Hooray!!! 🙂 On 4th July, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was awarded the long awaited UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It’s Singapore’s first World Heritage Site and is the third Botanic Gardens to be listed, after Kew Gardens in England and the Padua Gardens in Italy.
Some background: The Botanic Gardens has been around for over 150 years. It’s home to the National Orchid Garden with over 1000 orchid species on display, a tropical rainforest, three lakes and a Children’s Garden. It’s the only English-style garden in the tropics (and the only tropical garden on the UNESCO list)!
For us, our memories of Botanic Gardens are of a place where our parents took us when were little to feed the turtles and admire the swans. Today, it’s a place where our grandmother goes early in the morning to do her exercises and (more importantly) where we can have great birdwatching experiences 🙂 The Gardens mean a lot to everyone here and we’re very pleased to hear this news, especially since it’s Singapore’s 50th Jubilee!
Here are some (… many 😛 ) samples of all the birds we’ve photographed there, as well as nearby.
Brown throated sunbird (male)
Lesser whistling ducks
Black swan in the Swan Lake (how original) :3
Crimson sunbird – the little red dot, our unofficial national bird!
Extremely fluffy baby common tailorbird :3
Sunda pygmy woodpecker
A very well camouflaged Eurasian Tree sparrow
Long tailed parakeet
The “Mystree”, sculpted by Zadok Ben-David, is made of over 500 little figurines… plus one magpie robin 😛
Brown throated sunbird (female) peering at a banana plant flower
Zebra dove -weee! :3
Posing cute little sparrow
White breasted waterhen – and no, that little black thing is not its shadow, it’s a baby waterhen!! Awww. #sofurryitsblurry
Blue-crowned hanging parrot
A very shy Common Flameback woodpecker
Yellow vented bulbul
Female olive backed sunbird
Fluffy ashy tailorbird
Red whiskered bulbul taking shelter
We couldn’t resist adding another red whiskered bulbul picture!
A pair of white-collared kingfishers
And here are some non-feathered friends (living and non living):
Red-eared terrapins on a log
Painted jezebel – runners up for National Butterfly competition (which was actually won by the Common Rose!)
“Lady on Hammock”, a congratulatory gift from David Marshall for the Gardens’ 130th birthday
“Girl on a Bicycle” by Sydney Harpley
Keep surprising us, Botanic Gardens!
Starlings in the evening