Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 14, 2019

Singapore Birding 191114

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Gardens By The Bay

This morning I got up and 6.30am and hopped on the subway to Gardens By The Bay in Singapore. There is lots of bushes and gardens so it is a great spot for birds. I saved the best for last. I saw this Malaysian Pied-Fantail at the end of my trek.

Malaysian Pied-Fantail


Malaysian Pied-Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

It is called murai gila (crazy thrush) in Malay.

Black-naped Oriole


Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Pink-necked Green-Pigeon


Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans)

Javan Myna


Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)

Also known as the White-vented Myna, for obvious reasons.

Striated Heron   - juvenile


Yellow Bittern ( Ixobrychus sinensis)

Common Tailorbird


ashy tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)

Olive-backed Sunbird


Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)

Brown-throated Sunbird    - maybe


Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) – maybe

I have no idea if this is right. I could not see the front of it.

Spotted Dove


Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)

Zebra Dove


Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)

The Zebra Dove is very common in South-east Asia.

Pied Triller


Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)

Singapore bird list
Malaysian Pied-Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) ???
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Rock Pigeon
Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Yellow Bittern
ashy tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

Resource:
https://ebird.org/region/SG/hotspots?yr=cur&m=

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November 6, 2019

Guangxi Yunan Sichuan

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Guilin to Xi Chang

Well where do I start with the tourist photos. At Guilin I guess. The first time I went there I stopped in Guilin North, which was more the working class area. It was close to the very fast train station when I first arrived. After a couple of days, I went to Xingping, which is a small town on the Lijiang river, famous for the scene on the 20 yuan note.

lijiang river

Lijiang river at Guilin

guilin sculpture

Sculpture of musician

Lijiang River

Tourist boats on the Lijiang River

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Dancing in the morning

After about eight or nine in the morning the dance groups start up their shenanigans along the promenade next to the river. They have everything – exercise dance, waltz type dancing, tai chi and ethnic stuff as well.

guilin

Pounding nuts

They make these candies out of nuts. This guy was pounding the mixture after mixing with caramelised sugar or something similar. It tasted pretty good.

xi shan, kunming

Xi Shan

At Kunming, I took the subway to the Western Hills Park. The bus took me right up near the top of the mountain. I took a few photos, then it started raining and it did not stop, so I took the bus back down the hill.

Xi Chang

Boat on the Lake

I caught a train to Xi Chang and this morning went for a walk to the Qionghai Lake and Dream Lake Wetland.

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Xi Chang Sichuan Birding

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Qionghai Lake, Dream Lake Wetland

So I tok the slow train from Kunming to Xi Chang and now I am in the region of Sichuan. This morning I got up and was out by 7am, but it was still dark! doh! So I set off anyway, waiting for it to get a bit lighter so I could take some photos. There were heaps of Brown-breasted Bulbuls frolicking around in the bad light but it was pointless taking any photos of them. So I just wandered around waiting for the light to come up.

red-billed starling

, Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)

I have seen the scientific name Sturnus sericeus, so I do not know which is right.

red-billed starling

Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)

common starling

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris )

I was quite surprised to see this Common Starling with the Red-billed Starlings. There is also a Red-vented Bulbul in the shot.

crested myna

Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)

Blurry photo, but it was the best i got. doh!

brown breasted bulbul

Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)

red vented bulbul

Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Mystery bird

I have no idea what this is. My guesses include Clamorous Reed Warbler, Oriental Reed Warbler and Zitting Cisticola.

Xi Chang bird list

Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris )
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Eurasian Magpie
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba )
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saulari)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Common Coot
Chinese Pond-heron (Ardeola bacchus)
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
Scaly-breasted Munia
White-fronted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus )

Resource:
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4811712?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

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November 4, 2019

Xi Shan Birding

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Western Hills Park

It was a funny morning today. I got up about 6:30am and grabbed a taxi to the subway and got to the Western Hills Park before 8am. I had no idea where to go so I followed the other people down the hill to a bus station. I guessed that you had to catch a bus to the park. I finally sorted out the green bus with the help of a nice lady. I was surprised when it just kept going right up to the top of the mountain almost. I wandered around the area for a little while until I spied my one and only species for the day – the Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Alcippe dubia). Then it started raining so I sat under some shelter and had a few meat dumplings (baozi) for breakfast.

Rusty-capped fulvetta

Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Alcippe dubia)

The rain was not going to stop so I jumped back on the bus and headed downhill. On the way back I went shopping for some shoes at Walmart, but it was crap, so I found some shoes that fitted me in a store nearby. Some tasty noodles from a little shop and back to bed for a rest before editing photos this afternoon in the rain.

Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Alcippe dubia)

Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Alcippe dubia)

“The rusty-capped fulvetta is a species of bird in the Pellorneidae family. It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.” (wikipedia)

Resources:
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L957784?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

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November 3, 2019

Kunming Birding

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Green Lake Park

I got the bus from Dali to Kunming. More than five hours on a slow coach. Arghh! I arrived late into Kunming and found my hostel. Early in the morning I got up headed off to the Green Lake Park, which is quite close to my hostel. There were a few waterbirds and I was lucky to find a few new bush birds. I gave up when the dancing aunties started blaring out their music and wiggling their hips.

brown-breasted bulbul

Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)

This is a new bulbul. I saw the yellow vent and thought it might have been a yellow-vented but no, it ain’t.

black-throated bushtit

Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus)

This is also known as the Black-throated Bushtit. First time for this one too. That is two ticks for the morning. Not bad for the beginning of winter.

chinese pond heron

Chinese Pond-Heron ( Ardeola bacchus )

“Identification: Indistinguishable from other pond-heron species when in non-breeding and juvenile plumage. Adult in breeding plumage has distinctive chestnut-maroon head, head-plumes, neck and upperbreast, white underparts and blacklish-slate mantle and scapulars.” (singaporebirds.com)

grey heron

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

little egret

Little Egret ( Egretta garzetta )

common moorhen

Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

This is also known as the Common Moorhen, which I think is the correct name.

white-breasted Waterhen

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

The White-breasted Waterhen was not on the ebird list for the Green Lake. It is well within range.

eurasian tree sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus )

squirrel

Squirrel

Kunming bird list

Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)
Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus) aka Black-throated Bushtit
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) aka Common Moorhen
White-breasted Waterhen ( Amaurornis phoenicurus )
Chinese Pond-Heron ( Ardeola bacchus )
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus )
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret ( Egretta garzetta )
White Wagtail
Yellow-browed Warbler
Mallard

Resources
https://singaporebirds.com/species/chinese-pond-heron/
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L957929?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

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