Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Birdwatching in Bidadari (18 December 2016)

My last post on Bidadari was on April 2016, with the exciting sighting of the Trumpeter Hornbill and since then, Bidadari's landscape has changed completely. Many of the access points have been hoarded up and the bull dozers have already moved in, clearing the ex-cemetery land and birder's paradise into the next Housing Development Board Estate for future residence.

After spending the morning in Bishan Park, i thought i will pay a visit to see if i can spot any migratory birds. I took public transport from Bishan Park (Bus No 13) which stopped me at Woodleigh MRT and i walked in via Upper Aljunied Road towards Mount Vernon Columbarium. In the short visit, i manage to see a Large Hawk Cuckoo (among other birds), the Variable Squirrel and finally got to see first hand the slow death of Bidadari as a birdwatching space.

Large Hawk Cuckoo in Bidadari
Large Hawk Cuckoo

Large Hawk Cuckoo in Bidadari
Large Hawk Cuckoo 

Variable Squirrel in Bidadari
Variable Squirrel 

Blue throated Bee Eater in Bidadari
Blue throated Bee Eater

Lesser Flameback Woodpecker (female) in Bidadari
Lesser Flameback Woodpecker (female)

Lesser Flameback Woodpecker (male) in Bidadari
Lesser Flameback Woodpecker (male)

Dollar Bird in Bidadari

Collared Kingfisher in Bidadari
Collared Kingfisher

Goodbye Bidadari, Thank you for the memories 

Time has already run out for Bidadari as a birding site and very soon, Mount Vernon Columbarium as a santuary for the dead. What remains are the many memories caught on photos. I am thankful of this memories although they are very short ones only.

Hoardings have been erected. Work is in progress

The view of the area towards Bartley MRT

See also previous post on Bidadari :
Trumpter Hornbill in Bidadari (April 18, 2016), posted on April 19, 2016
Birdwatching in Bidadari (January 10, 2016), posted on January 20, 2016
Birdwatching in Bidadari (December 20, 2015), posted on December 20, 2015
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

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