Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Singapore Nature Trail Guides

National Parks (NParks) recently launched 3 more DIY nature walking trail guides of 3 locations in Singapore. They are as follows:
Fort Canning: A Guide to the Trees of The Fort
Changi Village: A Guide to Heritage Trees at Changi
Pulau Ubin: A Guide to Pulau Ubin Tree trail

Plenty of things to look out for especially heritage trees. So if nature is your cup of coffee/tea or if you are planning a shopping cum nature trip in Singapore, do print out one of the above brochures by NParks.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Butterflies of Singapore (Kranji Marshland)

Putting the book i bought recently to test- A field guide to the Butterflies of Singapore, this are some of the photos i took in Kranji Marshland and their identification.  Skippers (the last photo) gave me some difficulty in identification, but life is such..some effort must be put in !

Mottled Emigrant

Spotted Black Crow (Female)

Common Dartlet
Similiar post(s).
Sime Forest Butterflies.
Butterflies spotted in Simei.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Singapore-Malaysia KTM Tanjong Pagar land swap

Singapore-Malaysia agreed on May 24, 2010 to move the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) station at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to a centralised co-located one in Woodlands. Subsequent meetings between the two leaders, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak agreed on a land swop deal as well as joint development of the land parcels identified in the swop.
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

What has this deals got to do with nature? Plenty actually!

I read with interest the The Strait Times news dated 20 Sept 2010  that part of this co-operation includes cross-border eco-tourism plans  between Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on Singapore side with 3 Ramsar sites of Sungai Pulai, Pulau Kukup and Tanjung Piai at Johor. That i hope ends up as a viable and sustainable call for action to preserve large swats of coastal, marsh and mangrove land for migratory birds, the dugongs as well as the eco-system that sustains it.

Another is the railway land itself. It is said that the combined length of this railway land is estimated to be 40 km and taking up 80 hectares of land that starts from Tanjong Pagor, cuts across the fringes of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve before reaching Kranji and Woodlands.

Nature Society, Singapore is looking to build up a case and movement to preserve this railway land as a permanent green corridor similar to a nature park or a well connected park connector. This proposal is now available online.  (link launches a pdf).

I like the ideas drawn out and i do hope the relevant agencies are able to come together to come up with a win-win plan for all. After reading the report, i was pretty amazed by the number of places that is seemingly "preserved" as a result of the existing railway lands.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Kranji Marshland walk

After a day of almost continuous rain, it was a nice breezy morning in Kranji Marshland and excellent day for deciding to go for a walk there.

A couple of highlights today including spotting of a solitary female Asian Paradise flycatcher darting around mid level of an Albizia tree and a solitary Black shouldered Kite hovering over an open space, diving down then soaring to another spot to hover and repeating the behaviour over again.

Kite hovering

A raptor flew across us pretty low. I was not sure what it was but some of it markings look like a oriental honey buzzard. Heard many calls of raptors as well. This is a good indication waters around here are thriving with fish life that is able to support them(?). I also saw a number of illegal fishing happening around the reservoir as well. Hopefully authorities will step up in this area either through enforcement or more education

Spotted here:
  1. Asian Paradise Flycatcher (female)
  2. Asian Brown flycatcher
  3. Black Shouldered Kite
  4. Brahminy Kite
  5. White bellied sea eagle (adult and juvenile)
  6. Common flameback woodpecker (male)
  7. Laced woodpecker (female)
  8. Blue-tailed bee eater
  9. Cinnamon Bittern
  10. Black naped Tern
  11. White breasted Waterhen
After the Kranji Marshland, headed down to Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve just to get a quick glimpse of waders there today. The welcoming sight of the resident Scarlet backed flowerpeckers is always a welcoming sight. As i was running out of time and had another appointment for the day, the waders i manage to see included a flock of feeding Little Egrets, Whimbrels, Pacific Gollden Plovers, Mongolian Plovers, Marsh Sandpipers, Redshanks.....the usual suspects...Moral of the story, can't rush thru the waders or you will miss out the rare gems. At the cafeteria near the visitor center, a perched Common Kingfisher made it's appearanced.
Previous post on similar area.