We searched that same spot for many months each time we passed through the place. The spot told to us by people we met on previous visits. On last Sunday morning, as we gave up and were leaving, a nice gentleman on his bicycle waved to us and pointed to a spot in that same tree. We must be blind to have missed that huge Buffy Fish Owl (马来渔鸮) sitting on the branch.
Hooded vulture putting on a show of landing on the volunteer's arm. Not everyday that you get to have a bird of prey swoop down on you! This was taken at the Kings of the Skies show at Jurong Bird Park.
📷 Nikon D850 + Nikkor 200mm f2 VRII
On Sunday, while standing on the bridge across the Tampines River near the mangroves in Pasir Ris park, spotted this Stork-Billed Kingfisher (鹳嘴翡翠) making dives into the river in the distance.
Tried to capture using my cam, but pardon my lack of skill, too much zoom, i lost the bird from my view, too little zoom, it is so small 😅😬. Wah... 🤪 anyway sharing my not so clear pictures just for fun. Hope to do better next time.
WL's phone cam video managed better than me. See last pic.
Forgot where exactly I had taken this, probably one of the park connectors in Punggol. My one and only encounter with a Rufous Woodpecker(栗啄木鸟), and one and only usable photo I took of the bird.
Read that it is "an uncommon resident woodpecker that lives in forests and wooded areas. It can be identified by its reddish-brown plumage that is marked with darker bands". Also read that the male Rufous woodpecker has a small red cheek-patch lacking in the female. So the bird in the photo was likely a male.
Unlike the smaller Sunda woodpecker, which I found more difficult to spot, these Common Flameback woodpeckers (金背三趾啄木鸟), were the first woodpeckers I noticed during my walks. The male with red crown and female with black crown, together with their golden back are difficult to miss. I first noticed them due to their unqiue calls which I initially confused with that of the white collared kingfishers.
Spotted them in Pasir Ris park today, have also seen them in many others parks like Changi point, Tampines Eco park, and even the little garden behind Ang Mo Kio MRT station.
Photos taken from different times during my various walks. #singaporebirds#birdsofsingapore#sgnature#singaporewildlife#sgwildlife#wildsingapore#sgbiodiversity#nparkbuzz#sgpy_biodivercity#sgparks#nparks
So more winter visitors spotted. Today walked through Coney Island. Spotted my 3rd Tiger Shrike this week. Then saw a slightly different yet familiar silhouette in the distance. This time it was a Brown Shrike (红尾伯劳), also a winter visitor to Singapore. So happy to see the 3rd Shrike species this week😄
The next few photos were from our trip to Jurong Bird Park when it was offering free entry a few weeks ago. We went for the Kings of the Skies show and caught this Buffy Fish Owl in flight. Looks like we weren't the only birders there!
📷 Nikon D850 + Nikkor 200mm f2 VRII
Dropped by Bidadari few days back, a familiar place during my younger days. Now oozed a rustic charm and is a comfortable ground for birds and wildlife. A big difference to all the construction going on around the place.
Oriental Pied Hornbill (冠斑犀鸟) from our walk at Changi Point Coastal Walk last weekend. Read that "they are commonly seen on Pulau Ubin and sometimes also at Changi. They are the only truly wild hornbills found on Singapore." I have seen them at Pasir Ris park too.
I came across a flock of Long-tailed Parakeets while exploring Thomson Nature Park.
There were about eight of them and they were having a buffet breakfast on the starfruit tree. Beautiful birds.
Join me this Saturday at the park and we’ll see if we can spot them during the nature appreciation walk.
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Throwback: One of the first few interesting birds I noticed while taking long walks through the Park connectors. The black band around the eyes reminded me of masked bandits. The long tailed Shrike (棕背伯劳) is the only resident among the Shrike species here, and I often see them along the Punggol park connectors. These were photographed on different times.
Saw this little guy few days ago in Punggol park. Tried to search online but cannot tell if it is a Juvenile Tiger Shrike (虎纹伯劳) or Brown Shrike (红尾伯劳). Anyone knows?
Read and understood both species are winter visitors and passage migrants here.
Update: Thanks wei_luv_nature forwarding the other IG post of a similar looking Shrike, identified as a Junior Tiger Shrike. So looks like Tiger was in the Park.
Made a quick stop to check out the Bidadari area in the evening and chance upon a large group of birders/photographers. Soon learned the excitement was due to a White Morph Male Asian Paradise Flycatcher (长尾白寿带鸟) that arrived there recently. Another lucky break for me to see such beautiful bird with its long tail streamers. Read that they are common winter visitors, and passage migrants.
A whole group of white-crested laughingthrushes decided to make Goldhill Estate their home for two weeks in early September. We heard two very different sounding cries and thought it was two separate birds, but turns out it was just this one!
📷 Nikon D850 + Nikkor 200mm f2 VRII + Nikon TC-2.0E III