Friday, 17 March 2017

Singapore Birding V

In a nature park, a flock of White-crested Laughingthrush (Hakuochoハクオウチョウ) were foraging very close to the path and even when people went closer to take pictures of them they didn't look really bothered:)

It looks like he caught an ant!


a Common Flameback (Zuakamiyubigeraズアカミユビゲラ)

The park is built on the site of an old quarry and nature has come back into the whole area.

A young Changeable Hawk-eagle (Kawarikumatakaカワリクマタカ) was perching on top of the cliff.

a shy Spotted Dove (Kanokobatoカノコバト)

Not-so-common-in-Singapore Common Mynas (Indohakkaインドハッカ) were foraging on the grass near a golf course.

a Paddyfield Pipit (Himemamijirotahibariヒメマミジロタヒバリ) too!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Singapore Birding IV

On another occasion, we asked Kim Seng to guide us again for a day.
We started the day before the sun came up to reach the top of the canopy in the Central Catchment.

walking with torches
Birds were already quite vocal in the darkness.

From the canopy
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Orenjihanadoriオレンジハナドリ)

Brown-throated Sunbird (Chanodokobashitaiyochoチャノドコバシタイヨウチョウ)

Crimson Sunbird (Kigoshitaiyochoキゴシタイヨウチョウ)

Cream-vented Bulbul (Mejirochairohiyodoriメジロチャイロヒヨドリ)

Olive-winged Bulbul (Akamehiyodoriアカメヒヨドリ)

Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Koaobatoコアオバト)

the view from the canopy

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Kazariochuカザリオウチュウ) in the dawn

a White-throated Kingfisher (Aoshobinアオショウビン) seen on the way back to the car pack

a Long-tailed Macaques (Kanikuizaruカニクイザル) eating berries

We saw an incredible number of birds from the canopy, entirely thanks to Kim Seng before moving on to other sites.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Singapore Birding III

We moved on to a place where the Long-tailed Shrike was expected to be seen.

There he is! Long-tailed Shrike (Takasagomozuタカサゴモズ)
It flew down in the shrubs and disappeared soon after.

On another lamp post, a White-throated Kingfisher (Aoshobinアオショウビン) was sitting.

A White-breasted Waterhen (Shiroharakuinaシロハラクイナ) dashed from cover to cover, but stopped to check us.

A timid Zebra Dove (Choshobatoチョウショウバト) was quietly foraging in the reeds.

Two tiny but aggressive Olive-backed Sunbirds (Kibarataiyochoキバラタイヨウチョウ) were fighting over their perches. Today's winner here!

A Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Kammurikakkoカンムリカッコウ) was a great surprise for all of us.

He didn't seem to mind us much watching him closely.
He could have landed here because he was feeling peckish on the way to his breeding ground:)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Singapore Birding II

Back on the main island of Singapore after experiencing tremendous tropical rainfall & thunder, Kim Seng, our wonderful guide, spotted an owl in a tree by the car park in Pasir Ris Park.

a Buffy Fish Owl (Mareiuomimizukuマレーウオミミズク)
looks wet and miserable, just like us!

a very vocal Collared Kingfisher (Aoshobinアオショウビン)

an Indian Cuckoo (Segurokakkohセグロカッコウ)
very quiet - we couldn't have noticed without Kim Seng!

Black-naped Oriole (Kohraiuguisuコウライウグイス) - one of the very common birds in Singapore

a pair of White-bellied Sea Eagles (Shiroharaumiwashiシロハラウミワシ)

Actually, they were harassed by a pair of House Crows (Iegarasuイエガラス) and the crows won the game.

Kim Seng's hawk-eyes spotted an Asian Koel (Onikakkohオニカッコウ) just sticking his head out of the thick foliage.

Red Junglefowls (Sekishokuyakeiセキショクヤケイ) - a male in the tree, 2 females on the ground

Little Egrets' tree! (Kosagiコサギ)

a Striated Heron (Sasagoiササゴイ) concentrating on fishing

We were lucky to see another Oriental Pied Hornbill (Kitakasasagisaichoキタカササギサイチョウ) fly and perch just in front of us.

The park was deserted because of the weather, we think, but luckily for us, the birds were very vocal and active:)

Monday, 13 March 2017

Singapore Birding I

We flew to Singapore to see an old friend of mine working there and to watch wildlife in early March.

For birdwatching, we asked a professional bird guide, Mr Lim Kim Seng, for 2 full days and we were glad that we asked him as we had absolutely wonderful birding days with him.

Red-breasted Parakeet (Darumainkoダルマインコ) in Changi village

We took a small boat from Changi to Pulau Ubin (Ubin islandウビン島)

a White-bellied Sea Eagle (Shiroharaumiwashiシロハラウミワシ)

It was low tide and the mudflat was spreading far out.

a tall Great-billed Heron (Sumatorasagiスマトラサギ) and Grey Heron (Aosagiアオサギ)
The log-like thing on the right bottom in the pic is a Water Monitor (Mizuohtokageミズオオトカゲ).

a Grey Heron eating an eel

a Whimbrel (Chushakushigiチュウシャクシギ)

a Javan Myna (Jawahakkaジャワハッカ)

a Red Junglefowl (Sekishokuyakeiセキショクヤケイ) preening thoroughly

a Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Koaobatoコアオバト)

a Pacific Swallow (Ryukyutsubameリュウキュウツバメ)

a magnificent Oriental Pied Hornbill (Kitakasasagisaichoキタカササギサイチョウ)

Chek Jawa Wetlands on Pulau Ubin

mangrove forest