裕廊湖观鸟Birding @ Jurong Lake, Good Friday 2011

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) and i love this photo very much

Chinese Pond heron ( Ardeola bacchus) with colorful breeding feather
池鹭是种候鸟,这是我们首次在裕廊湖一带观察到池鹭 。
This is the first time we spot it here, although ~mantamola~ showed a flock of Chinese pond herons appeared @ Pasir Ris Park recently
This bird is extremely alert and fly away when I am still quite far from him
This Little Heron (Butorides striatus) visits the pond frequently
It seems most Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis) left Singapore already and this one with bright breeding feather is still hanging around
It is alone
Will this egret stay here?
A Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis), male
Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis), female
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

looks like a chick of Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)
This yellow-vented bulbul (Pyconontus goiavier) is a common garden bird here.
It is not shy and can be a very good model for photographer

This white-vented myna (Acridotheres javanicus) just landed before me and tried to find any food either in my plastic bag or my shoes and foot. It is so close to my camera and I have to change to macro mode to take this photo.
A collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) and you should have heard their call if you ever visited Jurong lake or SBWR
A female Asian koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
雌 躁鹃
Normally you can only notice them by their calls 
A happy Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus)大蕉松鼠


First trip to Beting Bronok (BB)

There are at least two B.B. in Singapore: Bukit batok and Beting Bronok. However, most Singaporean are not familiar with Beting Bronok, a submerged reef located near Pulau Tekong and only exposed during extremely low tide.
Thank LK and Ron for the invitation of this unforgettable trip.
No jetty here and we have to use a ladder for the landing
and boarding
The crabs are camouflage experts. Here is a elbow crab (Family Parthenopidae)
Sponge crab (Family Dromiidae)
The sponge crabs normally hold a sponge or an ascidian, and move quite slowly
Spider crab (Family Majidae). This guy lets sponges grow and cover its body
So cute and I love it!
In the sea pen, there are many pretty sea pen porcelain crabs (Pocellanella picta) hide inside.
well camouflage

seems with a tiny sea star
flatworm (Class Turbellaria).
Purple-spotted yellow flatworm (Pseudoceros laingensis)
These guys are super thin and can slip into narrow space to hunt or hide
hell's fire anemone family (Actinodendronidae)
According to Ron, it gives painful stings, so stay away from this awesome guy
Bohol nudibranch (Discodoris boholiensis)
This guy eats sponge
A colorful nudibranch: uthona sibogae

More colorful without flash
A tiny and lovely pink sea urchin
sea urchin
pencil sea urchins named after its thick spines
sea star Nepanthia sp.
Biscuit Sea Star (Goniodiscaster scaber)
Sea pen
Common sea pen
lovely sea pen
sea hare will release this kind of purple color dye when disturbed. A lucky scientist use sea hare as a learning model and win noble prize.
tens of Hairy Sea Hares (Bursatella leachii) here
Sea cucumber
jelly fish

leaf slug

a onyx cowrie (Cypraea onyx) is laying eggs
Gong gong with a pair of strange eyes, and can jump

A spiral  melongena (Pugilina cochlidium)snail is laying eggs

flowery soft coral

  Tunicate (Phylum Chordata)

How time flies! The Sun is coming out and the tide is coming in, and we have to leave this wonderful place.

Don't know who set these traps and we cannot do anything for the unfortunate sharks and toadfishes in the cages
baby sharks?
These toadfishes and sharks are relatively luck as this cage is still in the water and they should survive longer compared with the dried fishes in another cage