Sunday, November 23, 2014

A lazy Sunday morning at Haji Lane

I kinda like a quiet and lazy stroll around the Kampong Glam area on an early Sunday morning. There's hardly anyone around and the area is peaceful. These two kartek ayams and their girlfriend greeted me in the car park. They belong to someone who lives in the neighborhood. Ended getting down on the ground to photograph them with a wide angle lens since I was too lazy to pull out my other lens from the boot.
Sargent major here was crowing his lungs out.

Then meandered through the Malay Museum grounds and headed towards Haji Lane. It's probably one of the most unique streets here where each shop front has a unique appearance. It's fun to explore and finding angles that work for the camera. In addition, Haji Lane is totally different in the evening. I've made a mental note to do another walk around then. The only people I met were a couple of tourists doing the same thing as I, and a family who hired a photographer to take family photos. Here are a couple but there are loads more for you to explore and notice.

I find it is quite a nice experience to wander around and look at your country with a different pair of glasses. Trust me it can be fun and sometimes a bonus if you get an opportunity to strike up a conversation with people you meet. Since I had time to kill before my next appointment. Ended up in Arbite with a very good cup of cappuccino.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bishan otter has a mate

This rather territorial big bird alerted me to the presence of something in the river when it flew down to the river. On getting closer, I spied the familiar dark brown shape of an otter in the water. Then another head pops up from under water. The Bishan Park otter population has increased. Since I had no camera with me during my walk, I had to walk very quickly home (30 mins) to get my kit.
My first sighting of an otter in Bishan was on 12 September. I shot this photo with my iPhone.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Great-billed herons courtship dance

Lucky me caught the courtship dance of a pair of great-billed herons at Sungei Buloh last Sunday. 
There were initially three herons in breeding plumage breeding (sliver streaked feathers on the lower neck, back and crest) but it was difficult to tell which of the three was the female since these herons have no plumage dimorphism.
The first heron started a display and the other fly in from across the rock island and they began a courtship dance, which was very interesting to watch. Another thing that I noticed was the growling sounds that the pair were making. Although we were very far from the pair we could hear them vocalizing as they danced.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The rarest of the three large herons of Singapore

Took me many trips to one of the few natural coastal sections of Singapore to finally catch a glimpse of this lone critically endangered heron.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kopitiam that time forgot

Find this old school coffeeshop wasn't easy but I eventually did and it was like stepping back in time. Heap Seng Leong is under a block of old HDB block along North Bridge Road. It's reminiscent to another kopitiam that I used to frequent in an old shop house along MacKenzie Road where the old SBS depot used to stand.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Kampong Lorong Buangkok

Finally, navigated my way to the last standing kampong on the main island of Singapore. Since it was a weekday, most of the houses in the kampong were shut.