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…
Here’s my video footage of the Barred Eagle Owl