Went to a park the other day to test out a new lens, the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. I love this lens!
Scientific Name: Calotes versicolor
Malay Name: Cicak Kobeng (Kubing)
The most common lizard in Singapore that dipped the native green-crested lizard numbers after it was introduced to Singapore’s wildlife landscape in the 80s, the Changeable lizard is capable of changing colors depending on its mood, finding a mate or threatened. During breeding season, males develop an orange head with a black botch over the cheeks, like this one here. They display these towards females and rivals with head bobs and doing push-ups. Do you even lift, bro? XD
They are also called oriental garden lizard or eastern garden lizard. The Malay name for this varies but they are more known as Cicak Kobeng (Kubing in Indonesia). They are sometimes confusingly called Sesumpah (chameleon), due to their ability to change colors. However, they are NOT chameleons.
Scientific Name: Ardea cinerea
Malay Name: Pucung Seriap
Majestic and graceful, the Grey Heron is usually solitary when feeding, standing motionless and stabbing prey with its dagger-like bill. Like most herons, the Grey Heron nests in colonies known as heronies. This was taken at Pasir Ris Park during low tide and was so still it was easy to get a clear and sharp shot! The Malays call the heron family “Pucung” and Grey Herons are known as Pucung Seriap.
Brown throated Sunbird (Juvenile)
Scientific Name: Anthreptes malacensis
Malay Name: Kelicap Mayang Kelapa
It took me a while to ID this bird but after speaking to a fellow birdwatcher, this is a juvenile Brown-throated Sunbird due to its orange legs and red eyes (Can’t really tell in this picture due to angle of bird with the sunlight but this bird has a red outer ring surrounding its black centre). The juveniles and females are less colorful than their male counterparts who sport iridescent green and purple upperparts with chestnut wings.
Yellow Vented Bulbul
Scientific name: Pycnonotus goiavier analis
Malay name: Merbah Kapur
This Yellow-Vented Bulbul was taken at Pasir Ris Park although it can be found almost everywhere in Singapore. The Malays call this “Merbah Kapur” (Lime bulbul). It can be easily identified with its slight black crest and mask on a white head with brown upper parts and yellow vent. Seeing them so often on our bird-watching trips, I’d occasionally go “Not again” after frantically searching for a birds’ movement in trees and shrubs.
They are pretty to look at, are songbirds and usually one of the first birds to call in the mornings!