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A Bird and Landscape Photography Exploration at Bidadari

The migratory bird season is here again in Singapore, with a number of migratory bird species spotted in various parts of Singapore in the month of October 2015. Bidadari Woodlands is a haven for migratory birds and there were a few of them making Bidadari Woodlands their home for their stay in Singapore to rest, recharge and refuel before continuing their flight down towards the Southern Hemisphere.

I haven’t visited Bidadari Woodlands for a period of time, visited once in the years 2013 and 2014, therefore, I decided to return back to Bidadari Woodlands to look for the migratory birds that were making headline news among the birding photography groups here in Singapore. Another key thing for me was to document and photograph more landscape scenes of Bidadari Woodlands with the Canon review camera, the Canon EOS 5DS DSLR.

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With the migratory bird location tips from fellow photographer David Tay, I knew where the Ruddy Kingfisher was “staying” in Bidadari Woodlands. When I reached there in the morning, there was a pretty big group of bird photographers photographing the beautiful Ruddy Kingfisher. While it was a bit crowded around the tree and shrubs, I managed to get some photographs of the Ruddy Kingfisher into my bird photography collection on Flickr, it’s another kingfisher ticked off my bird photography list! While it is not my best shot of this beautiful Ruddy Kingfisher, I hope to go back and photograph it again if I have the chance (and if they haven’t decide to fly off yet from Singapore!).

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After photographing the Ruddy Kingfisher, I decided to walk around Bidadari Woodlands, with the Canon EOS 5DS, photographing more landscape scenes of Bidadari Woodlands into my collection. While I was photographing the landscape shots, I was also on the lookout for the other birds residing/resting at Bidadari Woodlands. Sometimes, you can tell by a group of photographers together in a location waiting or photographing a bird. I was lucky that I was nearby to some smaller groups of photographers and when they spot some birds, the rest quickly move into position to photograph the birds in action. With that kind of assistance, I managed to photograph the Tiger Shrike and Brown Jungle Flycatcher!

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Personally, I was happy with my photography shoot on that morning at Bidadari Woodlands, I got a few bird photographs and the landscapes too. I hope to visit again if I have the chance. The beautiful and tranquil Bidadari Woodlands will be lost to re-development by the Government for public housing projects.

Soon, in the near future, the migratory birds have to find another location to stay in Singapore when they fly down away from the cold winter season. For us, Bidadari Woodlands will soon become another SG Memory, in our hearts, minds, eyes, archives, internet, social media and HDD.

For now, let’s continue to enjoy the greenery, tranquility and the birds residing at Bidadari Woodlands.


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Bidadari Woodlands

Bidadari Woodlands, a gorgeous, tranquil and peaceful green belt in Singapore. It is a former cemetery, one of the oldest in Singapore. The last burial at Bidadari Cemetery was in 1972, in the year 1996, the government announced future redevelopment plans for Bidadari, earmarked for future housing developments. In 2002, exhumation of the graves began and Bidadari transformed into a temporary park space in 2006. The future plans for Bidadari was recently announced around August 2013 inside the Draft Master Plan 2013 and the new housing estate development plans are in place in the years to come.

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Here are some useful links and information on Bidadari

Bidadari Cemetery on Wikipedia

Draft Master Plan 2013 ~ Bidadari Estate

National Heritage Board ~ Bidadari Memorial Garden

Housing Development Board ~ Weaving Through Bidadari – A Community in a Garden

Nature Society Singapore ~ NSS’s Position on Bidadari 

Facebook Group ~ Saving Bidadari for Birds and People

I visited Bidadari Woodlands a few times, exploring, photographing the beautiful green landscapes, observing and photographing the avian community, the local and migratory birds that make Bidadari Woodlands home or transit/rest point. Bidadari Woodlands has an extensive list of birds that were spotted there. It’s a haven for bird watchers and bird photographers especially during migration season when the birds fly into Singapore’s Bidadari Woodlands and rest there for a while before continuing on their migration journey. I went to Bidadari Woodlands for bird photography exploration a few times and I hope to photograph more of the birds before the Bidadari Woodlands is changed into a new housing estate.

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Recently, I joined a group morning hike with friends to explore Bidadari Woodlands together, starting from Bartley MRT station, towards Mt Vernon and hiking across the Bidadari Woodlands towards Woodleigh MRT station. During this trek, my emphasis was on the landscape and greenery, capturing and documenting as many different landscape scenes inside Bidadari Woodlands. I am planning to go back again a few more times, for both bird photography and more landscape photography. I just want to share the beautiful and lush green nature belt known as Bidadari Woodlands. Do check out my Flickr on the photographs that I took at Bidadari Woodlands!

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There are many different areas that Bidadari encompasses, history, heritage, culture, conservation, preservation nature and wildlife for you to explore and know more about Bidadari Woodlands. Do go and explore them!


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Old Romances & Old Places – Kick Off for 2013

My adventure in photographing, documenting and sharing about Old Places and lately Old Romances in Singapore, had always been a fruitful and exciting adventure for me. For my personal projects in the areas of Old Places and Old Romances, I produced a mixture of history, heritage, cultural, conservation, preservation, photographs and writing into my posts. With a mixture of current events and personal projects, I am a good mix of photography stories/adventures of past and present.

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After watching Old Romances at the National Museum of Singapore, it was a Rekindling of Old Romances inside me. There were still many Old Places and Old Business Trades for me to go out photograph and document in Singapore. It would be a balancing act for my photojournalism journey in 2013, between my personal projects in Old Romances, Old Business Trades and Old Places, along with current events coverage in sports, events and tourism. I am finally kicking off my Old Romances and Old Places photojournalism journey for the year 2013 and I would be sharing some areas that I would be looking into as my priorities.

Bukit Brown 

This year 2013, it would be the start of the exhumation of the affected graves at Bukit Brown for the upcoming building of the expressway cutting through Bukit Brown. I trekked and explored Bukit Brown with the Nature Society of Singapore on 24th December 2011, and with my relatives over 2 more times  to find my ancestors and pay respects to them. I had not written about my relatives visit to Bukit Brown and this would take on a more significant portion for year 2013 because three of my five ancestors (my maternal Great-Grandfather and two of my maternal Great-Grandmothers whom I never met before) are affected by the building of the expressway and they are slated for exhumation. I personally find it very challenging if the green light comes to me from my senior hierarchy of my maternal side of family to photograph and document the exhumation process. When the time comes, I would share my documentation stories and photographs with the blessings and permission of my relatives if they give me the permission to do so.

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Bidadari 

This is another former cemetery in Singapore, that was cleared sometime back. The plans would be a go-ahead to build HDB blocks in the area and the lush greenery that plays a birds haven to around 139 species of birds both local and migratory. There is a Facebook Group – Saving Bidadari for Birds and People, do check them out! While it is inevitable that the majority of the land at Bidadari would be used for HDB blocks, there is a chance that the lush greenery that housed the birds would have a different outcome since that area was planned to be a neighbourhood park. Nature Society of Singapore did a proposal for the conservation of Bidadari as a Nature Park, that would definitely benefit the preservation of the birds, a green space for the public to relax and enjoy. I am looking forward to visit Bidadari, enjoy the green lush space and do bird photography, along with writing and advocating the preservation of Bidadari as a Nature Park. Let’s see if civic groups and community engagements can make a difference to how we want Singapore to be like in the future, to strike a balance between growth, expansion and retaining our green space for wildlife, leisure and recreation.

Old Business Trades 

In the face of modernisation and capitalisation, many Old Business Trades in Singapore faced an uncertain future, they faced different issues such as the trade would not be able to pass on to the next generations at all since there were not any takers to do so. I was honoured that I was given permission and able to follow along with National Heritage Board (NHB) mini-projects to cover and document Old Business Trades. My first coverage of the Old Business Trades was my post on “The Art and Profession of Knife Sharpening“. Looking and moving ahead for 2013, I hope to be able to cover more of these Old Business Trades. Another segment that I covered was in the traditional arts performances such as Puppetry in Singapore and Bangsawan Performance.

Old Romances

After watching Old Romances, there was a connection between the love stories that the people kindly shared and what those Old Places, Old Trades and Cultures meant to them. From the different love stories shown, I had explored and photographed some of them, there were those that I didn’t know they were around in Singapore. I would look into this list and start to explore them in the year 2013, with fellow heritage buffs. We would all probably take turns to plan and lead heritage outing trips to the places shown in Old Romances.

Green Corridor 

The Green Corridor, also known as the Rail Corridor. An area that I was interested in, covering and photographing the KTM Railway before it was handed back to Singapore, the removal of the railway tracks and being transformed into a green corridor. While the future remains a question mark, I believe that with active and constant community engagements and dialogues with the relevant authorities. The Green Corridor/Rail Corridor would remain mostly a green corridor for all of us to enjoy, relax and stay active, exercising and healthy by cycling, trekking and running along the Green Corridor!

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Do stay tuned to my photographs collection on Flickr and 500px for my Old Places and Old Romances updates too!

500px ~ Old Places

Flickr ~ Old Places

Flickr ~ The Green Corridor

Finally, I got this write up off my chest and mind!! Now I can go ahead and kick off my Old Romances and Old Places 2013 documentary and photojournalism adventure for 2013!