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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Birdwatching in Pasir Ris and Tampines Park Connector (December 31, 2015)

It's the last day of 2015 and the park connector between Pasir Ris Park and Tampines Park Connector was the place i explored with a fellow friend bird photographer to try to catch sight of the Red-billed Starling that was sighted in the canal. I did not manage to see it which was unfortunate, but that's birding. Sometimes, things doesn't go your way.

Getting there
I took the train to Pasir Ris MRT and from there walk along the Park Connector that can bring you all the way to Tampines Eco Green.

Birds i sighted:
  1. Asian Koel (Male)
  2. ID ? maybe sandpiper
  3. Striated Heron (Juvenile)
  4. Dollar Bird
  5. Blue-tailed Bee eater
  6. Little Egret 
  7. White throated Kingfisher
  8. Magpie Robin 


Asian Koel (Male)

Sandpiper ?

Striated Heron (Juvenile)

Dollar Bird 

Blue-tailed Bee Eater

Little Egret

White throated Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

Magpie Robin 


 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Birdwatching in MacRitchie Reservoir (December 30, 2015)

Went down to MacRitchie Reservoir Park with the goal of spotting birds in Jelutong Tower which i have not been for many years. Since i am on leave this week, why not make a trip. Long story short, did not see many birds today. Either i am not skillful or just plain unlucky or both. But neverthless it was a great day for me as i spotted the Culogo (or flying lemur). So this article although is titled "Birdwatching in MacRitchie Reservoir", it is the other non-feathered creatures that i spotted being featured here more ! The other picture i liked was a Baby Long-tailed macaque feeding on simpoh air (Dillenia suffruticosa).

Birds i saw:
  1. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  2. Striped Tit-babbler
  3. Blue-tailed Bee-eater
  4. Pink-necked Pigeon

Culogo (or flying lemur)

Culogo (or flying lemur)

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker



Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Pink-necked Pigeon

Baby Long-tailed macaque feeding on simpoh air (Dillenia suffruticosa)

Baby Long-tailed macaque feeding on simpoh air (Dillenia suffruticosa)

St. Andrew's Cross Spider

Blue Jay

Archduke 

Knight


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Birdwatching in Bidadari (December 20, 2015)

December marks the closing month of 2015 as time ticks down further before the hoarding goes up for what's left of Bidadari. November was a great month in terms of birdwatching for me, getting to see so many beautiful  migratory birds. This month was good with the sighting of the Grey Nightjar which brought many bird watchers and photographers down. The birds i sighted in December 17 and 20 are combined in this blog article. The birds i saw:
  1. Grey Nightjar
  2. Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot
  3. Asian Paradise Flycatcher
  4. Ashy Minivet
  5. Black Baza
  6. Asian Brown Flycatcher
  7. Dark sided Flycatcher
  8. Mugimaki Flycatcher
  9. White rumped Sharma
  10. Lineated Barbet
  11. Tiger Shrike   

Grey Nightjar in Bidadari
Grey Nightjar 

Grey Nightjar in Bidadari
Grey Nightjar 

Grey Nightjar in Bidadari
Grey Nightjar 


Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot in Bidadari
Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot

Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot in Bidadari
Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot

Asian Paradise Flycatcher in Bidadari
Asian Paradise Flycatcher 

Asian Paradise Flycatcher in Bidadari
Asian Paradise Flycatcher 
Ashy Minivet in Bidadari
Ashy Minivet

Black Baza in Bidadari
Black Baza


Black Baza in Bidadari
Black Baza

Asian Brown Flycatcher in Bidadari
Asian Brown Flycatcher

Mugimaki Flycatcher in Bidadari
Mugimaki Flycatcher


Dark sided Flycatcher


White rumped Sharma in Bidadari
White rumped Sharma
Lineated Barbet in Bidadari
Lineated Barbet 
Tiger Shrike in Bidadari
Tiger Shrike






See also previous post on Bidadari :
Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2015), posted on November 16, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 31,2015), posted on November 12, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 11,2015), posted on October 17, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (Javan Munia) May 2015, posted on May, 24, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (February 2015), posted on March 06, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (January 18, 2015), posted on January 21, 2015
Birdwatching before New Year 2015, posted on on January 01, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Raptors spotted (December, 2014), posted on December 26, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Local Residents (December, 2014), posted on December 16, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Blue-winged Pitta (December, 2014), posted on December 14, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2014), posted on November 9, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Jambu Fruit Dove ( December 6 ), posted on December 6, 2013
Birdwatching in Bidadari ( November 3, 2013), posted on November 3, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Muslim Cemetery), posted on October 17, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Alkaff Gardens and Lake), posted on October 8, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Birdwatching), posted on October 14, 2013
Bidadari (17 December), posted on December 18, 2012
Saving Bidadari, posted on December 5, 2012
Bidadari (7 December), posted on December 9, 2012
Bidadari (18 November), posted on November 18, 2012

Monday, December 21, 2015

Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 29, 2015)

November continues to be a great month in terms of birdwatching for me, getting to see so many beautiful  migratory birds. This month was good month with the sighting of the Ruddy Kingfisher which brought many bird watchers and photographers down. The birds i sighted on November 29:
  1. Ruddy Kingfisher
  2. Indian Cuckoo 

Ruddy Kingfisher in Bidadari
Ruddy Kingfisher



Indian Cuckoo in Bidadari
Indian Cuckoo

Indian Cuckoo in Bidadari
Indian Cuckoo

Indian Cuckoo in Bidadari
Indian Cuckoo

Walking the grounds of Bidadari, i am constantly reminded of the space it used to be with remnants of a Muslim Cemetery scattered throughout its grounds. The ones below include a marble headstone of aperson who passed away in 19 December 1957, a wooden board with Jawi inscription and a tomb number marker placed on a Tembusu tree. A space transformed from a place for the dead (1910-1972) to a birdwatchers haven (2006-current) and finally housing. Spaces are constantly transforming and spaces for nature are usually the first ones to be sacrificed to make way for the projected increase in population and the thirst for spaces for housing and commerce.

So, appreciate what we have now before it eventually disappears in fast paced and every evolving Singapore.    

Marble headstone

Wooden board with Jawi inscription 

Tombstone number marker


See also previous post on Bidadari :
Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2015), posted on November 16, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 31,2015), posted on November 12, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 11,2015), posted on October 17, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (Javan Munia) May 2015, posted on May, 24, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (February 2015), posted on March 06, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (January 18, 2015), posted on January 21, 2015
Birdwatching before New Year 2015, posted on on January 01, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Raptors spotted (December, 2014), posted on December 26, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Local Residents (December, 2014), posted on December 16, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Blue-winged Pitta (December, 2014), posted on December 14, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2014), posted on November 9, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Jambu Fruit Dove ( December 6 ), posted on December 6, 2013
Birdwatching in Bidadari ( November 3, 2013), posted on November 3, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Muslim Cemetery), posted on October 17, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Alkaff Gardens and Lake), posted on October 8, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Birdwatching), posted on October 14, 2013
Bidadari (17 December), posted on December 18, 2012
Saving Bidadari, posted on December 5, 2012
Bidadari (7 December), posted on December 9, 2012
Bidadari (18 November), posted on November 18, 2012

Monday, November 30, 2015

Birdwatching in Dairy Farm Nature Park (November 29, 2015)

There was a sense of excitement after reading and seeing photos on various Facebook Bird Group Communities of the Asian Fairy-Bluebird and Blue and White Flycatcher being spotted at the Dairy Farm Nature Park for the past week because a Weeping fig tree (ficus benjamina) near the Wallace Education Centre was fruiting.

I finally found free time on 29 November to go down to see if i can spot this two birds. I have seen the Asian Fairy-Blue Bird before but not the Blue and White Flycatcher. I was unable to see the Asian Fairy-Blue Bird, as by the time i arrived, the fruits on the ficus tree was mostly gone, but neverthless it was a great trip to a place which i hardly go to and i still got to see many birds i don't often see including the Blue and White Flycatcher and the Red Crowned Barbet.

Another interesting sighting is the Little Spider Hunter with leg bands (bird rings) on both legs, likely part of NParks Bird Banding program for the study of birds and its conversation and the protection of its habitat. 

The birds i saw during my visit:
  • Blue and White Flycatcher 
  • Red Crowned Barbet 
  • Little Spider Hunter
  • Olive-Winged Bulbul
  • Cream-Vented Bulbul  
  • Red-Eyed Bulbul
  • Blue-Throated Bee Eater
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher
  • Crimson Sunbird
  • Warbler (not sure which)
  • Mugimaki Flycatcher (female)


Blue and White Flycatcher in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Blue and White Flycatcher

Blue and White Flycatcher in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Blue and White Flycatcher
 
Red Crowned Barbet in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Red Crowned Barbet 

Red Crowned Barbet in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Red Crowned Barbet 

Little Spider Hunter in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Little Spider Hunter with leg band

Olive Winged Bulbul in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Olive Winged Bulbul 

Olive Winged Bulbul in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Olive Winged Bulbul 

Cream Vented Bulbul in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Cream Vented Bulbul 

Cream Vented Bulbul in Dairy Nature Farm Park
Cream Vented Bulbul

Red-Eyed Bulbul in Dairy Farm Nature Park
Red-Eyed Bulbul

Blue Throated

Asian Brown Flycatcher 

Crimson Sunbird in Dairy Farm Nature Park
Crimson Sunbird 

Warbler

Mugimaki Flycatcher in Dairy Farm Nature Park
Mugimaki Flycatcher

Mugimaki Flycatcher in Dairy Farm Nature Park
Mugimaki Flycatcher


Common Mormon