I was amazed by how much I saw in my visit to Bishan Park. I got some incredibly close encounters with the wildlife there and even though I visited a month ago, the images are still fresh in my mind.
A beautiful Pied thriller at the entrance:
Common Blue Skimmer :
Finding things in nature that are heart shaped always makes me happy and warm inside. If you look around closely there are always patterns in nature- this mushroom looked so artistic.
The Lotus Garden in the river plains was my favorite part of the park just because it was so unique and I had never seen anything like it anywhere else.
The lotuses were stunning and so were the buds.
I peered at one of the lotus leaves as a water droplet seemed stuck to the surface but would roll down without friction.I researched to find it is known as the ‘Lotus effect’ and the leaves are hydrophobic.
My father told me as a young child he would eat on the lotus leaves as no food remains would be left on the leaf.
There was a large area of rocks and water which was a storage for rainwater. Since it was a hot day, we went down to look for damselflies and water birds- and we were in for a treat.
We saw many pink eggs of the Channeled applesnail (Pomacea canaliculata):
I think this is the Wandering Wisp (Agriocnemis pygmaea) that was mating:
I met with my old friend, the Clouded Monitor Lizard (Varanus nebulosus) that kept peering at us curiously
A closeup of the Wandering Wisp:
A Purple Heron that was high up in the trees and looked magnificent
As we were walking out of the park I spotted a big black bird on a tree. On looking closer, it was the Asian Koel that was feeding on a fruit which it dropped on the ground and flew to a nearby tree. I got so close to the bird, it was unbelievable! Its red eyes match so well with its dark black body.
Lastly we saw a Pond heron:
That came to the end of our visit, and I think its a perfect place for a picnic, for cycling or even for a stroll.
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
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