Well… It’s been a tough one!

I feel like this Pelican scratching its head: how can I describe this year?

Head image: Australian Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS, f/8.0, 1/200s, ISO 400, Evaluative metering.

Let’s say that I’ve had better years and that 2015 has been particularly tough. Whether the changes occurring in the banking industry will be bringing as many opportunities as promised remain to be seen but those very changes are no less challenging and have taken a toll on me and many others like me. This year haze has been difficult for all in Singapore, not to mention for inhabitants of Sumatra or Borneo, and didn’t help to keep the energy level high toward the end of the year and thus not so many satisfactory shooting sessions.

The hardest of the year was to lose my beloved cousin, after extraordinarily courageous battles – yes plural – following by only a few weeks her father. I had the chance to visit her in Columbia, MD, last June and to spend quality time with her, including her 50th birthday party, but her passing in October left a wound open in my heart and marks one of the saddest moment in my life and which, to this day, I am unsure to understand the enormity.

But life continues and my family and I are slowly regaining the lost ground, and working toward finding again our balance. I returned to the Bird Park with my daughter in mid December and here are the best images of the day.

Green Iguana, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/8.0, 1/200s, ISO 400, Evaluative metering.

Green Iguana, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/8.0, 1/200s, ISO 400, Evaluative metering.

Green Iguana, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 400, Evaluative metering.

Green Iguana, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 400, Evaluative metering.

I was positively surprised to see Common Mynas at the park, usually we rather see Javan Mynas who have become the most common bird of Singapore over the Common Mynas.

Common Myna, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/160s, ISO 400, Evaluative metering.

Common Myna, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/160s, ISO 400, Evaluative metering.

Common Myna, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/230s, ISO 400, +2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Common Myna, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/230s, ISO 400, +2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

And the usual “free lunch” gatherer that are Herons and Egrets

Cattle Egret, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/3200s, ISO 200, -2 EV, Evaluative metering.

Cattle Egret, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/3200s, ISO 200, -2 EV, Evaluative metering.

Grey Heron, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/2500s, ISO 400, -1 EV, Evaluative metering.

Grey Heron, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/2500s, ISO 400, -1 EV, Evaluative metering.

A Spotted-whistling Duck in pond

Spotted Whistling Duck, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/250s, ISO 200, -2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Spotted Whistling Duck, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/250s, ISO 200, -2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Before a few Pelicans for portraits

Australian Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS and Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. f/4.0, 1/1250s, ISO 200, -2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Australian Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS and Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. f/4.0, 1/1250s, ISO 200, -2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Spot-billed Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/3200s, ISO 200, -2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Spot-billed Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. f/4.0, 1/3200s, ISO 200, -2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Spot-billed Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS and Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. f/4.0, 1/1000s, ISO 200, -2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Spot-billed Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS and Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. f/4.0, 1/1000s, ISO 200, -2/3 EV, Evaluative metering.

Dalmatian Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS and Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. f/4.0, 1/1250s, ISO 200, -1 EV, Evaluative metering.

Dalmatian Pelican, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS and Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. f/4.0, 1/1250s, ISO 200, -1 EV, Evaluative metering.

As the rainy season is on us, we had, like these Roseate Spoonbills, to wait for the storm to subside before leaving the park.

Roseate Spoonbills, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS and Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. f/4.0, 1/50s, ISO 800, Evaluative metering.

Roseate Spoonbills, image created on 12 December 2015 at the Jurong Bird Park. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS and Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. f/4.0, 1/50s, ISO 800, Evaluative metering.

 

Well... It's been a tough one!Christian C. Berclaz
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7 comments on "Well… It’s been a tough one!"

  1. Fred Wiggins

    It only can get better then! Attack 2026 with full force!

  2. Fred Wiggins

    2016 I meant. No need to aim so high

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