Thursday, February 5, 2015

Another horrible encounter at MacRitchie

MacRitchie on a weekday is always enjoyable due to the smaller crowds and much lesser noise levels. It was so much easier to spot biodiversity when you are not busy trying not to be in someone's jogging track.. and birds and butterflies don't get frightened away by careless people :)

Canarium sp. young leaves - so red and hairy!
Magnolia flowering! Hopefully I will be able to catch the fruiting
Rothmannia macrophylla flower!!! Smells like peach :)
Rourea sp climber?
Rattan inflorescence
Hypolytrum nemorum
Labisia pumila 
Pavetta wallichiana flowering
Pavetta wallichiana
Sterculia rubiginosa flowering
Sterculia rubiginosa
Sterculia rubiginosa
Spider on Canthium molle 

Canthium molle fruits
Canthium molle
Uncaria cordata fruits
Uncaria cordata
Oldenlandia cristata fruits
Are these termites or ants? They were swarming in straggly trails and people kept stepping on them T.T

Ficus chartacea 
More Rothmannia macrophylla flowers
 Rothmannia macrophylla
Garcinia forbesii flowers
Garcinia forbesii
Ixora congesta flowers
Canthium confertum flowering and fruiting again!
Canthium confertum
Ploiarium alternifolium
Oncosperma horridum palm opposite the boardwalk

Chassalia fruits
Porterandia anisophylla fruit
Sterculia coccinea flowers!
Sterculia coccinea
Sterculia coccinea
Branded Imperial (Eooxylides tharis distanti)
Sterculia coccinea

Rothmannia macrophylla
Wikstroemia indica fruits with a formal visitor in a suit :P
Ixora congesta flowers
Polyalthia angustissima
Polyalthia angustissima
Polyalthia angustissima flower
Spotted this Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus) chewing furiously the bark of this tree
Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus)
Not sure of the reason but it does look as if it's enjoying itself
Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus)
Melastoma malabathricum
Canthium confertum tree covered in fruits
Champereia manillana - rather inconspicuous flowers
Aidia densiflora flowers
Parkia speciosa flower! I never get a chance to hold one without it disintegrating the moment i pick it up
Parkia speciosa

Just as I was turning the corner after seeing the Parkia speciosa, I saw this PRC elderly couple cutting all these on the nearby floor. They came well prepared with scissors and big plastic bags. When I walked over, they already have one bag completely stuffed with Lycopodiella cernua. I approached them and asked if they knew that it was illegal to collect anything in the nature reserves. 

From their guilty faces, they knew it was illegal but yet still continued despite my gentle reminder. The woman told me that the workers will trimmed them away anyway. O.O what kind of stupid excuse is this??? I tried to warn them that if there's any park ranger nearby, they will be fined for illegal collecting. But despite me saying all these, they still continued to fill their bags and have pretty much wiped out everything around that patch....

I wished I had the authority to fine them...but I was pretty much helpless...I contemplated calling the hotline but I thought it was be rather futile since they are already running away with 2 big bags...T.T

Lycopodiella cernua -  a rather common plant but we cannot allow illegal collecting just because it is common!! Something can become extinct or endangered due to over-harvesting!!
I just have to walk away, but now I am regretting it, I could have been more proactive but it seems rather futile since they have already cut away everything possible. Asking them to put them back seem rather pointless and I don't have the authority to challenge or punish them...haix

oh wells, I am sure there will be a next time and I will probably get into a fight with them haha!

Ficus delosyce
Ficus delosyce
Ah, a proper photograph of the couple who was collecting!!

Aidia densiflora fruits
Champereia manillana flowers
Willughbeia fruit!
Willughbeia fruit
Glochidion lutescens

Fallen Willughbeia fruit
Dracaena porteri fruits
That's all for the nature reserve side :)

Calophyllum inophyllum in the park is flowering!
Calophyllum inophyllum leaf
As I was leaving, I saw the Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) flying towards the cavity on the trunk of the Tembusu (Cyrtophyllum fragrans) tree.

Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) - I am guessing they are nesting inside there but not too sure if they are still in the process of building one or rearing chicks
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) pair
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

Till next time :)

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