Monday, May 20, 2019

3329. No orange-breast green pigeon seen in Singapore

Francis Yap

6:03 PM (3 hours ago)

to me
Dear David,

Sorry for the late reply. We do not have Orange-breasted Green Pigeon in our Singapore checklist. I believe they have only been sighted once or twice near Jurong Bird Park and therefore thought to be escapees instead.

The Pink-necked Green Pigeon on the other hand is a common resident bird in Singapore. It has a bluish grey head and a pink nape, neck and upper breast, and orange central breast. The Orange-breasted Green Pigeon has a greenish head and a much reduced pink upper breast and orange central breast.

You can see our entry of the Pink-necked Green Pigeon here:

Best regards,
Francis Yap
Admin for the Singapore Bird Project.

 Vinago bicincta Jerdon, Madras Journ. Lit. Sci., 12, 1840 pg 13
 Orange-breasted green pigeon  Treron bicincta
is very similar to the Pink-necked Green Pigeon. Principal difference in having the forehead, face and throat yellowish green,  a more restricted mauve-pink area on the upper breast and a different tail pattern, the outer tail feathers being blackish with a broad pale grey terminal band. The female differs from the female of vernans in having a grey nape and hind neck and different tail pattern. It is also, on the whole, slightly larger and heavier-billed bird.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

3328. Emirates Airlines - marketing

MARKETING - Creating market awareness - Miniature caps

May 20, 2019

Creating market awareness of the brand is very important in any business. From my observation,  Addidas is the best as I can see its logo and name on every apparel esp. T-shirts and berets in Singapore. The young ladies buy and wear them as fashion statements without realising that they are advertising billboards for Adidas.

Emirates Airlines will be the best amongst airlines in this field. "Fly Emirates" in T-shirts and apparel are sold in Dubai shops.

It is a pity that they don't have miniature caps and berets.  Singapore Airlines and Luftansa appear to me to be too conservative in apparel advertisements. There are opportunities to present to these two airlines, but I will go for Emirates first.

Attached are my travel photos of Emirates Airlines.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

3326. Juvenile mynah and parrot eating Rose Apples in pruned tree - May 16, 2019 Thu

May 16, 2019. Thu

It was a bright blue sky sunny morning at around 7.30 am today.  

Two juvenile spotted doves were outside my neighour's house on the road side. They did not fly away on seeing me, as if I was invisible. Took 2 images.

I drove straight to the Rose Apple tree which is an hour's walk, as my leg muscles are tired from previous days' long walks. 

On reaching the Rose Apple tree, I saw some birds circling a tall tree. Then they landed (an image)

Junvenile mynahs and green parrot with black stripped red neck seen pecking and eating Rose Apple hidden inside tree. Safer for them in case of predators.

May 17, 2019
Rainy morning. Went to SGH with J to check her ingrown toe. Podiatrist scrapped her nail bed to check and clear dead cells.  "No pus," she said. "No photography of her procedures!".

Thursday, May 16, 2019

3325. Images of birds seen during my morning exercises

May 8, 2019

3324. How to syringe-feed a red-eared slider?

Syringe feeding is important to ensure the red-eared slider survives the period of anorexia and illness.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

3323. May 14, 2019. Oriental Garden seen 3rd time. May 13, 19 Esplanade butterflies and merlion

Tue May 14, 2019
Long walk to the rose apple tree. Sounds of birds hidden in branches eating the apples. Not able to photograph them. Soon 3 young brightly coloured blue, red, green parrots shot out and flew away. Not possible to take photos.

Saw two butterflies fluttering but not stopping for my photography. A movement on the grass. It was the 3rd Oriental Garden Lizard I saw. It climbed up the tree.

Afternoon, Waterwave Point with Mandy and Punggul Sea food dinner with Frances and Mandy.
Lightning and thunder.

Mon May 13, 2019
Prettiest butterflies x2, Newly painted Merlion

Sunday, May 12, 2019

3322. Oriental Grass Lizard seen in May 7 and May 12, 2019 (same tree)

May 7, 2019

During my morning exercise, sunlight shone onto this stationary lizard on a tree.

The lizard saw me


May 12, 2019
I didn't expect any lizard. Saw a movement and this lizard, smaller than earlier one, was seen. He tried to hide behind the tree out of my view or climb up the tree. Looking for insects in this tree.

Friday, May 10, 2019

3321. Nature stories. Sat May 10 2019. Hole in grass area

Today is a Saturday.  I left at 7am to exercise. Bright. Sun has not risen abve roof of houses.A long slim bodied bird flew by. Looked like a crow. It flew to a tree opp the canal. I sstepped onto the grassy area forward to the railing to get a closer view.

My left leg slipped  into a hole to my knee level. No leg fracture or injuries. I was shocked.  

The bird has red eyes n white polka dots. Light brown.

Several young pink necked green pigeons active flying to and fro. 3 of them chased each other if tree top. Or a couple perched inside the tree.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

3320. INTERN. A 20-month-old dwarf hamster has large smelly tumours in the nose, face and ears.

May 9, 2019. Thursday.

This case study shows that the dwarf hamster has suffered a lot by scratching its body flanks bald and its large tumours till they bleed for the past 2-3 weeks as the tumours grow explosively large.

The tumours were very smelly as they were severely infected.


To produce a short educational video without most of the gory surgical procedures. Use a short footage of electro-surgery without blood seen.

Do not delay seeking veterinary surgery to remove the tumours when they are much smaller as they do grow large, become bleeding, infected and smelly. The hamster will die from infections.