It’s wonderful to blog again after a stressful week of exams. I visited Upper Pierce Reservoir a few weekends ago and I have been itching to post the pictures and write about my experience there! Enjoy reading 🙂
Upper Pierce Reservoir has definitely become one of my favorite parks in Singapore. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this park which was full of wildlife as well as heritage and history.
I suggest you go for a stroll or jog in the park early in the morning, as you get breathtaking views of the sunrise and the reflection of the clouds on the water. The morning air is fresh, crisp and refreshing, and you can also see the Bukit Timah hill in the distance.
The morning view:
As I continued to walk through the park, I thought there was no forest trail/path in Lower Pierce Reservoir. I was very disappointed, but my father suggested we explore a bit more. We walked down this field where we saw some more beautiful views of the reservoir, a range of insects, dragonflies and a Green Changeable Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella).
I also discovered there was a small path that entered into the forest beside the field! Thanks to whoever took the effort to bush-bash their way through!
From the forest, the reservoir looked a bit different, against the backdrop of the tall trees.
This is an Orange-striped threadtail like the one I saw in Lower Pierce Reservoir,
Indocnemis Orang damselfly:
Walking deeper into the forest, I heard a range of melodious calls. I looked up to the trees to see a group of birds flying around. After at least half an hour of craning my neck, spraining my hand and taking a series of blurred pictures we managed to get a few clear pictures of the bird. Since we could not see the bird clearly, after browsing through the pictures, I realized it was the Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa). I thought it was a rare and unique bird with the glimpses of its stunning yellow and orange beak, and was fooled! Nonetheless, I was fascinated after listening to its beautiful songs and learning more about it.
I’ve heard from many people that the Hill Myna can imitate other bird sounds, but I came to know that it can display over 13 song types including whistles, screeches, gurgles- and the sound which I heard, a melodious, human like song- which almost made me cry! They are actually quite elusive as they enjoy staying in the forest, on high-treetops. This is my first time seeing one, and I don’t think people come across it too often.
That was the end of the ‘secret’ forest trail that we discovered. I hope that everyone who visits this park will take a little stroll this way!
Monkey business as usual 🙂
After exiting the park, we decided to take the long road back to the city. It was a wonderful walk, where you may spot some wildlife if you look carefully! I saw many butterflies, including the Common Lascar (Pantoporia hordonia) and the Chocolate Pansy (Junonia iphita),
Your nature lover,