Bidadari, Haven For Wildlife Amidst The City
2012 ~ 2013 - Bidadari, a small patch of woodland, formerly the Muslim section of the cemetery, bounded by Bartley Road, Upper Serangoon Road, Upper Aljunied Road has become overgrown since the graves there were exhumed in the early 2000s. It has become a haven for wildlife, especially birds, some rare or endangered. it is also one of the very few places in Singapore where you can see the Variable Squirrel. Several ecologists say that Bidadari has been observed to support the highest density of migratory birds, more than at any other sites in Singapore. This is particularly impressive given the small size of the area. It had been theorized that Bidadari is part of a migratory pathway used by thousands of birds heading South for the winter migration, some hail from as far as Russia. This has attracted the attention of many nature lovers, especially birders & when news of the area is to be redeveloped into a new town under the Government’s land use plan, it was received with dismay.
Currently, many nature lovers & the Nature Society of Singapore are planning a campaign to protect part of Bidadari. A proposal by Nature Society to conserve 25 hectares of the 200 hectares Bidadari was sent to the Ministry of National Development (MND) in December last year (2012). Till date, outcome unknown.
Together with my guy, I'd visited Bidadari a numbers of times & love the little friendly forest there, but now, this entry might be a goodbye to Bidadari. I'm sad that forest has to be destroyed as a result of our overpopulated city. The last time I was there, I could feel the sadness of the forest & the anger.
Yes, Mother Nature is angry! Angry at the stupidity & the greed of our country's leaders! Make the wrong choice & your ivory tower will collapse! What would you choose… Death or Life?
Seeds of Death & Water of Life
Left on its own, a forest is a beautiful place, full of life.
Fungus in the forest.
Variable Squirrel & an American Bullfrog.
Songs of the Cicada & other insects fill the forest.
Cicada, a Beetle & a Sweat Bee that landed on my finger.
Crickets & GrassHoppers
Empty cast of a GrassHopper & a Jungle Cockroach.
Spiders are not inserts, but are Arachnid. Sighted a giant female Golden Orb Web Spider with a tiny male & a small golden spider with spiky legs (ID unknown to us).
Spiders at Bidadari
Spotted a pair of Fishing Spiders mating. Male spiders, which are usually much smaller than the female, are always at risk when mating with a female. She will eat him if he's too slow in disengaging after mating. Little deaths are for real to male spiders. LOL! =P
Fishing Spiders mating & he got away fast!
Photographing Butterflies is also one of our interest although I'm not good at ID-ing them.
Jacintha Eggfly & Peacock Pansy.
Lemon Emigrant & Dark Brand Bush Brown.
Bush Hopper & Chestnut Bob
Correctly identifying Moths is a hair-pulling task.
Artaxa ormea, Hemistola Moth & Noctuid Moth.
Love taking pic of Dragonflies & Damselflies too, but ID-ing them is a complete nightmare!
Blue Dasher & Common Parasol.
Common Blue Skimmer & Scarlet Grenadier.
Spine-tufted Skimmers, male & female.
Slender Blue Skimmers, male & female.
White-barred Duskhawks, male & female.
Hierarchy of female White-barred Duskhawks.
Variable wisp, male & female (red form).
Variable Wisp male (white form) & Common Bluetail.
Of all our interest in wildlife photography, birds are one of our favorite subject. Whenever possible, I would join in the fun of birding with my baby camera, a Nikon CoolPix S6300 while my guy is armed with a longer reach Canon SX50.
Me with a group of birders @Bidadari.
According to a list in a FaceBook group, 'Saving Bidadari for Birds and People', at the current count, a total of 139 species (37% of national total) of birds are spotted at Bidadari. Of this 139 species, 81 are resident species & 58 are winter or passage migrants.
List of birds sighted at Bidadari as of April 2013:
Red Jungle Fowl
Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Little Bronze Cuckoo
Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot
Asian Palm Swift
Collared Scops Owl
Spotted Wood Owl
Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Jambu Fruit Dove
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle
Chinese Pond Heron
Malayan Night Heron
Von Schrenck's Bittern
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Japanese Paradise Flycatcher
Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Siberian Blue Robin
Asian Glossy Starling
Common Hill Myna
Oriental Reed Warbler
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
And we have the pleasure of capturing some of them with our cameras.
White-collared Kingfisher had caught a lizard meal, White-throated Kingfisher & Ruddy Kingfisher.
A pair of loving Oriental Dollarbirds starting a family.
A pair of Tanimbar Corella at their nest.
Dark-sided Flycatcher & Ferruginous Flycatcher.
Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher & Mugimaki Flycatcher.
Laced Woodpecker (female) & Banded Woodpecker.
Ashy Minivet, Asian Brown Flycatcher & Little Bronze Cuckoo (juvenile).
Indian Cuckoo & Oriental Cuckoo.
Chestnut-winged Cuckoo & Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo.
Asian Drongo-Cuckoo & Brown Shrike.
Oriental Honey Buzzard & Black Baza.
It would be a great pity if this gem of a forest in the middle of the city is destroyed. Rich does not always means money. We will definitely be poorer if the little forest of Bidadari is gone.