Australia trip: Dubai & Singapore

November 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This summer I was very fortunate to travel to Australia with my family and Grandfather. On the way to our first stop Sydney, we spent a few days in Dubai and Singapore. We did not want to travel straight to Australia as 24 hours worth of flights is quite stressful! Three seven hour flights with a day or so in between was much easier and allowed us to slowly adapt to Australia’s time zone.

I wasn’t going to do a blog post on the ‘stop offs’ to Australia but otherwise these photos would never be seen (as they aren’t that good!).

We arrived in Dubai in the evening and headed to the Dubai Mall for dinner and to watch the fountain display (a mock of the Las Vegas fountain!). Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall with 1200 shops, a huge aquarium and ice rink - crazy! We also went up the Burj Khalifa, the tallest manmade structure in the world.

In the morning, we visited the artificial made Palm Island which from the air looks like a palm tree and also the Atlantis Hotel. I struggled to take photos in both Dubai and Singapore as indoors it was cool and air-conditioned, but outside it was 40* in Dubai and 30*+ in Singapore. My lens and camera would immediately condense even if I left my camera bag to warm.

I found little wildlife in Dubai other than this White-eared bulbul.

We then headed off to Singapore which I much preferred to Dubai as you didn’t need to jump in a taxi every time you wanted to go anywhere.

As I walked onto our balcony I saw a pair of White bellied sea eagles flying low over the city which was pretty incredible to see! We visited the central district and took a boat tour along the Singapore River. In the evening, I saw a Black crowned night heron and I wanted to capture a silhouette however I had already held up my family photographing the Common myna’s and unfortunately had to leave that photo.

The next day I walked around the city on my own and managed to photograph more Javan mynas and...

A male Asian koel

A female Brown throated sunbird

A Sunda pygmy Woodpecker

In the afternoon we headed back to the airport to travel below the equator; my first time in the southern hemisphere. The next blog will be on our first stop in Australia, Sydney!


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