#12. Walking through the diversity of Singapore’s nature reserves and areas with Fujifilm (part 1)

Most photographers will find it hard to associate the 719 square kilometres sized 1st world city-nation of Singapore to provide much of nature but the surprise is that the city has actually portioned out an area of significantly more than 30 square kilometres on its mainland for a minimum of 24 nature reserves and ‘nature areas’ and as such, there is actually quite an abundant variety of nature for one to seek out.

Follow the link for list of nature reserves and areas here

Pacific Swallow 02
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO200

For me its generally a ritual where I make it a point to visit one during the school holidays and this time its Pasir Ris Park and thus this post alone will just cover the Pasir Ris Park / Beach area. 

Equipment. 

 Fuji and Sony
two excellent kits – the Sony A7rII and FE100-400mm F4.5-5.6 used by the friend who’s very experienced in navigating these nature areas and the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 I use.

Slater on some sun-tan, bring lots of water and you are ready to go with a good focal length reach and a weather resistant camera kit and here’s to share some of the wildlife one can find in this nature area.

The variety of sizes alone is interesting. Let’s take a look.

 Stork Billed Kingfisher
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO250

Grey Heron
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO200

Dollar Bird 03
Oriental Dollar Bird (Eurystomus orientalis)
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO200

Obviously also we have friends who are more land-based.

Crab!
Crab!
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO6400

White breasted waterhen
White Breasted Waterhen.
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO200

Even the smallest beauties of nature are present if you know where to look.

Xylocopa Confusa Female Xylocopa Confusa
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO500

Xylocopa Confusa Female 07
Xylocopa Confusa
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO250

 

As a friend who’s an accomplished photographer once said, there’s little need to travel overseas to shoot unless one has fully covered his own backyard.

I agree.

and Always keep looking ahead.
Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird (Female)
Fujifilm X-T2, XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6, at F5.6 ISO500

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Keith Father, Teacher and Life Photographer. Lives a life of positivism & seeks to photograph Life & his 2 toddlers Kei & Lynn.

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