WILD ANIMALS OF SINGAPORE - A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes by Nick Baker, Kelvin Lim
Wild Animals of Singapore: A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes is a handy book published by the Vertebrate Study Group of the Nature Society (Singapore). This is the most comprehensive account of Singapore's wild animals ever produced in one volume. Featuring mammals, reptiles, amphibians and freshwater fishes.
In Singapore, you can try to get a copy Kinokuniya.
You can also at it at Amazon here.
SINGAPORE BIODIVERSITY - An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development by P.K.L. Ng, R.T. Corlett & H.T.W. Tan
The Singapore Biodiversity: An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment is the first encyclopedia written on the subject of Singapore biodiversity. Like a typical encyclopedia, it is thick and heavy. It should act as a reference book.
The book covers 2 sections. The first covers a collection of essays introducing on Singapore nature environment and conservation efforts. I personally like the essays on the various ecosystem presented in Singapore where different level of vegetation in our nature reserves is explained; there is a chapter on the history of Singapore's Reservoirs and also on our natural freshwater system. These essays are quite a good read.
The second section of the book is an A-Z of Singapore biodiversity. It is a consolidation of efforts from a large team of sxcientists and experts, covering more than 40,000 species of organisms in Singapore. Unfortunately, the arrangement of the organisms in section 2 is not too user-friendly. I would suggest to go straight to the Index and locate the page instead. It's easier this way!
Nevertheless, it is still the only encyclopedia available on this subject. So it is a must buy if you like to know everything about Singapore's own biodiversity.
In Singapore, you can try to get a copy from major book stores.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of South-east Asia
A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of Southeast Asia is a picturous snake book featuring snakes of South-east Asia. Contents include Introduction, Snake Identification, Dealing with Snake Bites, About this Book, Glossary, Species Accounts and Photographs, Checklist of South-East Asian Snakes.
The Species Account chapter is categorised by Wart Snakes, Giant Blind Snakes, Pythons, Typical Snakes, Vipers and Pit Vipers, Pipe Snakes, Cobras & Kraits, Coral & Sea Snakes, Puff-faced Water Snakes, Water Snakes, Slug-eating Snakes, False Cobras, Blind Snakes, Strange-skinned Snakes and Sunbeam Snakes.
It has a comprehensive species of venomous snakes in the Vipers and Cobras & Kraits sections. It is a book good to have to help identify dangerous snakes in this region.
Frog: A Photographic Portrait - Thomas Marent
If you like frogs photography, this is THE BOOK you MUST have in your collection. The images in this book are simply "jaw-dropping"... I fell in love with frog photography after browsing this book. Thomas Marent's work in Frog: A Photographic Portrait really inspired me to be a better frog photographer. Highly recommended for those who are into frog photography. Get your copy here.
Birds of Paradise - Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes
Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds
is one book every bird photographer should own. I have seen countless beautiful bird images photographed by many bird photographers, but none came close to what Tim Laman captured in this book. Most typical bird images are merely sharp captured of the birds in the open with nice clean background. Well, this book is an eye-opener with many images showing the Birds of Paradise's behavior and dances. Read about how Tim Laman with the help of Edwin Scholes photographed 39 species of Birds of Paradise. He shared how he went to great heights to photograph the birds, with illustration and drawings on his setup, his tree hides, remote cameras etc. The book even includes the distribution maps and brief write-up of many species of Birds of Paradise. I applauded their attempts. This book is the result of 8-year long project with 18 expeditions. Get your copy here
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