Friday, 19 January 2018

Bidadari 22Dec17

From KH
A 1.5-hour mid-afternoon session at Bidadari turned up 20 species, including this Slaty-breasted Rail that almost got away.

This is one of two Brown Shrikes (left), as well as one of two Asian Brown Flycatchers in the area.

Both common kingfishers were present: Collared Kingfisher (left) and White-throated Kingfisher.

Some of the feral Variable Squirrels were still round.

  1. 1 Slaty-breasted Rail
  2. 1 Pink-necked Pigeon
  3. 2 Asian Koel
  4. 20 dark swiftlet sp.
  5. 2 White-throated Kingfisher
  6. 1 Collared Kingfisher
  7. 1 Common Iora
  8. 2 Brown Shrike
  9. 3 Black-naped Oriole
  10. 1 House Crow
  11. 3 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  12. 2 Arctic Warbler
  13. 1 Common Tailorbird
  14. 3 Oriental White-eye
  15. 2 Asian Brown Flycatcher
  16. 2 Asian Glossy Starling
  17. 15 Javan Myna
  18. 4 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  19. 1 Plain-throated Sunbird
  20. 2 Olive-backed Sunbird

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Pasir Ris Park 22Dec17

From KH
The male orientalis OHB was still on the same tree at Pasir Ris Park!

The chickens were having a family outing.

A male Asian Koel perched quietly on a tree, very unlike its noisy character!

Some of the Smooth Otters were still around catching fish.

Then, a Gerard's Water Snake caught my eyes. Was it trying to climb the tree?? I'm not too sure about that, but I do know it kept yawning away!

Meanwhile, a Collared Kingfisher was having a great time fishing and catching moth!

A Common Water Monitor was also enjoying itself, with a mouthful of crab meat.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Halus, Pasir Ris Park 21Dec17

From KH
At Halus, there were only 2 OHBs, 1 Black Baza, 1 dark CHE, 2 Brahminy Kites, and 1 WBSE.


Black Baza

Dark CHE

Brahminy Kites

A Changeable Lizard was sunning itself.

At Pasir Ris Park, the chickens were doing very well.

The fish and crabs were also doing very well at the mangrove.

Some kind of fish. Yellow-spotted Mudskipper

Singapore Vinegar Crab. Violet Vinegar Crab

It was now mid afternoon. Nothing much was going on. Just a male Common Flameback perched quietly on a tall tree.

Then, the drama started building up. First, with the Blue-tailed Bee-eaters.

Face-off between predator and prey!

No prize for guessing who's the winner!

A difference in perspective makes one a giant and the other a dwarf.

Next, a little Common Water Monitor action. M1 decided to take a nap in a nice cozy tree hole, not knowing there was already an occupant, M2, higher up on the tree. Naturally, M2 was pissed off!

M2 went on the offence and literally "kicked" M1 out! M1 dropped into the river below and M2 went back to his siesta on its tree top lodge.

Almost immediately after the monitor lizard drama, a noisy family of Smooth Otters appeared out of nowhere!

In this family, 2 of them each caught a big fish, and the rest of the family were harassing them for a share of the kills. Of course, the 2 of them put up a good fight to retain each of their kills!

After the otter drama, I thought that was enough action for today. Then, while heading back to the carpark, I saw a raptor perched on a tall tree. It looked like a tweeddale morph torquatus OHB. I went around to find a better angle and took some shots; it turned out to be a male orientalis OHB. Strange, has it "morphed" into another race? Going around to find an even better angle, I took some more shots and now I got the tweeddale! What's happening?? It turned out that there were 2 birds on the same tree.

Male orientalis OHB. Male tweeddale morph torquatus OHB

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Henderson Waves, Kent Ridge Park 20Dec17

From KH
I went to Henderson Waves for raptor watch and only saw these migrant raptors: 7 OHBs, 2 CSH and 3 JSH.

These are the OHBs:

The CSHs:

The JSHs:

The resident CHEs: 2 pale, 1 dark.

An adult Brahminy Kite.

Here's a Large-billed Crow.

A Black-naped Oriole.

One of the ever present swiftlets.

Next, at Kent Ridge Park, I took a short walk to Bukit Chandu. The only migrant raptor seen was a JSH.