Monday, November 30, 2015

Birdwatching in Dairy Farm Nature Park (November 29, 2015)

There was a sense of excitement after reading and seeing photos on various Facebook Bird Group Communities of the Asian Fairy-Bluebird and Blue and White Flycatcher being spotted at the Dairy Farm Nature Park for the past week because a Weeping fig tree (ficus benjamina) near the Wallace Education Centre was fruiting.

I finally found free time on 29 November to go down to see if i can spot this two birds. I have seen the Asian Fairy-Blue Bird before but not the Blue and White Flycatcher. I was unable to see the Asian Fairy-Blue Bird, as by the time i arrived, the fruits on the ficus tree was mostly gone, but neverthless it was a great trip to a place which i hardly go to and i still got to see many birds i don't often see including the Blue and White Flycatcher and the Red Crowned Barbet.

Another interesting sighting is the Little Spider Hunter with leg bands (bird rings) on both legs, likely part of NParks Bird Banding program for the study of birds and its conversation and the protection of its habitat. 

The birds i saw during my visit:
  • Blue and White Flycatcher 
  • Red Crowned Barbet 
  • Little Spider Hunter
  • Olive-Winged Bulbul
  • Cream-Vented Bulbul  
  • Red-Eyed Bulbul
  • Blue-Throated Bee Eater
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher
  • Crimson Sunbird
  • Warbler (not sure which)
  • Mugimaki Flycatcher (female)


Blue and White Flycatcher in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Blue and White Flycatcher

Blue and White Flycatcher in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Blue and White Flycatcher
 
Red Crowned Barbet in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Red Crowned Barbet 

Red Crowned Barbet in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Red Crowned Barbet 

Little Spider Hunter in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Little Spider Hunter with leg band

Olive Winged Bulbul in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Olive Winged Bulbul 

Olive Winged Bulbul in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Olive Winged Bulbul 

Cream Vented Bulbul in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Cream Vented Bulbul 

Cream Vented Bulbul in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Cream Vented Bulbul

Red-Eyed Bulbul in Dairy Farm Nature Park
Red-Eyed Bulbul

Blue Throated

Asian Brown Flycatcher 

Crimson Sunbird in Dairy Farm Nature Park
Crimson Sunbird 

Warbler

Mugimaki Flycatcher in Dairy Farm Nature Park
Mugimaki Flycatcher

Mugimaki Flycatcher in Dairy Farm Nature Park
Mugimaki Flycatcher


Common Mormon




Monday, November 16, 2015

Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2015)

November is another great start to birdwatching personally for me as i got to see the Ruddy Kingfisher, the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and the Ferruginous Flycatcher all within a week were exciting sightings to see from the growing list of more migratory birds in Bidadari. The cream on top of the cake was the sighting and capturing on my camera a picture of a Chinese Sparrow hawk feeding. The birds i sighted on November 7 and 9 combined:
  1. Ruddy Kingfisher
  2. Black-backed Kingfisher (Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher)
  3. Chinese Sparrow Hawk 
  4. Ferruginous Flycatcher
  5. Dark-sided Flycatcher
  6. Asian Brown Flycatcher
  7. Brown Shrike
  8. Black Baza
Ruddy Kingfisher in Bidadari
Ruddy Kingfisher

Ruddy Kingfisher in Bidadari
Ruddy Kingfisher


Black-backed Kingfisher (Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher) in Bidadari
Black-backed Kingfisher (Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher)


Black-backed Kingfisher (Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher) in Bidadari
Black-backed Kingfisher (Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher)

Chinese Sparrow Hawk in Bidadari
Chinese Sparrow Hawk 

Chinese Sparrow Hawk in Bidadari
Chinese Sparrow Hawk 

Ferruginous Flycatcher

Ferruginous Flycatcher

Dark-sided Flycatcher in Bidadari
Dark-sided Flycatcher


Asian Brown Flycatcher


Brown Shrike in Bidadari
Brown Shrike

Brown Shrike in Bidadari
Brown Shrike


Black Baza in Bidadari
Black Baza

Black Baza in Bidadari
Black Baza


See also previous post on Bidadari :
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 31,2015), posted on November 12, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 11,2015), posted on October 17, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (Javan Munia) May 2015, posted on May, 24, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (February 2015), posted on March 06, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (January 18, 2015), posted on January 21, 2015
Birdwatching before New Year 2015, posted on on January 01, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Raptors spotted (December, 2014), posted on December 26, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Local Residents (December, 2014), posted on December 16, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Blue-winged Pitta (December, 2014), posted on December 14, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2014), posted on November 9, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Jambu Fruit Dove ( December 6 ), posted on December 6, 2013
Birdwatching in Bidadari ( November 3, 2013), posted on November 3, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Muslim Cemetery), posted on October 17, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Alkaff Gardens and Lake), posted on October 8, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Birdwatching), posted on October 14, 2013
Bidadari (17 December), posted on December 18, 2012
Saving Bidadari, posted on December 5, 2012
Bidadari (7 December), posted on December 9, 2012
Bidadari (18 November), posted on November 18, 2012



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 31, 2015)

The last day of October brought me great joy with the sightings of more migratory birds in Bidadari. With the time winding down in Bidadari before the hoardings go up for its development as a public housing area, you can sense the urgency as well from the bird photography and the birders community. The birds i sighted today:
  1. Siberian Blue Robin
  2. Blue-winged Pitta
  3. Brown-chested Flycatcher
  4. Asian Brown Flycatcher
  5. White Rumped Sharma
  6. Tiger Shrike
  7. Crow-billed Drongo
  8. White throated Kingfisher
Siberian Blue Robin in Bidadari
Siberian Blue Robin

Siberian Blue Robin in Bidadari
Siberian Blue Robin

Blue-winged Pitta in Bidadari
Blue-winged Pitta 

Brown-chested Flycatcher in Bidadari
Brown-chested Flycatcher


Brown-chested Flycatcher in Bidadari
Brown-chested Flycatcher


Asian Brown Flycatcher in Bidadari
Asian Brown Flycatcher


White-rumped Sharma

Tiger Shrike in Bidadari
Tiger Shrike

Crow billed Drongo
Crow billed Drongo

White throated Kingfisher

See also previous post on Bidadari :
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 11,2015), posted on October 17, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (Javan Munia) May 2015, posted on May, 24, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (February 2015), posted on March 06, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (January 18, 2015), posted on January 21, 2015
Birdwatching before New Year 2015, posted on on January 01, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Raptors spotted (December, 2014), posted on December 26, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Local Residents (December, 2014), posted on December 16, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Blue-winged Pitta (December, 2014), posted on December 14, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2014), posted on November 9, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Jambu Fruit Dove ( December 6 ), posted on December 6, 2013
Birdwatching in Bidadari ( November 3, 2013), posted on November 3, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Muslim Cemetery), posted on October 17, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Alkaff Gardens and Lake), posted on October 8, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Birdwatching), posted on October 14, 2013
Bidadari (17 December), posted on December 18, 2012
Saving Bidadari, posted on December 5, 2012
Bidadari (7 December), posted on December 9, 2012
Bidadari (18 November), posted on November 18, 2012

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tan Hap Seng (Bukit Brown)

The mystery of when Tan Hap Seng died and where he was buried was literally uncovered with discovery of Tan Hap Seng's tomb in Bukit Brown by Raymond Goh in November 2015.
Tan Hap Seng in Bukit Brown
Tan Hap Seng/ Tan Hup Seng
(source: NewspaperSG)
Tan Hap Seng (25th July 1868- 24th March 1934) is the son of Mr. Tan Kim Tian who came from Malacca to Singapore at the age of 15. Tan Kim Tian founded Tan Kim Tian and Son Steamship Company at No 1 Prince Street, the first local Chinese company that build and purchase steamships. It started with three sailing vessels and two small steamers, and at its pinnacle was said to have owned 11 ships with a tonnage of over 80,000 tons and also 3 large modern steamships.Tan Kim Tian and Sons was one of the most prosperous shipping firms in Singapore. Tan Kim Tian passed away on December 18, 1882. His son, Tan Beng Wan carried on as managing director until he died in 1891 on Christmas Day at the age of 40 at his residence in Botan House, Neil Road. 

After Tan Beng Wan passed away, the company was managed by Tan Hap Seng  (Managing Director) together with his brothers Tan Hap Leong and Tan Hap Swee.  
(source: NewspaperSG)

Committees 

Tan Hap Seng  was involved in many committees and was a Straits Chinese pioneer in the educational and social reform developments in Colonial Singapore.
  • Committee Member of the Straits British Chinese Association, 
  • President of the Straits Chinese Recreational Club, 
  • Committee Member for Tan Tock Seng Hospital for 12 years until he resigned in 1906, 
  • Committee member of the Po Leung Kuk (Society of the Protection of Women and Children) in 1895
  • St. Joseph's Institution Building Fund (1903)
Tan Hap Seng, Tan Jiak Kim and Tan Boo Liat were Chinese Trustee of the Anglo-Chinese School up to 1896, but resigned as the felt that the schools were preaching Christianity in this school. 

Riches to Rags

Under Tan Hap Seng's stewardship, he together with his brothers Tan Hap Leong and Tan Hap Swee decided to join forces with T.C Boogardt, a shipowner and they formed a private company called Tan Kim Tian and Co. In 1903, the company went into voluntary liquidation. The company and its ships was eventually bought over by its biggest lender, Oei Tiong Ham in 1905. 

Taking many risk and unprepared for the commercial world, Tan Hap Seng was first made a bankrupt at the age of 38 and remained a bankrupt for 21 years during which he work as a chinchew (camprador) on a boat. He was finally discharged  as a bankrupt at the age of 60 in 1927. His brothers ( Tan Hap Leong and Tan Hap Swee) were discharged much earlier in 1906 & 1907.

Source: NewspaperSG
Death
Tan Hap Seng passed away at the age of 66 years old on 24th March 1934 and is buried in Bukit Brown, Hill 3 Divison C plot 199. On his tomb, listed are 5 sons , 4 (?) daughters and many grandchildren. If you know how to translate the Chinese characters, do let me know.




Tan Hap Seng in Bukit Brown
Tan Hap Seng 


References

Tan Kim Tian and family (Bukit Brown).Rojak Librarian, published on March 1, 2014
Tan Hap Leong. (Bukit Brown). Rojak Librarian, published on April 21, 2013
Untitled. (1895, June 8). The Singapore Free Press
Death. (1925, October 13). The Straits Times, page 8
Untitled. (1926, August 6). The Malayan Tribune, page 7
Wealthy Shipowner's brankruptcy.( 1927, March 5). The Singapore Free Press
Untitled. (1928, February 18). The Malayan Saturday Post, page 32
Lin, Lee Kip. The Singapore House. 1819-1942. Times Editions, 1988.
Song, Ong Siang. One hundred years' history of the Chinese in Singapore. Ed. Edwin Lee. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1984.

Birdwatching in Bukit Brown (November, 2015)

My last birdwatching trip to Bukit Brown was back in June and it was not a fantastic outing. The only major sighting that i saw and got a picture was of the Red-eyed Bulbul. This time around, despite some tombstones distraction, i got to see a few more especially the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Pin-Striped Tit-Babbler and finally the Changeable Hawk Eagle (pale morph). You often see flocks of starlings in Bukit Brown. While scanning the flock that was perched on a tree, i caught glimpse of the Daurian Starling.
Asian Paradise Flycatcher in Bukit Brown
Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Pin-Striped Tit-Babbler

Greater racket-tailed Drongo

Asian Paradise Flycatcher in Bukit Brown
Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Daurian Starling in Bukit Brown
Daurian Starling

Changeable Hawk (pale morph) in Bukit Brown
Changeable Hawk 

Changeable Hawk (pale morph) in Bukit Brown
Changeable Hawk (pale morph)
Bukit Brown is not just a cemetery full of history and rich in stories on Singapore's Pioneers. It is a cemetery space that since it closure in 1973 transformed and evolved itself into a magical space with nature making a strong comeback and the bird and wildlife calling Bukit Brown its home.

With the 8 lane highway under construction and noise generated from the traffic flowing through the roads eventually, i hope the nature in place can continue to adapt to the environment damages and changes that is already taking place.  

long tailed macaque in Bukit Brown
Long tailed macaque among the tombs