Birds Of Different Feathers – Part 2
My friends and I started at 9am and ended our excursion at 5pm thereabout. I only managed to upload all my raw files after many hours and completed my editing at 4+am the following day! I was just too excited to sleep without seeing the end result of my photos. They were disappointing of course, so when Leonard said he would be going to shoot the owls in the morning, I said I would tag along.
The Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo) is an owl of the earless owl genus, Strix. Its range is strangely disjunct; it occurs in many regions surrounding Borneo, but not on that island itself.
The three subspecies are:
Strix seloputo seloputo – South Myanmar and central Thailand to Singapore. Also Jambi (Sumatra) and Java.
Strix seloputo baweana – Endemic to Bawean Island off North Java.
Strix seloputo wiepkini – Calamian Islands and Palawan (Philippines). – Wikipedia
Owls have special anatomical features such as large eyes with a large fast cornea and lenses. They have a large head and a flat, full-plumaged face (so-called “facial disc”) with eyes that are set forward, just like those in humans and in apes giving them a stereoscopic version. They have features that enable them to fly and hunt silently in the darkness. These are the generously proportional wings that spread out their weight and the fine fringes to the flight feathers which are covered over the surface with a velvety pile. Both of these combine to produce a “flying machine” that is so silent it will not alert even a sensitive mouse.
Yes, there were only two of us, Leonard and I but don’t be alarmed. The food listed here was not consumed in one sitting. They were all from different stalls housed in the same kopitiam so I thought I showcase them here.
I had Bak Chor Mee for lunch that afternoon and the rest of the foods on other days. I had the BCM with mee pok before after eating the same dish with mee kia, I think the QQ-ness of the latter won me over. It has been said that there’s no good food in Pasir Ris, so the humble BCM saved the day! This is also a meal I came for on another night but they were closed for 2 days and I had Indian rice that evening.
The Indian rice I had was simple yet delicious drowned in fish curry. I had wanted biryani but it was late and they’d sold out. The cheerful vendor suggested fried chicken with fish curry (they ran out of fish, too) and that was scarcely a meal so I tambah (add on) the tofu.
The Mee Rebus I had for breakfast was satisfactory but the nasi padang was more than decent. I’m not sure if my plate was considered cheap but the meal was certainly value for money taking into account I had chicken, fish, liver and vegetable. I remembered ordering an omelet too but I guess the aunty must have forgotten.
The Fried Hokkien Mee and dessert were ordinary – nothing to shout about.
I’d forgotten what Leonard ate that afternoon. I think it was economy rice (which I have patronised before and thought they were quite expensive). I only remembered him complaining that he wanted to eat the Johnson Lock Duck rice but he only wanted the drumstick or specific portion of the fowl. The hawker didn’t want to cut another bird, preferring to sell whatever’s been chopped, so no sale transacted. On a previous occasion, I had bought half a duck. Not fantastic but if you die die must have duck, this is as good as it gets in the block.
I have had food from the Dim Sum stall which was not memorable. The cze char stall was not too bad. I like the service given when I dabao food some time ago.
If “there’s nothing nice to eat in Pasir Ris” holds true, then having food that could not be complained about is good news.
Kopitiam at Elias Road (Pasir Ris)
Address: Blk 623 Elias Road,
Near Sheng Shiong Supermarket.
Happy eating and bonding 😀
“Die die must have” is Singlish for strongly desire 😉