Friday, July 20, 2012

What a Good Outing to USR !

It has been more than a month since my last visit to Upper Seletar Reservoir (USR) Park. 16 June  seemed to be a lucky day for many BC members who were at USR for their weekend shooting.

At the usual spot, I noticed this Chequered Lancer (Plastigia naga) perching quietly on a leaf. I approached it slowly and took a few shots.
There was a lonely Dark Blue Jungle Glory (Thaumantis klugius lucipor) playing hide-and-seek with us. After our persistent chasing and stalking, we managed to get at least a shot when it was resting on the forest undergrowth.
Some of us moved towards the reservoir edge. Along the way I saw this mating Chestnet Bob (Iambrix salsala salsala)
Dr Seow identified this as Arhopala sublustris ridleyi 
It has been quite sometime since my last encounter with a Lesser Herlequin (Laxita thuisto thuisto) - a relatively uncommon lycaenid, this species tends to hopped around on the leaf surface with its wings partially open.
At around 1 pm, The Plane (Bindahara phocides phocides) one of the rarest Lycaenids was spotted by CH along a hedge of shrubs. It was rather tame and stayed at a rather difficult position for us to take some shots. We encountered the male more often than the female. 
After shooting the Plane, I went back to the trail where we found this rather pristine Malay Tailed Judy (Abisara savitri savitri). It displayed its typical usual behaviour of turning and hopping on the leaf surface, making us work extra hard for a shot.
We also spotted a rather small male Great Helen (Papilio iswara iswara) resting high up on a leaf.
A rather worn-out skipper Zographetus doxus perched rather tamely. 
A brown skipper appeared to be the Small Branded Swift (Pelopidas mathais mathais) offerred me rather nice posture and background for a shot.      
It was a fruitful outing at USR where most of had great fun shooting together.

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