22/03/19 Nature Photography Attempt @ Singapore Botanical Gardens

First time in botanic gardens with my primitive nature photography gear — iPhone plus a monocular mounted on the lens! I learnt how impatient and inexperienced I was woops :”) Enjoy these few relatively decent photos, all taken with phone camera only (the distance only allowed me to capture with my phone)! πŸ™‚ Many more photography excursions to come!

Pin-striped Tit-babbler playing hide-and-seek with me in a nearby tree.

Pin-striped tit-babbler (Macronus gularis, 13cm) is a quite ubiquitous babbler, so named for its pin-like brown streaks extending from neck to breast on its yellow underparts. Upperpart is olive-brown with a rufous crown. Some individuals have bluish-grey masks around their eyes, like the one I saw. It calls a monotonous “chonk” sound. This is my first encounter with this species, and I was pretty amazed with it being so up close!

A black-and-white speckled pigeon strutting in front of
National Orchid Garden.

Just a typical pigeon lol. A hybrid progeny of a white and a black pigeon probably. I tried to photograph it on a tree branch, and it patiently cooperated with me for a while. After some struggle, I gave up and took a picture of it on the ground instead.

A male common parasol busking in the sun in the lily pond.

Common parasol is a very common, relatively large maroon red dragonfly residing near waterbodies in Singapore. Its wings are also rusty red. I was stepping on the verge of the pond when I took this shot… good practice but safety first πŸ™‚

A blue dasher resting on a lily bud.

Blue dasher is a smaller-sized dragonfly often seen in ponds. A light-blue body with a black tail tip. Transparent wings.

A flower cluster of Saraca thaipingensis.

This tall tree (reaching up to 10 metres in height) was blooming with clusters of orange-yellow flowers so I couldn’t resist to snap a photo. Saraca thaipingensis belongs to Fabaceae, a family of plants that produce leguminous fruits, such as long beans and peanuts. The tree typically blooms after prolonged dry weather.

Till next time!

Islina x

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