On wings in Singapore

Flightpathproject is  in Singapore 26 February to 3 March 2014

Pre-flight reading:Sing bird books 2

Sing birds books 3

On the shelf: Natural History Drawings: The Complete William Farquhar Collection, Malay Peninsula 1803-1818 (Editions Didier Millet & National Museum of Singapore, 2010); Birds of Singapore, Clive Briffett & Sutari Bin Supari, (Oxford University Press, 1993); A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia, Ben King, Martin Woodcock, EC Dickinson (Collins, 1975)

Stopping over:

sungei buloh sign

‘. ..108 species of migratory birds have been sighted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve over the past decade. As a site along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway for migratory shorebirds and an ASEAN Heritage Park, migratory birds are the main attraction at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, especially during the annual migratory bird season between the months of September and March.

As many as 60 different species of birds can be spotted in a single day during this period, as thousands of migratory birds from their breeding grounds in Russia, North China, Japan and Korea make Sungei Buloh their resting point before continuing their flights down south.

From commonly seen birds such as the Common Redshank, to the incredible ones, such as the tiny Pacific Golden Plover’s uncanny ability to travel over great distances (from Siberia to Singapore), Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve has only too many interesting sights to amaze you…’

See http://www.nparks.gov.sg

 In transit:

Changi airport

A total of 51.2 million passengers flew through Singapore in 2012…

See http://www.changiairport.com

 Airborne:

Pink-wing_flying_fish wikimedia commons

‘…The process of taking flight, or gliding, begins by gaining great velocity underwater, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) per hour. Angling upward, the four-winged flying fish breaks the surface and begins to taxi by rapidly beating its tail while it is still beneath the surface. It then takes to the air, sometimes reaching heights over 4 feet (1.2 meters) and gliding long distances, up to 655 feet (200 meters). Once it nears the surface again, it can flap its tail and taxi without fully returning to the water. Capable of continuing its flight in such a manner, flying fish have been recorded stretching out their flights with consecutive glides spanning distances up to 1,312 feet (400 meters)…’

See http://animals.nationalgeographic.com.au/animals/fish/flying-fish/

 Another form of flight

bird vase grace

Bird Vase-Grace by New York-based Singaporean ceramicist Wee Hong Ling.

Image and article at http://singaporepoetry.com/ 10 Feb 2014

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