Happy to spot this Plain Nawab (Polyura hebe) while walking the Rail Corridor next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore, on 3 May 2021. I saw it when it chased another butterfly away before perching on this leaf. I think it was earlier attacked by a bird, judging from the torn hindwing.

The Plain Nawab is a common butterfly, but I last spotted it two years ago.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ].

An Ornate Coraltail (Ceriagrion cerinorubellum) I saw perched on an unfolding fern frond. I thought it would make for an interesting photo op. 🙂 Spotted at the Rail Corridor, next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore, on 3 May 2021.

The Ornate Coraltail is a common, small, damselfly.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

Had a lovely encounter with this 'Boxer' (Flower) Mantis, probably genus Astyliasula, at Dairy Farm Nature Park, Singapore, on 2 May 2021. It wasn't intimidated by us taking photos of it. Instead, it flew on to us and started climbing over us, while 'boxing' its arms. :-)

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

A Great Helen (Papilio iswara) spotted behind the Wallace Education Centre at Dairy Farm Nature Park, Singapore, on 2 May 2021. Might have taken more photos of it, but a male Common Mormon came along and chased it away from the area. :-)

The Great Helen is a large butterfly, and is moderately rare locally.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

A Scarlet Flash (Rapala dieneces) spotted at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore, on 18 April 2021.

We were all chasing after the locally rarer Chocolate Albatross (Appias lyncida) butterfly, but I didn't get a shot of it. Ah well, maybe next time. :-)

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

Went to Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore, today, 18 April 2021. We passed by a truck parked by the side of the road with fertilizer in the back and spotted this Five-bar Swordtail (Graphium antiphates) happily feeding from it.

The Five-bar Swordtail is a fast flier, and it took a while before I managed to get a shot of it before it flew off again.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

A Yellow-Barred Flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis) spotted at Kranji Marshes, Singapore, on 11 April 2021. There were plenty to be seen there, fluttering in the air in groups, and it wasn't easy to find one that wasn't moving.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

Not great, but some shots for the record. Two Lesser Adjutants (Leptoptilos javanicus) spotted soaring high in the sky near the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve area, Singapore, on 10 April 2021.

The Lesser Adjutant is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is considered Vulnerable and is a rare resident bird.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ].

Spotted this Indo-Pacific Horseshoe Crab (Subfamily Tachypleinae) moving in the mud during low tide on the seashore at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 4 April 2021.

People sometimes mistake them for the more well known Atlantic Horseshoe crab.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

This Malayan Bushbrown (Mycalesis fusca) kept moving about, so I had to patiently wait until it settled down before taking these shots. Spotted at Chestnut Nature Park on 2 April 2021.

The last time I saw one in Singapore was in 2017. It's not as common as other species of Bushbrowns here.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ].

Spotted this Stinkhorn fungus at Chestnut Nature Park on 2 April 2021. It was still attracting some insects, although I couldn't smell it.

This is not meant to be crude, but its genus name is Phallus.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

Spotted this lovely mantis, probably a Golden-armed Mantis (Hierodula venosa) at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 4 April 2021. It was also the centre of attention of visitors who passed by.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

A Sumatran Sunbeam (Curetis saronis) spotted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 4 April 2021. It had just eclosed as we saw the pupal case below it on the same leaf.

Finding a butterfly that had just emerged from its pupal stage is always nice as they are easy to approach. It is still getting used to being an adult and not keen to fly away yet.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

NIce to be able to spot this Green Tree Snail (Amphidromus atricallosus) at Chestnut Nature Park, Singapore, on 2 April 2021. Looks like the recent rains have bought them out of hiding.

The Green Tree Snail is native to Singapore and usually only found in mature forest areas.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ].

A male Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) spotted at Pasir Ris Park, Singapore, on 28 March 2021. A common sunbird but I see it less often compared to the Olive-backed Sunbird.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

A Common Redeye (Matapa aria) spotted resting on a leaf at the Herb Garden and Butterfly Garden area of Pasir Ris Park, Singapore, on 28 March 2021. Good to be able to spot it there.

The Common Redeye is considered a moderately rare butterfly.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

This Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) flew in and perched on this nearby tree. Then, it quickly moved and grabbed a lizard before flying to another nearby tree to feed. Seen at Pasir Ris Park, Singapore, on 28 March 2021.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

Thanks to a tip from another couple in the area, we managed to see this Dog-faced Water Snake (Cerberus schneiderii) at Pasir Ris Park mangrove area, Singapore, on 28 March 2021.

The Dog-faced Water Snake is apparently a common snake in the mangrove area, but it usually hunts fish and invertebrates at night, so it is not often seen in daytime.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

Happy to spot this Malaysian Pied-Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) while walking at Sungei Serangoon Park, Singapore, on 27 March 2021. It was singing while moving about and fanning its tail.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 [, where I've also put a recording of its calls.

This is a common resident bird which, as its name suggest, fans its tail as a display.

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