Sunday, 30 April 2017

Aoba no Mori Koen

The migratory season has arrived and I went to the park early in the morning, expecting to see/hear some birds on migration.

Yippee!! I heard 2 Narcissius Flycatchers singing!! Although I could not get close enough to them to take a photo, it was worth getting up at an ungodly hour:)

There were plenty of birds singing or foraging just after dawn.

Hawfinch (Shimeシメ) - they were everywhere in the park, nibbling new shoots (and whatever was good for them!), to get enough energy before they start their journey to the breeding grounds.

Some Bramblings (Atoriアトリ) were among the Hawfinch. I thought they all had already gone, so it was a great surprise.

A Japanese Wagtail (Segurosekireiセグロセキレイ) was busy hunting insects on the grass.

A pair of Little Grebes (Kaitsuburiカイツブリ) had some eggs in their nest!

Very noisy calls came from the bamboo thicket and there they were!
Long-tailed Tit (Enagaエナガ) fledglings.

It was warm even before 7 in the morning and when it got warmer lots of insects started buzzing around.

a beautiful Old-world Swallowtail (Kiagehakiキアゲハ)

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Inage Park in April

It has suddenly become more like summer than spring, and all the birdlife is getting very active.

Brown-eared Bulbuls (Hiyodoriヒヨドリ) are making the most of the Cherry blossoms - they love the nectar.

Long-tailed Tit (Enagaエナガ)

Grey Starling (Mukudoriムクドリ)

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Kogeraコゲラ)

Olive-backed Pipit (Binzuiビンズイ)

Oriental Turtle Dove (Kijibatoキジバト)

The park is situated on the edge of Inage ward, which used to be the coastline before it was reclaimed. Pine trees were lined alongside the coast as windbreaks from the bay. Some of those pine trees are still kept and well maintained in Inage Park.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Inage Kaihin Koen

It was a lovely morning and I had wanted to see my first swallow of the year after many birding friends told me that they had already seen theirs so I cycled down to Inage Kaihin Koen (Inage Coastal Park) with hope:)

Only a few minutes standing by the water, I was welcomed by 2 Swallows! Hooray!
(no photo though)

There were still some wintering ducks and grebes in the bay.

Greater Scaup (Suzugamoスズガモ)

Great Crested Grebe (Kammurikaitsuburiカンムリカイツブリ)

Eurasian Wigeon (Hidorigamoヒドリガモ)

A few hundred of them were present.

Yacht Harbour

Coot (Oobanオオバン)

On the grass in the park, a flock of Grey Starling (Mukudoriムクドリ) were foraging.

Dusky Thrushes (Tsugumiツグミ) were fuelling up before the long flight.

A Skylark (Hibariヒバリ) was singing in the sky and flowers were coming out - It's SPRING!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Singapore VII

I'll show a bit more of the photos I took in Singapore and end my Singapore entries.

Yellow Bittern (Yoshigoiヨシゴイ)

Oriental Magpie-robin (Shikichoシキチョウ)

Lesser Whistling Ducks (Ryukyugamoリュウキュウガモ)

Straw-headed Bulbul (Kigashirahiyodoriキガシラヒヨドリ)

This bulbul is one of the most popular birds for the pet-bird trade in South-east Asia and has been listed as an 'endangered' species. Singapore is the only country where the number of the bulbul has been increasing.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Hariohachikuiハリオハチクイ)

They were seen in many places even in the residential area where we stayed.

They are passing migrants according to Kim Seng, our guide, and the other bee-eater we saw, the Blue-throated Bee-eater, are resident but I didn't get a picture.

Plantain Squirrel (Bananarisuバナナリス)

Red Junglefowls (Sekishokuyakeiセキショクヤケイ)

Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay

We had an amazing two days birding with our wonderful guide, Kim Seng, and our sighting list counted 98 bird species! Thank you, Kim Seng!
If you are planning a birding trip in Singapore and need a guide, we strongly recommend Kim Seng for your guide:)