Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bidadari (17 December)

I was on leave on a Monday morning and went down to Bidadari to do a spot of birdwatching again.  I spotted the Chestnut-winged Cuckoo today but unfortunately the beautiful bird was very skittish as usual and i could not follow where it eventually flew towards to.

It was a nice quiet Monday morning too, at not many birds in sight. Throughout my whole morning, i bumped into a total of 3 bird photographers and the same student from National University of Singapore Life Sciences doing her final year dissertation field research on the squirrel population in Bidadari (variable and plantain) that i met the last time i was there on December 7. She was there from 7 am and still observing the squirrels by the time i left.

Laced Woodpecker (male)
Laced Woodpecker (female)

Oriental Cuckoo

Variable Squirrel 

Plantain Squirrel 

Indian Cuckoo eating a caterpillar 
Tiger Shrike 
Koel (male) 
It was almost 1 pm when i decided to make my way back partly because the sky was also turning dark with the threat of potential rain (indeed later in rained). When i was about to leave, i saw a flock of  9-10  Black Baza's (only manage to take a picture with six of them in the sky, catching a thermal ). It got me thinking that this might the last time, this beautiful migratory birds might be able to a pit stop in this place, with Bidadari slated for development soon and the trees here to be cleared by next year. A very sad thought indeed. 

Flock of Black Baza's

Other postings on Bidadari
Bidadari (7 December), posted on December 9, 2012
Saving Bidadari, posted on December 5, 2012
Bidadari (18 November), posted on November 23, 2012

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