The normally quiet Durian Loop is where one goes for free durian during the season. But earlier this month, a pair of Brown Hawk Owls were spotted roosting there. The Sunda Scops and the Buffy Fish Owls fever at the Singapore Botanic Gardens had cooled down. This has become the next challenge and a chance to get our only hawk owl on our sensors in the daytime.
Depending on your luck, they can be either perched high up near the canopy, calling inside the forests or sitting pretty in plain sight. Shooting owls in the daytime requires a little more patience than shooting other birds. They spent most of the time sleeping. You will just have to wait for them to wake up and preen once in a while.
But most times, it was a waiting game just to get a small window and a few record shots. Luckily the other forest citizens were around to keep us busy during the wait. We had the Malayan Colugo and Long-tailed Macaques to shoot. Then a Slender Squirrel came around and started going round the tree trunks. Closer to the ground, a male Tree Hugger and Common Housefly gave us a chance to practice our marco shooting. Greater Racket-tailed Drongos and a bathing Little Spiderhunter kept some of us busy.
This part of the forest is still rich in bird and mammal life even though it is a little fragmented. A new club house is almost completed just outside along the main road. Lets hope that that would be the last development here.