Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve

Since Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR) was nearby and waders can be watched even during the noon hours, we swing by there to check out the waders. I was gamely rewarded with a couple of spots
1. Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yaw (former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, current Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings) -lol, i know-not really a bird ! but a star in the political landscape.
2. Broad-billed Sandpiper
3. Red-neck Stint

The broad-billed and red-neck was spotted by more veteran birders and the SBWR staff who shared with me how to id and differentiate from the rest. As for Dr. Tony Tan, he was present for an event due to Singapore Press Holdings Foundation support of "Special projects to Understand Nature’ (SUN) club. Sun Club, a programme to bring nature closer to special schools, was first launched in 2006 and it is heartening to witness some its programmes still going strong 4 years on.

Spotted at Visitor Centre
Scarlet Flowerpecker, White-breasted waterhen

Spotted at Hide/screen 1.2
Common Redshank, Whimbrels

Spotted at Bird observation hide 1C
Broad-billed Sandpiper (3 no), Red-neck Stint (2 no), Whimbrels, Pacific Golden Plovers, Mongolian Plovers

I did take some pictures of the broad-billed Sandpiper and red-neck stint (but i do not have a good optical zoom camera and the digital zoom causes pixalisation, but neverthless able to id them among the rest). 
Broad-billed Sandpiper (side profile)

Broad-billed Sandpiper (with supercilium visible)

Description: 18cm , Stint-like, but larger and longer bill. Tip of bill is kinked down. Grey above with white split supercilium.  White below with lateral breast streaks.
Red-neck Stint

Red-neck Stint

Description: Cute and fast moving ! (lol) .15cm in size. Short bill. Breeding mode- rufous from crown to throat and upper breast.

And finally, the othe star of the day, Dr. Tony Tan

Dr Tony Tan with NParks staff

Dr Tony Tan (with red tie)

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