Quick question folks...
AT Bidadari on Saturday morning, as the rain started to fall, a black snake with no markings on the body (I couldn't see the head - low light AND the snake was moving quickly away from me), around the circumference of a broom handle and maybe 3 to 3 1/2 feet long, gave me quite a start. It was maybe 10 feet away from me when i saw it. I am guessing this is a cobra? (Alan Owyong suggested this).
Given that i regularly photograph birds, I'm not usually looking down on the floor when i have espied a bird i want to photograph. I never really thought about this before, but I guess it would be relatively easy to stumble on a snake's presence, scare it, and thus it may strike.
Aside from being cautious and taking care to see where you are walking whenever possible, are there any other precautions i should be taking? Sorry for the naivety on this, but as an Englishman, we rarely encounter snakes in the UK and even when we do, they're usually grass snakes which don't harm humans with their bite. So when birding, there's little need to worry about snake bites.