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Saturday, December 17, 2005
The less boring part of being outfield

I spent the past two weeks in the forested areas of Singapore training for the upcoming overseas military exercise. I usually make use of these opportunities to look at the wildlife of Singapore. I must say I saw quite a number of interesting insects, arachnids and miscellaneous crawlies like tiny slugs (they sure look gross). There was this spot where I was doing stand-to (i.e. hide in the bushes with the ants and mosquitoes and prepare to shoot any non-existent enemies) that had at least 10 different types of spiders (what I counted at a glance)!

But there aren't that many birds this time, which is a pity since I like birds more than bugs. Fortunately, near the end of the exercise, during another ocassion when I was doing stand-to, I spotted a Racket-Tailed Drongo on a tree right in front of me. I haven't seen those for some time now so this was a really pleasant surprise.

This bird isn't very colourful but I like the two long tail feathers, especially when the bird spreads its tail during flight. I'm not sure whether the bird I saw was a Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo or a Lesser Racket-Tailed Drongo but it looked pretty much like the one in the picture by nature photographer E. J. Peiker. This guy has some nice photographs on his site. Go and check it out if you can spare the time.


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Yiheng made
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2 Comments:

Wow. I dint know the army now has the camera as part of the SOP. Or is your vocation a combat photographer? haha
By Anonymous Anthony, at 11:18 AM  

no lah, i didn't take that picture, got it from the Peiker guy's site. But my unit does have a guy who's the combat photographer lor
By Anonymous yiheng, at 8:26 PM  

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