Friday, 23 April 2010

Little Orange Moth

When my mother was walking me back from
school, (I had Oral Exam ) I spotted this small
little moth. So we rushed back and once I came
to the same spot where it was, (with cam) I
was shooting away.

Closer shot.

I really do not know what its ID is, so if someone
knows, please drop by a comment.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Botanics 17...Yipeee!

When I was at SBG on the 17th......
That day, my sis and my mum brought me
to SBG. While getting ready to start,( already
@ SBG ) this large moth came flying around.
It was soo lovely, that I thought it was a butterfly
at first.

I got that pic of it when it landed on one of the
wood sculptures in the vicinity. In the marsh
garden, it was really muddy. I got my pants soaked
with mud while trying to shoot this pointed line blue.
Walking around the swan lake, I do not know
how, but I spotted this spider. It was quite
colourful, and I managed a head shot.
Then, near the dell lake, my mother pointed this
ashy tailorbird out while I was busy chasing waterhens.
He was on a low branch just above me. In his beak
was a worm, and he was knocking it against the branch,
to kill the worm.

Here he is, perching proudly after his meal.

When we neared the forested patch, one of S'pore's
most beautiful birds showed up. The white rumped
shama. I went to BTNR many times to find him,
and there he was. This pic shows the white rump.

With bright orange underparts, glossy mantle
and wings, and the super long tail, the shama
steals the hearts of people who see it.( Him )
The tail is so long that I cannot show the whole
of it in the pic below.

It was a very successful day, but it began to look
darker... We were all parched so we headed for
the water cooler gazebo. From there we could see
a pair of collard kingfishers sitting on a coconut

Just when we were walking back to the entrance,
the calls of hill mynas caught our attention.
There were two in the tree, I managed to
get a shot of the lower one. This is the first time I
shot him nicely!

At the entrance, while my mother and sis waited
for a taxi, I snapped this shot.

Wow! I did rather well with bird photography
that day, and nailed some that I had never seen
before.... It was a wonderful day!
Please comment.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Not so good day @ BTNR

On the 10th of Apr, It was my sister's SCGS
Carnival!( for raising funds ) We went early in
the morning, to see her on shift. So sad it rained,
but only for a while. After like 4hrs of FUN FUN
FUN, my mother and I went to BTNR. The first
butterfly I saw was this Malay viscount, that landed
a little high up.

In the main track, there were a few of these common
fauns flying around. This one landed on the track to

Along the track, there were passion flowers scattered
along the leaf litter. They probably dropped from
their vine, on a tree higher up.
An interesting thing I saw, was two ants biting
something. They refused to let go even when
I shook the leaf. Notice the spines on the ants'
When I walked among the plants, lots of these
small moths flew up from under saplings. Here
is my shot.

Many archdukes zipped around, here is one of
them pudding amongst the leaf litter. This one
is a male.

The 'tell tale' diff between an archduke and a
black tipped archduke is the colour of the
antenna tips. An archduke's antenna tips are

Back at the same spot where I found it earlier,
the Malay viscount came lower for a better shot.
At Hindhede np, I found this beetle on some
flower buds.
Singing away, this shrike was sitting on a branch.
My mother spotted it. It was very tame and did
not fly off until we left.

The end, please comment.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Common mime part5 Out and about!

Yess! He eclosed!
In the morning, I could already see the butterfly
through the pupa, and was afraid it would eclose
when I am at Chinese tuition...... And he did!
My father snapped some shots for me.

At that time, he was drying his wings. Cute huh?
He was so still, that my father thought it was a plastic
model at first!
My mother was worried that if she waited till I
came back, it would fly off. So she came to pick me
and my sister up, and rushed us home. By the time
we got back, he was getting ready for maiden flight.

I couldn't get better shots coz he hopped into the air,
failing a few times, but in the end he flew off gracefully.
There is little I can do besides wishing my little friend
a successful future.
P.s.: I did not even see the eclosion. :(

Friday, 2 April 2010

Ubin with BC

Yesterday, I was out with my family and the other
Butterflycircle members. I was glad to see them, and
some of these pics would never have been this
good if they did not help. I went to Ubin for the first time,
so it was an exiting day. At butterfly hill, there were
many male blue pansys.

They were skittish, so I was lucky that this one landed
in front of me, and gave me 2 seconds to shoot
before it flew off. We also saw belimbing trees,
with flowers and fruits.

This jacintha eggfly was resting with curled proboscis,
probably full of belimbing nectar.

There were also many orange skippers darting
around, only this one was tame for me to shoot.

This logania marmorata damis was resting on a leaf,
I tried to get parallel to it. It did not move, as it had a
parasite on the head.( red dot )
At the spice garden, this gram blue finally landed
in front of me.

In the forest trail, I spotted this red grasshopper.

We all got our cameras ready when this olive backed
sunbird came to feed its young.

We also watched this common grass yellow for
a good 20 minutes, waiting for it to lay eggs.
Though I did not get any good shots, here is a burr
I do not have any other good records to share,
so let me just put this tame ( male ) lime butterfly
that I found around Changi.

Please comment.
Special thanks to:
Uncle Simon,
Uncle Chng,
Uncle Bobby,
Uncle Loke