Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Birdwatching in Ubin - Black Hornbill ( Jan 2, 2017)

2017 started off very promisingly from a birding perspective, just the way how 2016 ended for me. In my last post, i finally got to see a pair of Mangrove Pitta in Ubin on 29 December. This time around, at the start of a brand new birding year, i manage to see for the first time a Black Hornbill and Mountain Imperial Pigeon at Ubin. Another added bonus was sightings of Cinnamon-Headed Pigeons.

The sighting of the Black Hornbill was easy enough as i walked passed the National Parks Volunteer Building, a large bird flew overhead and landed on a fig tree behind the building. It fed for only 5 minutes before taking off.
Black Hornbill

Black Hornbill in Ubin
Black Hornbill

Black Hornbill in Ubin
Black Hornbill

The bird that got the birding community excited (other than the Eastern Imperial Eagle) was the sighting of the Mountain Imperial Pigeon. There were many bird watchers and photographers present to document this bird.

Mountain Imperial Pigeon in Ubin
Mountain Imperial Pigeon

Mountain Imperial Pigeon in Ubin
Mountain Imperial Pigeon


Mountain Imperial Pigeon in Ubin
Mountain Imperial Pigeon


The last time i saw the Cinnamon-headed Pigeon was in Tampines Eco Green on February 2016 and that was only the male pigeon. This time around i manage to see both the male and female. The female doesn't have the cinnamon color on its head, but the feet with yellowish feathers are a giveaway (at least to me)

Cinnamon-Headed Pigeon in Ubin
Cinnamon-Headed Pigeon

Cinnamon-Headed Pigeon in Ubin
Cinnamon-Headed Pigeon

Cinnamon-Headed Pigeon in Ubin
Cinnamon-Headed Pigeon

Cinnamon-Headed Pigeon

I am not a twitcher and have not intention to be one, as reaching the highest count of unique birds is to me a numbers game which is not my cup of tea. However the opportunity to see this birds in Ubin which is close to my house was something not to be missed.

A very Happy New Year 2017 to one and all.


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