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:)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Singapore VI

In the Wetland Reserve facing the Johore Strait, Estuarine Crocodiles (Iriewaniイリエワニ) and Water Monitors (Mizuootokageミズオオトカゲ) can be seen closely.

That was the first croc I'd ever seen in the wild. It looked like a sculpture:)

look at his claws!!

Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bats (Koinugaofurutsukohmoriコイヌガオフルーツコウモリ) were resting under the roof.

On the mudflats, a big flock of Pacific Golden Plovers (Munaguroムナグロ) was resting.

Common Redshanks (Akaashishigiアカアシシギ)

Striated Heron (Sasagoiササゴイ)
The Striated Herons had started breeding and we saw a chick in a nest:)

House Crows (Iegarasuイエガラス) were pecking something - a rotten fish?

a very colourful kingfisher - Stork-billed Kingfisher (Kohashishobinコウハシショウビン)

Painted Stork (Indotokikohインドトキコウ) - flying freely in and out of the zoo nearby

Malaysia on the other side of the strait

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!