Richard Koh's Photography

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Featured Photos

I received lots of request on how and where I capture the subjects, especially wildlife in Singapore. So here are the photos that I will post and share regularly. Hope you enjoy it!



A Reflection of an Egret at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Today, 28th December 2013, marks the 20th Anniversary of the reserve.

Camera info : Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm at 750mm, ISO400, f/6.3, 1/640, 0 ev, location: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

28 Dec '13


The Estuarine Salt Water Crocodile

Spotted this crocodile, about 2.5m in length, in June 2010 from the bridge at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. However it was reported that two crocodiles were first sighted in 2008. Today there may be about ten of them around. This could be due to the rapid development in Johore and also a sign that our ecosystem is getting better. Salt water crocodile or "Salty" is one of the world most dangerous creature, so if you spot them, keep your distance.

Camera info : Nikon D3s, Nikkor 70-300mm at 300mm, ISO1000, f/5.6, 1/200, 0 ev, location: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

12 Oct '13

Smooth-coated Otter

Smooth-coated Otter

Smooth-coated Otter - Spotted this family of 6 otters at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. They were very playful and were on the move towards the fresh water pond. They are cute looking but not so friendly as it snared at me a few times, remember they are still wild animals. I have also spotted them at Serangoon Reservoir and some have spotted them at East Coast Park.

Smooth-coated otters are relatively large for otters, from 7 to 11 kilograms (15 to 24 lb) in weight and 59 to 64 centimetres (23 to 25 in) in head-body length, with a 37 to 43 centimetres (15 to 17 in) tail. They may be distinguished from other species of otter by a more rounded head and a hairless nose in the shape of a distorted diamond. The tail is flattened, in contrast to the more rounded tails of other species. The legs are short and strong, with large webbed feet bearing strong claws. As their name suggests, they have unusually short and sleek fur; this is dark to reddish brown along the back, while the underside is light brown to almost grey in colour. Females have two pairs of teats. Source - Wikipedia.

Camera info : Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm lens at 150mm, ISO1000, f/11, 1/200, 0 ev, location: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

5 Oct '13

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Macaque Bliss

Long-tailed Macaques romp freely in our nature reserves. Because they are no predators, the population of macaque is growing. The public should not feed them because the more they come in contact with human, the more they show no fear. This becomes a nuisance when they turn aggressive and sometimes they raid homes to look for food.

Here is a pair of loving long-tailed macaque at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve on one late afternoon. The captions are just for fun and hope the photos are not offensive to you. It can be educational too.

Camera info : Nikon D3s, Nikkor 70-300mm at 300mm, ISO1600, f/5.6, 1/100, 0 ev, location: Hindhede Quarry, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

28 Sep '13

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The Oriental Whip Snake

The Oriental Whip Snake prefers forest edge habitats or their equivalent including parklands, wooded residential areas and rural agricultural areas. It is most commonly encountered whilst sunning itself on secondary growth along the forest edge. Its body form is extremely slender, though fully-grown adults appear more robust. It can grow up to 2m length. Adult colouration varies from light brown to dull yellow-green and often a startling fluorescent green. There is commonly a thin pale line along the sides of the body. The species feeds mainly on vertebrates, including small nesting birds, lizards and frogs. The young are born alive, and are brown with yellow and black flecks. They are mildly venomous .

The inset photo shows the snake eating a changeable lizard. It took about an hour for it to devour the lizard.

Camera info : Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300mm at 300mm, ISO800, f/5.6, 1/400, 0 ev, location: Mandai Forest

Inset photo camera info: Fujifilm X10, 28.4mm, ISO200, f/2.8, 1/640, 0 ev, location: Sengkang Riverside Park Connector

23 Sep '13

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Atlas Moth

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is commonly found in our parks. Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area about the size of two adult human palms.

I shot this female species at Sengkang Riverside Park Connector along Punggol Reservoir. Have also spotted some at Pasir Ris Boardwalk.

They are very versatile in their habitat and hence able to survive well. The eggs and caterpillars used to feed on the Sour Sop Tree, but have also seen them adapt to the Star Fruit Trees and some low shrubs too.

Other observation: If you look at the wing tips, you can see that it resemble a snake head. What is the use? Maybe to scare off predator.

Camera info : Nikon D3s, Nikkor 28-300mm at 300mm, ISO800, f/5.6, 1/250, 0 ev

16 Sep '13

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Common Lime Butterfly

Butterflies are difficult subjects to shoot. You need lots of patience. Here I used a Fujifilm X-E1 mirrorless camera, light weight and easy to move around. I followed this butterfly and observed where are its regular stopping points and waited, and waited. Then it happened, it stopped right in front of me and I fired quietly away.

This butterfly reproduces itself through the Lime Tree, hence, its name. The caterpillar is dark green and it emits a stinking pungent smell if it gets agitated by elongating its two feelers.

The location is at Pasir Ris Garden at Carpark C and the best time to shoot them is between 10 am to 12 noon.

Camera info: Camera FUJIFILM X-E1 with 18-55mm lens, ISO 200, 50.5mm (76mm in 35mm), f/4.5, 1/500, 0 ev

11 Sep '13

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The Merlion, Singapore Iconic Landmark

This shot was taken at 6.40 am. The place was very peaceful and cool. The water was calm and there are not many people around. This is the beauty of shooting early in the morning.

Camera info: Pentax K10D, 18-55mm lens @ 18mm (27mm in 35mm), ISO 200, f/20, 1/ 30s, 0ev

11 Sep '13

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