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Nature In The City

Photographing Urban Wildlife

The feature article, “Nature in the City” for Wildlife Photographic Magazine is about photographing urban wildlife in Singapore. Tim Plowden’s writing is illustrated by his wildlife photographs and video, “The Circle of Life“.

“Nature in the City” highlights the importance of society’s ability to coexist with wildlife as the world becomes more urbanised.

Grey heron resting on a railing next to a bridge carrying a busy expressway, Singapore.
Red-breasted Parakeet flock in flight over the urban landscape of Singapore. This flock is indicative of a thriving trade in wild parrots. Singapore is a hub for the international trade in parrots and also has a growing parrot owning community.
Pair of Blue-tailed Bee-eater courtship feeding on a rooftop antenna in a public housing estate, Singapore.
Malayan Water Monitor lizard exploring flood drain in an urban canal, Singapore.
Juvenile male Long-tailed Macaque resting on a footbridge in an urban public housing estate in Singapore.

Condominiums, private and public housing estates are located next to forest reserves, coastal areas, mangrove remnants and along other waterways. A lack of buffer between urban Singapore and its forested areas has resulted in people living cheek by jowl with their wild neighbours. Native wildlife that has little choice but to explore the concrete jungle is perceived in many cases to cause a public safety risk. Interactions where wildlife share the same spaces as people, such as roads, sidewalks and even playgrounds can either result in harmonious coexistence or in fatal conflict.

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Article Details

Publication Title: Wildlife Photographic Magazine

Edition: Issue 51, September/October 2021

Format: Writing, Photography, Video

Theme: Urban Wildlife, Human Wildlife Coexistence

Location: Singapore

Species: Oriental Pied Hornbill, Smooth Coated Otter, Wild Boar, Long-tailed Macaque, Malayan Monitor, Grey Heron, Jungle Fowl, and more.

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