Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pasir Ris Park On The First Day of 2011

Thanks Khew for giving me a lift to Pasir Ris Park on the first day of the new year (2011). It has been quite a long time since my last visit to this mangrove park in the east of the island.

The herbs garden was our first stop. The common name of this butterfly is Leopard (Phalanta phalantha phalantha). It has the tendency to flap its wings when perching or feeding - I was very lucky snapping a shot at a precise moment when its wings were close.
On our way to the mangrove boardwalk near a row of Ixora bushes, Khew spotted this Rapala species . It took off hastily after we had taken a few quick shots from a low angle.
This Dark Brown skipper, a Baoris species was quite tame and resting in the shade along the mangrove boardwalk. There were a few other brown skippers zipping around but I wasn't lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time.
At least two individual Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus teatus) were spotted at Ixora bushes. This pristine specimen was quite cooperative to be photographed when it was feeding on the Mile-a-minute flowers (Mikania micrantha ).
A wasp-like critter with a thin segment of the abdomen was spotted at the edge of a leaf lifting its front legs - preparing itself taking off ?
This guy was buzzing around with high speed along the boardwalk. When it perched on a sunny spot, I realised that it was rather huge and certainly looked scary.
This small but colourful spider was moving around perhaps looking for its preys on a mangrove plant.
There were quite a few other species of butterfly such as King Crow ( Euploea phaenareta castelnaui ) - a permanent resident of the park which preferred to stay or flutter at tree-top most of the time. Here is another "King" - this Palm King (Amathusia phidippus phidippus) though a bit "old" still looked strong and fast to hide away from our camera flash.
The weather during this north-east monsoon period changed rather fast - we had to cut short our outing when we saw the clouds congregating towards our direction - it rained heavily when we were on our way home - thanks Khew once again.

1 comment:

  1. Most welcome, Federick. You're always nice company to go shooting with. :) That's a nice shot of the Common Tit. Should post at BC!