Botanic Gardens – Our Winner!

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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)

Brown throated sunbird (male)

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Lesser whistling ducks

Black swan in the Swan Lake (how original) :3

Black swan in the Swan Lake (how original) :3

Crimson sunbird - the little red dot, our unofficial national bird!

Crimson sunbird – the little red dot, our unofficial national bird!

Extremely fluffy baby common tailorbird :3

Extremely fluffy baby common tailorbird :3

Sunda pygmy woodpecker

Sunda pygmy woodpecker

A very well camouflaged Eurasian Tree sparrow

A very well camouflaged Eurasian Tree sparrow

Long tailed parakeet

Long tailed parakeet

The Mystree

The “Mystree”, sculpted by Zadok Ben-David, is made of over 500 little figurines… plus one magpie robin 😛

Brown throated sunbird (female)

Brown throated sunbird (female) peering at a banana plant flower

Black-naped oriole

Black-naped oriole

Pied triller

Pied triller

Red junglefowl

Red junglefowl

Zebra dove -weee! :3

Zebra dove -weee! :3

Posing cute little sparrow

Posing cute little sparrow

Rock pigeon

Rock pigeon

White breasted waterhen - and no, that little black thing is not its shadow, it's a baby waterhen!! Awww. #sofurryitsblurry

White breasted waterhen – and no, that little black thing is not its shadow, it’s a baby waterhen!! Awww. #sofurryitsblurry

Blue-crowned hanging parrot

Blue-crowned hanging parrot

A very shy Common Flameback woodpecker

A very shy Common Flameback woodpecker

Yellow vented bulbul

Yellow vented bulbul

Female olive backed sunbird

Female olive backed sunbird

Fluffy ashy tailorbird

Fluffy ashy tailorbird

Common iora

Common iora

Red whiskered bulbul taking shelter

Red whiskered bulbul taking shelter

We couldn't resist adding another red whiskered bulbul picture!

We couldn’t resist adding another red whiskered bulbul picture!

Little egrets

Little egrets

A pair of white-collared kingfishers

A pair of white-collared kingfishers

And here are some non-feathered friends (living and non living):

Red-eared terrapins on a log

Red-eared terrapins on a log

Plantain squirrel

Plantain squirrel

Painted jezebel - recent nominee for National Butterfly (which was actually won by the Common Rose!)

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

“Lady on Hammock”, a congratulatory gift from David Marshall for the Gardens’ 130th birthday

"Girl on a Bicycle" by Sydney Harpley

“Girl on a Bicycle” by Sydney Harpley

Keep surprising us, Botanic Gardens!

Starlings in the evening

Starlings in the evening

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15 thoughts on “Botanic Gardens – Our Winner!

  1. Hi
    Glad to see you checking us out again. I’ve grown to over 250 follower and we just moved into Penang so it’s been hard to keep track of my favorite followers (of which you are one). Great pics and glad to see the UNESCO status, we went there and loved it. So if your ever in Oenang, please email us Nd we can say hello. We will eventually be in Singapore a old would love to say hi. Our email is rodimy15@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon

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