branch next to the path.
This is one of the larger dragonflies to be found locally.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22075387 ].
A cool spotting during a walk at Windsor Nature Park, Singapore, on 6 April 2019. A Elegant Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis formosus) spotted next to the broadwalk.
More pictures of it on iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22075414 ].
This snake "feeds mainly on tree-dwelling geckoes and skinks" so finding it near the ground was unexpected. Info from [ http://www.ecologyasia.com/verts/snakes/elegant_bronzeback.htm ].
A Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete metarete) spotted on the ground near the Pandan River, Singapore, on 4 April, 2019 in the morning. It appears to be drinking from the dew on the grass.
This butterfly usually flies high in the canopy, so I seldom gets clear shots of it. Seeing it on the ground was an unexpected opportunity.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21979066 ].
A Climbing Dayflower (Commelina diffusa) spotted along the fringes of the carpark at Pasir Ris Park, Singapore, on 31 March 2019.
A small flowering plant, lost among the sea of grassy plants. :-)
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21818532 ]
Happy. My first sighting of the Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis). I've only recorded sightings of the Collared and White-throated Kingfishers up to now, so to see a different kind of Kingfisher is exciting.
Spotted at Pasir Ris Park, Singapore, on 31 March 2019.
Listed as an Uncommon resident.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21818537 ].
While walking along the Pandan river in Singapore today, 29 March 2019, I heard a splash. It turned out to be this Grey-headed Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus) catching a fish. It then flew to this perch and proceeded to dry itself while eating the fish.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21731296 ].
An Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) spotted during last week's trip in Perak, Malaysia. It stopped on this branch just outside the garden, so I quickly took some shots before it took off again.
Sunbirds are the nectar feeding Old World equivalent of the Hummingbirds of America.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21352938 ].
First time I've seen the Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) at my hometown in Perak, Malaysia. This was during the holiday trip last week.
Spotted a Brown Shrike several times over the next few days while there. Those might have been the same as this one.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21384109 ].
A Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) spotted in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia, on 21 March 2019. Some smaller birds were diving at it: maybe trying to drive it away.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21446817 ].
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