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Kranji Marshes – A Freshwater Marshland

The Kranji Marshes, Singapore’s largest freshwater marshland was recently declared opened to the public on 1st February 2016. With a size of 56.8 hectares, the Kranji Marshes is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, with more than 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies making Kranji Marshes their home. For a small country like Singapore, we have green and nature areas, such as the newly opened Kranji Marshes, that the locals and international visitors can get away from the hectic city life to visit and enjoy the lush greenery, peace, quietness and tranquility!

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There are two areas inside the Kranji Marshes, the public area and a restricted area that is accessible through guided tours. The restricted area is the core conservation area and this would allow this ecologically sensitive site to grow back the vegetation and the wildlife to come back there.

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Map of Kranji Marshes (Source: NParks website)

I remembered walking along Neo Tiew Lane 2 a few years ago, visiting Kranji Marshes when it wasn’t developed at all, I was there to look for the Blue-Eared Kingfisher that resides in the Kranji Marshes (I did not manage to find it though). While there were some physical changes, with the addition of the raptor tower and bird hides at the public access area, most of the Kranji Marshes remained untouched and not spoilt by the structural developments to convert Kranji Marshes into a beautiful nature park, Singapore’s largest freshwater marshland.

When you are walking in from the park entrance towards the Marsh Station, the Neo Tiew Woods is on your right, keep a lookout at the tall trees and greenery and you spot some wildlife high up in the trees!

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The Kranji Marshes is a beautiful destination, lush greenery, quiet and peaceful, accompanied by the sounds of many different species of birds residing/visiting Kranji Marshes. During my recent two trips to Kranji Marshes after her official opening, I was able to spot and photograph a small number of different species of birds residing/visiting Kranji Marshes, do take a look at my Kranji Marshes (Avian) collection here on Flickr! With over 170 species of birds recorded at Kranji Marshes, I hope that I am able to photograph each different species of over 170 birds recorded at Kranji Marshes into my Flickr collection.

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The Raptor Tower is ideal to catch the sunrise across Kranji Reservoir, it also gives a bird’s eye panoramic view of the Kranji Reservoir and the Kranji Marshes. At the top of the Raptor Tower, you might be on the same eye level with the birds on the trees nearby the tower! There are two bird hides there, the Moorhen Blind and Swamphen Hide. They are great to sit down, wait, observe and look out for the different species of birds that visit the marshland.

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If you love the outdoors, nature and wildlife, Kranji Marshes is a very nice destination to visit. Bird photographers would love the Kranji Marshes, they would be able to photograph the bird species that visit/reside in Kranji Marshes. I might go back again to document/photograph more bird/wildlife species at Kranji Marshes before the end of the migratory season in March 2016.

Key Information for visitors to Kranji Marshes

Location

Kranji Gate

11 Neo Tiew Lane 2

Singapore 718814

Opening Hours

7am to 7pm daily

 Tel: 67941401
Fax: 67937271
Email: nparks_sbwr@nparks.gov.sg

More information can be found here on the NParks website.


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Photography Outing to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

I had not visited Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for many years, I wasn’t even able to recall when was the last time I visited Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Therefore, I wanted to visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve again for bird photography action since the bird migration season started and it would be great to visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

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I asked Weng Seng and Jensen, two great photography friends from our Hokkaido Photography trip in November 2014, to arrange a photography outing to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. They agreed and we fixed a Saturday morning to visit, Weng Seng invited his colleague Darren and his wife Teronne along too. Therefore, we had a pretty nice and small group for a bird photography outing at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve!

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We started there early in the morning, the weather was good and we can see the blue sky for once! It was free and easy, slow walk around the loop of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, stopping to photograph the various species of birds that were present, feeding or resting at Sungei Buloh. It wasn’t just bird photography, we were like on a science and nature outing! In between our bird photography, we spotted other wildlife such as crabs, mudskippers, crocodile, monitor lizard and monkey!

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With my experiences in nature/wildlife photography, I was able to spot the various birds faster and I would inform my fellow photographer friends on the type of bird species and location. We would then concentrate to photograph the particular bird in action. It was definitely great to share and help fellow photographer friends while shooing together at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

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I would love to visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve again, probably in December and on a Saturday when there is low tide in the morning whereby I can spot the shore birds in action. A photography outing in the outdoors, away from the hustle and bustle of the city rat race. This form of photography is fun and therapeutic for my mind and soul, to rejuvenate and recharge.

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I felt great to kickstart my bird photography exploration along with the migration season. That’s something for me to look forward to, the avenue to get away from work, stress and pressure, to be in the outdoors, enjoy the greenery and fresh air!


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Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition

At Gardens By The Bay, the City in a Garden, located in the heart of the Marina Bay region, it has been gaining prominence and publicity, with many visitors, both local and international, coming down to visit Gardens By The Bay. The visitors were able o enjoy the greenery and sceneries, a park/garden to rest and relax away from the city life. Over a short period of 1 year since her official opening on 28th June 2012, Gardens By The Bay is developing into park/garden that attracts wildlife to the area. In my recent adventure to explore and photograph the birds that can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay, I was amazed of the diversity and number of bird species spotted at Gardens By The Bay! My bird photography adventure will still continue with the migration season coming soon and we can expect to spot more migration birds en-route to different continents and stopping over in Singapore at various locations.

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Have you ever wondered what kind of wildlife can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay? There is a bio-diversity of many different birds, butterflies and dragonflies that can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay! The Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition that is currently ongoing at The Colonnade at Gardens By The Bay (where the SuperTrees Grove is located) and visitors can have a greater understanding and knowledge of the diversity of the various birds, butterflies and dragonflies that can be discovered at Gardens By The Bay that were captured by a group of nature photographers. You will be amazed by the bio-diversity present at Gardens By The Bay and if you loved bird photography or macro photography, bring your camera gear out and head towards Gardens By The Bay!

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I submitted a few bird photographs taken at Gardens By The Bay and two of my photographs were selected for the Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition! This was indeed a great honour and achievement for my photography portfolio! My fourth time (at this point in time) that my photographs were selected for photography exhibitions and my second time (at this point in time) that I contributed to a photography exhibition at Gardens By The Bay (my first time was for Gardens By The Bay Official Opening titled “Where Wonder Blooms”). Here’s my photography collection on Gardens By The Bay and the birds at Gardens By The Bay!

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When you are visiting Gardens By The Bay, do drop by the Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition and spot my two photographs that were showcased!

Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition Information

Location: The Colonnade (Map Link)

Admission: Free

Dates: 1st August 2013 to 31st October 2013

Do check out Gardens By The Bay website for their Calendar of Events for more upcoming exciting activities and events!

Beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher

The Blue-Eared Kingfisher, a small kingfisher just 17cm in size. It has a very beautiful deep-blue and orange plumage on the body and I always wanted to photograph this beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher. When I got news from Facebook Groups that the Blue-Eared Kingfisher reappeared at Hindhede Nature Park (Hindhede Quarry) part of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, I decided to go down and wait for this beautiful kingfisher to appear and photograph this special bird. My first trip was on a morning and after waiting patiently with a few other photographers, the Blue-Eared Kingfisher decided not to make an appearance. I went down again in the later afternoon/evening on another Saturday, at around 515pm. The beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher flew and perched gracefully for me and 2 other photographers at Hindhede Nature Park lookout point. I quickly took a few photographs of this beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher and I was very happy to get a nice photograph of this kingfisher.

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I would continue to explore different areas in Singapore, to photograph and document the bird species living in the different areas. This would take a certain period of time and this is where I can contribute towards bird/wildlife photography, bird census, documentation and nature conservation in my own personal capacity. While Singapore has a “concrete jungle” reputation, she is still a Garden in the City and has rich nature reserves that are home to beautiful birds like the Blue-Eared Kingfisher. There are many green outdoors areas for you to explore and I encourage you all to go and explore our nature reserves in Singapore! Do check out my Wildlife/Animal Photography collection on Flickr and Avian set on 500px!

Outdoor and Bird Photography Adventure @ Satay By The Bay

The Gardens By The Bay South, Singapore’s latest iconic landmark and destination, attracted many local and international visitors. It was officially opened on 28/06/2012 and I was there to be part of the official opening event.  Prior to that, I was also given the opportunity to visit and photograph parts of the Gardens By The Bay South when she was in the final phase of her construction and one of my photographs was selected for the official opening and roving photography exhibition around Singapore.

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I had been back there a few times and it was great to see the second phase of the Gardens By The Bay South completion finishing soon, making the connectivity to Marina Barrage and Gardens By The Bay East fully connected. Take a look at the map of Gardens By The Bay South here; you can see that there is a lake called the Kingfisher Lake and the eating area known as Satay By The Bay. The Kingfisher lake area is nearing completion while Satay By The Bay is already opened and receiving visitors to their food haven.

This area recently became a new and popular spot for birding photographers, partly due to the arrival of a single female Daurian Redstart that is neither a resident bird nor a migrant bird into Singapore. This is a first time that the Daurian Redstart is being sighted and reported in Singapore! It’s pretty amazing that a bird that is native to temperate countries such as Taiwan and Japan flew down to Singapore and chose to reside at Gardens By The Bay South, right in the area of Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake area.  The Daurian Redstart was a “star attraction” and attracted a number of bird photographers flocking down to Satay By The Bay to photograph her presence in Singapore. The number of photographs and mentions about this star attraction bird and her location helped to rally more bird photographers down to Gardens By The Bay area for bird photography. Thus, this made Gardens By The Bay a new place for bird photographers in Singapore.

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Besides this special star bird, the Daurian Redstart, there were other bird species spotted in the area of Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake. Some of the bird species spotted are –

  • Whistling Duck
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • Yellow Bittern
  • White-Breasted Waterhen and her young chicks
  • Olive-Backed Sunbird
  • Pink-Necked Green Pigeon
  • Black-Headed Munia
  • Brahminy Kite (it’s the unofficial resident bird of Marina Bay, quite easily spotted flying above the Bay area)

Considering that Gardens By The Bay South was first and foremost never a natural land/nature park area, the Marina South area whereby the Gardens By The Bay is located is built on reclaimed land. She received her fair share of both praises and criticisms. Personally, I would like to give credit where it is due and highlight that Gardens By The Bay South had transformed into a new nature sector with her trees, flora and fauna, thus attracting different bird species to reside in the area. While the numbers may not be many and plentiful yet, the arrival of different bird species is a testimonial to how an artificial location can be transformed and attracts wildlife (different species of birds into the area).

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I would love to go back again and photograph the area around Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake, hoping to discover more bird species residing around Gardens By The Bay South and Gardens By The Bay East. Some raptors in the sky above Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay area had been spotted and photographed, I would love to capture them in action and share which of the raptors were there in flying action.

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Besides being a great place for photography (wildlife, landscape), it’s a great place to relax by the Marina Bay, enjoying the breeze, peace and tranquility. It’s definitely an ideal venue for running, walking, picnic and family activities time there.  I like to hang out by the water body with the trees, flora and fauna around it such as Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay. The Marina Bay area does have her leisure and outdoor recreational sectors that complements the business, offices and retail sectors, with the Gardens By The Bay South.

Do check out Marina Bay Singapore and Gardens By The Bay for more information and updates!


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Outdoor and Birding Photography Adventure @ Sungei Ulu Pandan

The Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector Network is part of the wider networks of Park Connectors Network managed by National Parks (NParks) Singapore. Our Park Connector Networks is a great idea for people to be able to access to the outdoors for leisure and recreational activities. Some of the Park Connector networks connects the green belt to the community, allowing them to enjoy the outdoors and wildlife spotting.

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This particular network, the Sungei Ulu Pandan segment, is one of my favourite areas due to its proximity to my home (not too far away), it’s part of my childhood growing up years since my former Primary School is just around the corner nearby there and lastly, it’s part of the Old Jurong Line/Green Corridor network that I personally took a strong interest and support in. It’s not just for walking, running and cycling along the Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector, it’s great for wildlife photography too!

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I had been there quite a number of  times and slowly exploring the various areas along the Sungei Ulu Pandan, Clementi Woodlands, Community Farm at Clementi and Old Jurong Line (from the Sunset Way pedestrian bridge, heading towards Sunset Way Railway Bridge and heading towards the Ayer Rajah Expressway whereby another smaller Old Railway Bridge of the Old Jurong Line is (the river forms a Y-shaped there before heading towards Pandan Reservoir direction. Here’s a handy map by NParks for your reference! If you love to capture sunsets, walking down along Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector does give you the opportunity for a beautiful sunset! Take a leisure stroll and enjoy the quiet time and tranquility of the Green Corridor surroundings.

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Here are some of the birds and wildlife spotted along Sungei Ulu Pandan, Clementi Woodlands and Old Jurong Line

– Egret family

– Grey Heron

– Purple Heron

– Striated Heron

Brahminy Kite

– Common Kingfisher

– White-Throated Kingfisher

– Collared Kingfisher

– Long-Tailed Parakeet

– Water-Breasted Waterhen

– Slaty-Breasted Rail

– Oriental Dollar bird

– Black-Naped Oriole

– Malayan Monitor Lizard

There are definitely more species of birds and wildlife that I have yet to spot and photograph them! Hopefully, as time goes by, I would be able to fill up more photographs of the bird sightings at Sungei Ulu Pandan in my Flickr collection! Do check out my Clementi Railway Track collection and my adventure when a few of us trekked from Teban Gardens to Sunset Way!

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The photographs and adventures brought back many memories, from trekking along the Old Jurong Line and the Green Corridor that were part of the Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector Network, documenting and photographing memories of history, heritage, community and culture. Adding in the wildlife, leisure and recreational memories here sums it up the importance of such places in Singapore!


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