MacRitchie Nature Reserve, Singapore.

Long Tailed Macaque with baby.

Long Tailed Macaque with baby.

Today I visited MacRitchie Nature reserve in Singapore taking one of the popular routes around the reserve leading my group past MacRitchie reservoir, a beautiful, now somewhat artificial area in which local Singaporean residents soak up the aesthetics & take advantage of leisure activities such as kayaking & jungle trekking.

Despite the reservoir being constructed in 1867 which is frequently used by many locals, the site still plays host, providing habitat, to a reputable level of biodiversity despite its cosmopolitan surroundings.

A troop of Long-Tailed Macaque’s can be frequently seen across the walkways around the reservoir and within the rainforest itself usually making a nuisance of themselves, snatching items & fleecing people of food. Although the dainty observation of a mother with attached baby even in an aggressive troop makes for a spectacle.

Many other common animals were spotted including: Gliding dragons; brightly coloured insects; various bird species; anxious monitor lizards & the occasional darting skink. However none of these compared to the rare sighting of a Barred Eagle owl (Bubo sumatranus), also known as the Malay Eagle owl which was observed by accident after observing Racket-Tailed Drongo’s dive-bombing something high in the canopy around 1km past the Treetop walk. Some of us managed to get closer to the owl, which made for some great shots & footage, even glaring at us from distance.

Rounding off my first week since emigrating to Singapore quite nicely! It even included a cicada who had a taste for urine…

Long Tailed Macaque with baby.

Long Tailed Macaque with baby.

Long Tailed Macaques

Long Tailed Macaque

Long Tailed Macaque

Sun Skink

Sun Skink

Bee

Urine Cicada

Urine Cicada

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

MacRitchie Treetop Walk

MacRitchie Treetop Walk

MacRitchie Treetop Walk

MacRitchie Treetop Walk

St Andrew's Spider

St Andrew’s Spider

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Giant millepede

Giant millepede

Barred Eagle Owl

Barred Eagle Owl

DSCN9852 Barred Eagle Owl 6 Juvenile Clouded Monitor

Here’s my video footage of the  Barred Eagle Owl

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