Pasha and Keysa

The Singapore Zoo just got two new addition to its cat family.

I got a chance to view the two-year-old siblings, getting used to their new den. While they were there, Omar the resident white tiger is kept out of sight. Perhaps for safety, but its a pity not to see them all together.

Pasha and Keysa are said to have came from Indonesia’s Maharani Zoo. They were not exactly very active when I was there. It was right after the feeding hour, so I saw them lazing around, licking themselves clean…

 

This could be Pasha
This could be Pasha
This could be Keysa
This could be Keysa
Pasha and Keysa
Pasha and Keysa

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.

 

Nikkor-N 24mm f/2.8

The first 24mm lens designed specifically with a reflex F-mount was introduced in June, 1967. The Nikkor-N 24mm f/2.8 Auto lens has a retrofocus design, it was based on a creative design concept by Nikon optical engineers, combines a super picture angle of 84° and coupled with a fairly fast speed at f/2.8 (fastest lens among the same focal length lenses available during that period) [source: leofoo].

Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 adapted to the Alpha 7
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 adapted to the Alpha 7

This first version has the “Nippon Kogaku Japan” label but mine was simplified to just “Nikon” — but it is still probably among the older 24mm Nikkor lenses because it has a minimal aperture scale of up to f/16 only (f/22 was later added in 1975). Anyway, I love the design — especially the deep ribbed “scallop” grip for the focusing ring.

Some sample photos:

One North Residences
One North Residences
Lucasfilm Singapore, the Sandcrawler building
Lucasfilm Singapore, the Sandcrawler building
Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit at the River Safari
Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit at the River Safari, at ISO5000
Singapore cityscape
Singapore cityscape
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands, shot handheld at 0.5s!
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Underneath the tiered seatings of my church
Underneath the tiered seatings of my church (ISO6400)

Pandas at The River Safari

Went to the River Safari this morning and got some of these shots at the Giant Panda Forest with the Vivitar 200mm.

Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)

The red pandas (close relatives of the raccoon and weasel) were very active this morning — showing off much of their tree climbing skills. Their quick movement proved a little difficult to manually focus with the Vivitar telephoto lens (the focus ring is a tad tight). By anticipating their movements and drive mode set to continuous, with some luck, I did manage to capture some reasonably sharp images.

Red Panda
Red Panda
Red Panda
Red Panda
Red Panda
Red Panda

 

Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

The Giant Pandas were easier; Kai Kai was just lazing around at one spot and Jia Jia was moving in and out of her den slowly. She was too shy to stay out at the public exhibit area. The eyes were large but dark — can hardly see if the eye lids are opened or closed without zooming into the picture. These pandas are a sign of the twentieth anniversary of friendly Sino-Singapore relations. They arrived on September 2012, are on a ten year loan from China. [source: Wikipedia]

Kai Kai
Kai Kai
Kai Kai
Kai Kai
Kai Kai
Kai Kai
Jia Jia
Jia Jia

 
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