Our Weekend “Getaway”: Day 1 of 3 (Satay by the Bay, Singapore)

It has been almost 3 full months since I last held a camera. I had to let go of my Canon 60D due to some issues hence, the long hiatus. I have yet to get a camera to call my own, but I managed to rent a Canon 760D for the long weekend (since Christmas falls on a Monday here in Singapore).

We decided to walk our way to down to Gardens by the Bay from Clarke Quay. It was a torturous walk because the weather was hot. We almost drenched ourselves in sweat.

We did have the idea of walking around Gardens by the Bay and birdwatch but we realized that the number of people was at least 100 times more than the number of species of birds that can be found there. So we decided to walk down further and we found the location that birdwatchers in Singapore mentioned in forums; the Kingfisher Lake.

Anyone can easily find the location because that’s the only lake that you can find photographers camping around the lake with their “super mega lens” (actually, we are using the same lens. :p)

We set up our equipment and waited for a while. Thirty minutes in, a Yellow Bittern flew into the area and it became the star of the day. All lens around the pond shifted and focused on it. I only managed to get one useable shot though.

Yellow Bittern. 
Shot using Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS on a Canon 760D.
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/1250
ISO: 800
Focal Length: 600mm

I was struggling with the AF for the Sigma 150-600mm. I read a few posts on forums and mentioned that the said lens, in fact, do have some AF issues on Canon. However, I am hoping that I will be able to switch to manual and take better shots tomorrow.

Just about when everyone got bored with the Yellow Bittern, a Common Kingfisher flew into the frame. We were so excited at the sight of the little bird. To be honest, this species is not as common as we expected it to be. Since the start of my journey, I have never come across a Common Kingfisher, until today. As mentioned earlier about the struggle I had with the lens, I only managed to get one not-so-bad shot of it.

Common Kingfisher
Shot using Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS on a Canon 760D.

Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
ISO: 1600
Focal Length: 569mm

After which, we decided to walk down to Marina Barrage and hope to score some shorebirds but to our disappointment, we didn’t find any.

Tomorrow is gonna be another whole day of adventure in the wild and because we are going to a place where I first fall in love and develop the passion for birdwatching and bird photography.



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