Back to Nature – Stork Billed Kingfisher

The family has been quarantined for close to a month already, so I thought that it might be good for everyone to just stretch their legs a little by going out. I don’t believe anyone of them are infectious already, and we’ll be getting the doctor to confirm that tomorrow.

We headed out to Chong Pang market for a good hearty breakfast and to just soak in the market atmosphere. After that, I took the family to Springleaf Road, Mandai Reservoir and the Lower Pierce Reservoir to just walk around and get in touch with nature. We encountered macaques, birds, fishes…there was even a freshwater lobster and an eel, and Chris and the kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

I also was reminded of how stress free nature is. You just forget about everything when you come into contact with nature! God’s creations… wow…..

I remember about 3 to 4 years back, I was so into birding, that I was out in the forests, woods, wetlands almost every other Saturday/Sunday morning. (Did you know that Singapore has over 300 species of birds and recorded 364 species in the last 5o years?) That was…alas before Ariel and Elkan came. With Kyla, it was still manageable to steal away for 3 to 4 hours on a weekend morning (7am to 10am) to watch birds. But, with Ariel’s and Elkan’s arrival, and their collective propensity to wake up early in the mornings (6am groan!!!) it became nigh impossible.

But, its a hobby that will eventually return once the kids get older. I’ve also been stopping myself from investing in a really good camera and lens for this same purpose. My Swarovski scope is now not being used much. 🙂

This is a shot of a Stork-Billed Kingfisher at the Botanical Gardens. I took this on a Thursday evening back in 2003 with my Nikon Coolpix 4300 and Swarovski scope combination. Not sure how come I had the time to be there…. but.. 🙂 this is one of my all time favorite shots. Just spectacular!


The Stork-Billed Kingfisher is Singapore’s (and the region) largest Kingfisher. This feller still resides at the Symphony lake at the Botanical Gardens when we visited it this evening. Beautiful bird.

From time to time, I’ll post a couple of my bird photos… 🙂

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3 Responses to Back to Nature – Stork Billed Kingfisher

  1. DD says:

    Fabulous shot, mate. Look forward to your other shots.

  2. ET says:

    Didn’t know that you can take nice photos… : )

  3. craftsman says:

    Luck…(as it always is with nature photographs) has a lot to do with it. Lighting requirements aside, you need the subject to stay still sufficiently long enough so that you can take a shot without flash.
    In this case, the Stork-Billed is a great subject. It stays quite still in most cases, unless when it is feeding.
    I remember I have a video of it catching a fish and slamming the fish till it died before swallowing it. 🙂

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