31 October 2013

Bukit Brown is home to some 90 species of resident and migrant birds. These photos by Goh Yew Lin, capture  some of the birds feeding in the early morning. The “wild fruits” are the ripe figs of Ficus benjamina (Waringin, Weeping Fig). This strangling Ficus species is one of keystone tree species in Bukit Brown. Whenever these trees are figging, the birds go gaga over the fruit feast.

The Pigeons

Green pigeon with fruit Goh Yew Lin

Green pigeon feeding (photot Goh Yew Lin)

pigeon amidst a feast of wild fruit Goh Yew Lin

Green pigeon amidst a feast of wild fruit (photo Goh Yew Lin)

pigeon in flight Goh Yew Lin

Pigeon in flight (photo Goh Yew Lin)

pigeons a Hiding amidst a feast of wild fruit Goh Yew Lin

Pigeon hiding amidst the fruits (photo Goh Yew Lin)

Pink-necked green pigeon (female)  Goh Yew Lin

Pink-necked green pigeon (female) (photo Goh Yew Lin)

Pink-necked green pigeon (male)  Goh Yew Lin

Pink-necked green pigeon (male) (photo Goh Yew Lin)

Pink-necked green pigeon feeding Goh Yew Lin

Pink-necked green pigeon feeding (photo Goh Yew Lin)

The Kingfisher

This kingfisher was not perturbed by my presence, striking poses for a good five minutes. Goh Yew Lin

“This kingfisher was not perturbed by my presence, striking poses for a good five minutes” Goh Yew Lin

White-throated kingfisher, partly camouflaged Goh Yew Lin

White-throated kingfisher, partly camouflaged (photo Goh Yew Lin)

The Oriole

Golden Oriole Goh Yew Lin

Golden Oriole (photo Goh Yew Lin)

The Starling

Asian glossy starling  feedling Goh Yew Lin

Morning Vistas

Morning in Bukit Brown Goh Yew Lin

Canopy Goh Yew Lin

Jun
19
0

Python Sighting

Spotted  on the 16th June Sunday Heritage Tour by brownie Steven Toong, in Hill 4, a beautiful  python.

(photo by Steven Toong)

 

 

 

Jun
12
1

Save the Dogs!

Puppy at Bukit Brown (Photo: Rosalind Tan)

 

(Photo: Save Our Street Dogs SOSD)

 

On behalf of these sentient creatures, we reproduce this eye-witness account and plea for the lives of the wild dogs of Bukit Brown:

 

“I cannot believe what just happened. We are here at Bukit Brown, assessing the situation before we start sterilization ops.As I followed the sound of barking into the woods, I suddenly hear weak whining. There, between my feet, is a trembling puppy, painfully skinny, covered in ants and dirt. Her teeth shows she is abt 4-6wks old, but she is the size of a peanut.

She had left her pack, maybe in search of food, maybe in search of a better life.. Or maybe she was just lost.

The poor dogs in bukit brown are all painfully thin. This girl ate up all the kibbles we gave her. Maybe it was good karma in her previous life, but she will never have to suffer the daily pain and agony which her pack has suffered; the painful hunger of never having enough to eat, or the terrible life of being witch hunted everyday of her existence.”

~ Dr Siew Tuck Wah

A complaint by a cyclist (http://goo.gl/WMFg5) who was chased by a pack of stray dogs means that the dogs there are the next on the chopping board. Singapore’s insatiable appetite for culling animals will claim these lives next. “I would like to see the authorities round up the dogs. You can’t just let wild dogs run around terrorising people, so the AVA should try to catch them.” Again, these are innocent dogs who made the mistake of trying to protect what they think is their territory by chasing a cyclist. And by doing that, slapped a death warrant over their heads. Is it fair? We do not think so.
Editor’s note:
All Things Bukit Brown volunteers have this to say: We have guided at Bukit Brown, through the kampung where there are a pack of dogs. Show them respect by giving them a wide berth and not threaten their habitat, and they leave you alone. They bark loudly to defend their turf. We also move in groups, our pack in their eyes, and they give us a wide berth. We have not had any incident guiding there even among the dogs. There was once 14 of us were lost in Lau Sua due to a fallen tree diverting our descend. It was then that the dogs nearby sensed our distress and starting barking to guide us out. As we followed their barking to climb out of the thick undergrowth, we saw them lined up in a row down the hill to show us the path. We believe they knew we needed help and helped us out. They kept their distance once we were safely out.
No doubt the cyclist had a nasty experience by his account but others have had pleasant ones. This is our account, and a plea to try to respect their way of life, and keep them and us safe too.
Conservation is not done in bits and pieces. We must take the whole. The dogs have been there a long time, and their parents before them. They are part of the whole. Spaying them may be a good solution. Culling isn’t.
Mar
3
2

Sighted!

Clouded monitor lizard (possibly Varanus bengalensis nebulosus) on tembusu tree, Bukit Brown. Spotted by Lai Chee Kien with the help of Angie Ng.

Monitor lizard (Photo: Lai Chee Kien)

 

Strike a pose!

 

Close-up: Clouded monitor lizard (Photo: Lisa Ridings)

Nov
10
1

Reptile Sightings

 

cobra? (Photo- Raymond Goh)

 

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Can City Cemeteries be Nature Reserves? BBC reports.

Aug
28
0

Butterflies at BB

Snap shots of  butterflies at Bukit Brown courtesy of Victor Yue and EiLeen Ong. There is a   Chinese belief that  butterflies at cemetery are signs  ancestors are around and happy for the company.

More information on butterflies spotted in Singapore can be found by joining this  group Butterflies of Singapore and Malaysia

 

Black-veined Tiger, uncommon in Singapore(photo Victor Yue)

 

common mormon, mimic of common rose (photo Eileen Ong)

 

Common Birdwing (photo EiLeen Ong)

 

 

Aug
26
1

Bird Watching at BB

On Sunday 26 August, Nature Society of Singapore led a bird watching walk through Bukit Brown. Thanks to Cuifen, NSS member for compiling this album on highlights from the wal kwith additional photos from her fellow bird watcher, Leng Leng.  Enjoy!

 

They came armed with ‘scopes and binos, cameras and the naked eye (photo Cuifen)

 

View into a scope. Lesser coucal spreading its wings, and sunbathing in the waterlogged fern area. The bird looks much clearer & closer when viewing directly into the scope (photo Cuifen)

 

Laced woodpecker sitting on a ‘nest’ of African tulip flowers. Photo taken by fellow bird watcher, Leng Leng.

 

Can you spot the baby monitor lizard? (photo Cuifen)

 

A starburst orchid. A rare sight! Photo taken by fellow bird watcher, Leng Leng.

 

With the Hungry Ghost festival on, maybe some pickings for the birds, after the “ghosts” have feasted of course (photo Cuifen)

 

Mornings are family strolls with the dog as well (photo Cuifen)

 

(photo Cuifen)

 

Collared Kingfisher. Photo taken by fellow bird watcher, Leng Leng

 

RELATED POSTS:

Don’t miss this video of a nightjar and its nestling! Here’s one of woodpeckers.

Birds, Flowers and More – this shows you not only the real birds and flowers but the tomb decorations depicting birds and flowers

Here’s a look at a pangolin

 

FOR PREVIOUS NSS WALKS:

A Nature Ramble – this helps identify some plants at Bukit Brown

Beyond Grave Matters – this is a beautifully written commentary and event report by Rosalind Tan, whose ancestors lie at Bukit Brown

 

 

 

 

 

May
16
0

Birds Galore at Qing Ming

Photo essay by Suki Singh

Kingfisher (Photo: Suki Singh)

 

A staring incident…?

 

Birds at Qing Ming (Photo: Suki Singh)

 

Might be more than he can chew….

 

Birds at Qing Ming (Photo: Suki Singh)

 

This looks like a good place to nest, this pigeon seems to think …

 

Birds at Qing Ming (Photo: Suki Singh)

 

Not so fast, says the mynah.

 

Birds at Qing Ming (Photo: Suki Singh)

 

The glossy starlings move in too….

 

Birds at Qing Ming (Photo: Suki Singh)

 

The glossy starling gets argumentative with the mynahs.

 

Birds at Qing Ming (Photo: Suki Singh)

 

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Suki is an avid photographer and the honorary Sikh guard among the volunteers of Bukit Brown, affectionately known as Brownies.

Suki and Shetland pony (photo: Claire Leow)

The Grey Headed Fish Eagle

Dateline 2 May 2012 at Bukit Brown.

This magnificent creature was “captured” this morning by Georgina Chin the accidental photographer. She writes of the moment:

” He was brave and stood on a perch like forever and didn’t move. I sat and just watched him. He was soaked . I was soaked. I call him white socks.”

About Georgina:

She is the photographer and writer of the book “Birds in my Backyard.” Bukit Brown is literally her backyard as she lives off Lornie Road. Georgina started birdwatching in 2009.

Georgina Chin - The Accidental Photographer (photo Catherine Lim)

Photos by Suki Singh

These are the real angry birds of Bukit Brown! And why are they so fierce-looking? Scroll down to see the chick they were protecting!

 

Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo (photo: Suki Singh)

 

Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo (photo: Suki Singh)

 

And this is their treasure…..

 

Chick of Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo (photo: Suki Singh)

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Previously spotted:

The Little Sparrow (photo Suki Singh)

 

Sparrow (photo: Suki Singh)

 

Merbok (photo: Suki Singh)

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Suki Singh (photo: Claire Leow)

Suki is the honorary Sikh guard of Bukit Brown, and an avid photographer. He knows the grounds very well after decades patrolling it as a policeman. He specialises in night tours every full moon.

 

 

 

 

 

So come join us for walks and tours in Bukit Brown! Here are some reports:

A Memorable Tour

Nature Society Commentary

Blog on Owls of Bukit Brown

A Nature Ramble

Birds, Flowers & More

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