A Walk in Bukit Batok Nature Park

 Getting back to Singaporean amazing wildlife…

head image:  Yellow-vented Bulbul, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/400, Evaluative metering -1/3.

…after Hokkaido it was time for me to get back, or simply get outside, to shooting local wildlife. Grass seems always greener on the other side and it is easy to forget the riches that Singapore wildlife has to offer.

Amongst the various Singapore parks is Bukit Batok Nature Park which is relatively small but offers plenty of wildlife to discover. My daughter and I like very much spending time there to spot and shoot birds. Walking in the park is easy, even with heavy gear, and offers quite a high density of creatures from lizards to squirrels and birds. So far we’ve spotted more birds that we were able to shoot: whilst curated, the park is a secondary tropical forrest so light is generally low and challenging (contrast with bright sky), with its relatively tame birds it makes for a good training ground for shooting wildlife in the tropics. We’ll get back there more often.

Here is a sample of what we brought back.

PS: I’m not done with Hokkaido images which I’m still sorting (I come to realise that I’ve been way too trigger happy during this trip…) and I am taking the opportunity to test new software, but that’ll be for another post.

Silhouette of a Purple-throated Sunbird. Image created at Bukit Batok on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/800, Evaluative metering +0.

Silhouette of a Purple-throated Sunbird. Image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/800, Evaluative metering +0.

Purple-throated Sunbird, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200, Evaluative metering +1 1/3.

Purple-throated Sunbird, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200, Evaluative metering +1 1/3.

Crimson Sunbird, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200, Evaluative metering +2.

Crimson Sunbird, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200, Evaluative metering +2.

An apparently shy White-crested Laughingthrush. Image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200, Evaluative metering +0.

An apparently shy White-crested Laughingthrush. Image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200, Evaluative metering +0.

White-crested Laughingthrushes, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200, Evaluative metering +2/3.

White-crested Laughingthrushes, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200, Evaluative metering +2/3.

White-created laughing thrush, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/100, Evaluative metering +0.

White-created laughing thrush, image created at Bukit Batok Nature Park on February 28th, 2015 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/100, Evaluative metering +0.

A Walk in Bukit Batok Nature ParkChristian C. Berclaz
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