The stare by the Duck!

Lesser Whistling Duck, originally uploaded by brandon Chia.

The ducks(Lesser Whistling Duck) at Botanic Gardens always amuse me as i always get difference shots of them during difference visits. Some information on them: They are the only duck that breed in Singapore and they prefer to breed in freshwater with dense vegetation nearby where their chicks can immediately reach the water after hatching.

There are less then 200 of them in Singapore and is listed as endangered due to the natural habitat lost but fortunately
, they breed in man-made habitat such as the botanic gardens. Another place that spotting have been reported is at route 3, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, sadly I have not seen a single one at Sungei Buloh after walking a long distance!

Red Shanks are here!

Red Shanks are here!, originally uploaded by brandon Chia.

Migratory season is coming, the Red Shanks are here about 17 of them as on 8 Aug 09. And today, 2 new birds, Lesser Sand Plover, was also spotted. They are in their breeding plumage. Photo of it -

Best time to see them in Sungei Buloh is HIGH tide because during low tide, they will be around Singapore.

Have fun!

Ottters Family In Sungei Buloh!

I had a great time in Buloh again! Saw the otters family! They are cute!!!
I manage to took a few photos of them as they are quite ''cooperative''.
I'm quite happy with this shoT!

Saving the Grey Heron....

I'm not sure did I save it or kill it. :(

When I was with Wei Xiang taking photo of Herons / Terns we saw an injure Grey Heron on the grassland beside the canal, we went to take a look and we can go as close as 1m from the Heron! At first the heron was scare of us when we approach it. It tried to fly away and it can't. It can only flap its wings and then drop on to the ground.

The sun was scorching hot and we knew that the bird was going to be dehydrated so we manage to carry it to a shade. Tried feeding it fishes that was brought from the market, but it failed. So we called ACRES they said that they can't take in birds. :( Called Nparks, Sungei Buloh, they said they can't take in any birds. The last resort was to send to a vet, when we reach there(ARVC) the staff were kind and helpful, they fed it with water and food. It then look better.

When we reach the zoo, I was pissed OFF with the Security Guards, I told them that we called up and say that we are bring a heron in and the staff on the phone say ok. The guard later said that they got to call and check. Then they say that they can't let the bird in! Then they made another call to the vet, they are doing all this at their own sweet time! The bird was classified as on emergency case by the vets at ARVC! They don't look like they are concern about the heron, and is this what they call conservation! I'm totally not happy when I send it to the Zoo. I will not send another animal to Zoo if there are more to come!