Singapore Zoo

Spent the recent Sunday at the Singapore Zoo and River Safari with the new lens.

 

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Poor Inuka having to bear the algae growth

 

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Headscarf for the playful orang utan

Has excellent grip even on thin cables

Has excellent grip even on thin cables

Young orang utan, hanging up side down

Young orang utan, hanging up side down

Young orang utan, trying to cross over

Young orang utan, trying to cross over

This one looks bored

This one looks bored

 

Found Omar (or maybe its Winnie), one of the two rare Bengali white tigers in the Singapore Zoo. The Zoo has reportedly acquired an orange Bengali tiger but has yet to join in the exhibit. I wonder how will  the white tigers react when they being introduced with the new member.

 

Lonely white tiger

Lonely white tiger. Left eye looks injured 🙁

White tiger taking a dip

White tiger taking a dip

White tiger after taking a dip in the pond

White tiger after taking a dip in the pond

What is on this cat's mind? Something yummy?

What is on this cat’s mind? Something yummy?

 

The Australian Outback was kind of bare with most of the kangaroos and wallabies hiding at a shaded corner.

 

A joey, munching on food

A joey, munching on food

Bearded dragon under the spotlight

Bearded dragon under the spotlight

Cassowary at rest

Cassowary at rest

Young Hamadryas Baboons

Young Hamadryas Baboons

 

Using the zoom lens (at 300mm) made me realize that these animals were also eyeing me as well. It was almost shocking to me when I was doing post-processing, to find out that they were staring right at me — cautiously and ferociously at times.

 

Adult Hamadryas Baboon giving me the stare as well.

Adult Hamadryas Baboon giving me the stare as well.

 

Here’s a cropped version, just to give a clearer look of the baboon’s gaze.

 

The gaze

The gaze

Red panda giving me a ferocious stare :S

Red panda giving me a ferocious stare :S

Kai Kai having his lunch

Kai Kai having his lunch

Jia Jia in an awkward position

Jia Jia in an awkward position

Jaguar licking its toes

Jaguar licking its toes

Jaguar eyeing its meal (us).

Jaguar eyeing its meal (us). Scary stare!

 

I used a telephoto zoom lens from Sony (SAL 70-300mm SSM G) which is not exactly fast since the widest aperture ranges from f/4.5 to 5.6 only. It comes with other weaknesses e.g. having to use an adapter (LA-EA4) in order to use this A-mount on the alpha 7 (E-mount). The adapter limits the focus region in the small centre area and also sacrifices a little bit of light since it uses a mirror for focusing.

 

The advantages? The 300mm focal length and the price! It is affordable for me, so I relied on higher ISO and noise reduction in post-processing.