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March 2, 2020

Singapore Birding 4

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

My last stop in Singapore. I was expecting a lot more but at least I got one new bird in the White-crested Laughingthrush.

White-crested Laughingthrush
White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus)

Red Junglefowl  - male
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) – male

Dollarbird
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

Common Hill Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

Common Flameback  - male
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) – male

Pink-necked Green Pigeon  - male
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) – male

Mute Swan
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

I do not think this is a native bird. They even had a Black Swan. It is called Swan Lake so I guess it is a tourist gimmick.

Smooth-coated Otter
Smooth-coated Otter ( Lutrogale perspicillata )

These otters passed right in front of me from the pond into the bush. This one had a good shake like a dog getting out of the water.

Singapore bird list

White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus)
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus)
Javan Myna
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Asian Koel
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
Asian Glossy Starling
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
Oriental Magpie-robin
White-breasted Waterhen
Crimson Sunbird
Black Swan
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Feral Pigeon

Smooth-coated Otter ( Lutrogale perspicillata )

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March 1, 2020

Singapore Birding 3

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Jurong Lake Park – Singapore

I got up early again this morning and took two subway trains to Lakeside station and jumped on a bus to get to the car park at Jurong Lake Park. There were a few bird photographers around and some of them told me where the Buffy Fish Owl was roosting. I got a few photos and then headed up the track, looking for the Watercock that was supposed to be around. But all I found was about twenty to thirty photographers in a frenzy over a Brahminy Starling.

Buffy Fish Owl
Buffy Fish Owl (Ketupa ketupu)

Malay Name: Tumbuk-Ketampi Melayu

Tiger Shrike
Brown Shrike

I made a mistake in ID for this one. Thanks to Boas for correcting me.

Brahminy Starling
Brahminy Starling (Sturnia pagodarum)

I had seen millions of Brahminy Starling in India, so I did not spend much time chasing it.

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker  - female
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) – female

Asian Openbill
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Water Monitor
Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)

Mirror image shot.

Singapore bird list

Buffy Fish Owl (Ketupa ketupu)
Brown Shrike
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Javan Myna
Common Myna
Brahminy Starling (Sturnia pagodarum)
House Crow
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Iora
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Little Egret
Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)
Purple Heron
Grey Heron
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Collared Kingfisher
pied fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Olive-backed Sunbird

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
tortoise

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February 29, 2020

Pasir Ris Park Birding

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Pasir Ris Park

I got up late this morning and caught the subway to Pasir Ris. I luckily found a nasi lemak bungkus and wolfed that down. I could not find any coffee, so I did without for the meantime. I found the park and started walking towards the spots that Jeremiah from the BICA had told me about. I saw a bunch of birders clustered around a tree. I spotted the area that the Crested Goshawk had been seen but he was not around. So a young girl showed my this tree where a Spotted Wood Owl was snoozing. The other photographers were very friendly and helpful and there was a good spirit of camaraderie.

Spotted Wood Owl
Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo)

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)

Ashy Minivet
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)

Red Junglefowl  - male
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) – male

Red Junglefowl  - female
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) – female

Red Junglefowl  - white variation
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) – white variation

There were some white “hybrids” hanging about with the normal Red Junglefowls. I found an article ( https://besgroup.org/2017/08/14/red-junglefowl-white-hybrid/ ) written by Thong Chow Ngian, that claims that it is a white hybrid. Others have suggested that it could be leucistic or albino. I have no idea.

House Crow
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Black-naped Oriole
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Scaly-breasted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Singapore bird list

Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)
Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo)
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Halycon capensis)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus)
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Javan Myna

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February 28, 2020

Satay By The Bay

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Gardens By The Bay – Singapore

I got up early this morning, before 7am and jumped on the subway to the Bayfront station. Gardens By The Bay is just what it sounds like. A fabulous bunch of gardens with pools and creeks. There are so many birds there, it is incredible. And some delightful otters.

 Common Flameback - female
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) – female

Common Flameback  - male
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) – male

Chinese Pond Heron
Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)

Malay Name: Pucung-Padi

Red Junglefowl  - male
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus gallus) – male

“The red junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical bird in the family Phasianidae. They are the primary progenitor of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus), but the grey junglefowl, Sri Lankan junglefowl and green junglefowl have also contributed genetic materials to the gene pool of domestic chicken.” (wiki)

Red Junglefowl  - female
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) – female

Red Junglefowl  - chick
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) – chick

Yellow Bittern
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)

Lesser Whistling Duck with chick
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

The Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica) is an uncommon, resident breeder in Singapore. National status: Endangered. Global status: least concern.

White-throated Fantail
White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)

Zitting Cisticola
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

Black-naped Oriole
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Smooth-coated Otter
Smooth-coated Otter ( Lutrogale perspicillata )

Singapore bird list

Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus gallus)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Javan Myna (Acidotheres
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)
White-breasted Waterhen
White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Olive-backed Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)
Zebra Dove
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
Asian Koel
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psitticula krameri)
Grey Heron

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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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April 29, 2012

Singapore Birding 2

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Singapore Botanic Garden.

I am writing this so late that I cannot remember anything. I caught the number 7 bus from Victoria Street to the Botanic Gardens. It is right opposite the Australian High Commission.

White-breasted Waterhen
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

By the time I got there it was still dark. The sun had not even come up yet. I had to wait for some light before I could take some see-able photos.

Black-naped Oriole
Black-naped Oriole

I wandered around for a while, avoiding the joggers and the tai-chi groups and the dog-walkers. It is probably a good idea to go there during the week.

plantain squirrel
Plantain Squirrel

This Plantain Squirrel was licking the tree. I do not know if he was after the sap of the tree or some water. Plantain Squirrels eat mostly fruit and nuts, but also eat insects and bird eggs.

Common Hill-myna
Common Hill-myna (Gracula religiosa)

There were heaps of birds and squirrels in this tree hooking into the fruit. Mostly mynas and green-pigeons and this distinctive Common Hill-myna with its yellow patches on the face.

Pink-necked Green-pigeon
Pink-necked Green-pigeon

There were a few rumblings of thunder, so I made sure that there was some shelter nearby in case it rained. And rain it did. It came down in bucket loads. I had to take shelter under a restaurant awning with some luckless joggers. After that I just gave up and got the bus back to Victoria Street.

April 26, 2012

Canning Fort – Singapore Birding

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Singapore Birding

This morning I was up at 5am and jumped on the bus to the airport at Jakarta. Getting into Singapore was pretty easy and no hassles at all. I had to get a shuttle bus from the budget terminal to Terminal 2 where the train leaves from to get into town.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

In the afternoon I caught a train to City Hall and walked up to Canning Fort which is an old fort with lots of trees and walking paths in the middle of the city.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher

Just at the bottom of the hill I saw these three Collared Kingfishers. I think there was a young one getting fed.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher

The Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) is also known as the White-vented Myna and the Buffalo Myna, and is a myna, a member of the Starling family.

Javan Myna
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)

And of course I had to take a photo of a Yellow-vented Bulbul. They never let me down.

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul

This is the first time I have taken a photo of the Oriental Magpie Robin. I think I have seen them but failed to get a photo.

Oriental Magpie Robin
Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

House Crows are a pest in Singapore and I read that they are employing people to shoot them.

House Crow
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugulari)

I have taken photos of both male and female Asian Koels near where I lived in Newcastle. They perched on a TV antenna a few houses down the road.

Asian Koel
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)

At the end of the day I also saw a pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles but I had my camera packed away and by the time I got over my shock, they were gone.

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