Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Coney Island 15Apr18

From KH

Someone's feeding these Golden-backed Weavers (left), Baya Weavers and Eurasian Tree Sparrow (right).


Tiger Shrike assuming breeding plumage.


Scaly-breasted Munia nest - the bird was seen bringing nesting materials in.


Stripe-nosed Halfbeak with a few Crescent Perch.


Grey Knight Goby (left) and a mudskipper.


Spangled Gudgeon (left) and Javanese Ricefish.


Mangrove Horseshoe Crab.


Orange Mud Crab with one claw.


Mangrove Tree-dwelling Crab (Selatium brockii) (left) and Purple Climber Crab (Metopograpsus sp.) with acorn barnacles.


Sea Slaters.


  1. 1 Gray Heron
  2. 1 Brahminy Kite
  3. 1 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  4. 3 White-breasted Waterhen
  5. 10 Spotted Dove
  6. 4 Zebra Dove
  7. 1 Lesser Coucal - Heard
  8. 1 Banded Bay Cuckoo
  9. 1 Plaintive Cuckoo - Heard
  10. 4 dark swiftlet sp.
  11. 4 Collared Kingfisher
  12. 2 Dollarbird
  13. 1 Sunda Woodpecker
  14. 2 Common Flameback - A pair
  15. 5 Red-breasted Parakeet
  16. 1 Blue-winged Pitta
  17. 1 Golden-bellied Gerygone - Heard
  18. 4 Common Iora
  19. 1 Tiger Shrike - Adult
  20. 1 Long-tailed Shrike
  21. 4 Black-naped Oriole
  22. 1 House Crow
  23. 1 Large-billed Crow
  24. 2 Pacific Swallow
  25. 2 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  26. 2 Olive-winged Bulbul
  27. 2 Common Tailorbird
  28. 2 Ashy Tailorbird
  29. 3 Yellow-bellied Prinia
  30. 2 Asian Brown Flycatcher
  31. 4 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  32. 10 Javan Myna
  33. 2 Olive-backed Sunbird
  34. 5 Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  35. 10 Golden-backed Weaver
  36. 10 Baya Weaver
  37. 1 Scaly-breasted Munia

Sunday, May 13, 2018

SBWR 14Apr18

From KH

The female Copper-throated Sunbird was hanging around the same spot as last trip; must be up to something.


This Grey Heron was having a face-off with an Estuarine Crocodile.


The Common Water Monitor is showing off its tongue and the nostril near the mouth tip, a key identification feature telling it apart from the Clouded Monitor, aside from the habitat.


This Common Gliding Lizard flew in and stood its ground.


This Common House Gecko was also showing off its ID feature - the spiny tail, as its also called the Spiny-tailed House Gecko.


Here's a female Batik Golden Web Spider to round up the day.


  1. 1 Milky Stork
  2. 2 Painted Stork
  3. 2 Gray Heron
  4. 2 Great Egret
  5. 20 Little Egret
  6. 2 Striated Heron
  7. 2 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  8. 4 White-breasted Waterhen
  9. 120 Whim brel
  10. 3 Common Sandpiper
  11. 2 Common Redshank
  12. 1 Zebra Dove
  13. 20 Pink-necked Pigeon
  14. 1 Asian Koel - Heard
  15. 5 dark swiftlet sp.
  16. 1 Stork-billed Kingfisher - Heard
  17. 4 Collared Kingfisher
  18. 4 Common Iora
  19. 4 Black-naped Oriole
  20. 10 House Crow
  21. 3 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  22. 4 Ashy Tailorbird
  23. 1 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  24. 1 Asian Glossy Starling - Heard
  25. 2 Javan Myna
  26. 2 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  27. 2 Copper-throated Sunbird - A pair
  28. 2 Olive-backed Sunbird

SBG, Bishan, SBWR 14Apr18

From KH

Con, Danny and I went to the Botanic Gardens. The Band-bellied Crake is still around, showing off its bands!


Asian Palm-swifts were circling the Learning Forest ponds.


Their cousins, the unidentifiable Aerodramus swiftlets were accompanying them.


The Brown-throated Sunbirds (female left, male right) were easier to identify, although people do confuse them with the next species.


The Olive-backed Sunbirds are smaller than the former. They also have a longer, more decurved bill. The male (right) has a different colour combination from the former, while the female (left) has a clear demarcation between the olive upper and the yellow under.


A Clouded Monitor was sunning itself and showing off the nostril that is midway between the eye and the mouth tip, a key distinguishing feature from the Common Water Monitor.


  1. 10 Red Junglefowl (Domestic type)
  2. 1 Red-legged Crake - Adult
  3. 1 White-breasted Waterhen
  4. 1 Band-bellied Crake
  5. 4 Spotted Dove
  6. 10 Pink-necked Pigeon
  7. 5 dark swiftlet sp.
  8. 5 Asian Palm-Swift - Circling
  9. 2 Lineated Barbet
  10. 1 Banded Woodpecker
  11. 1 Common Flameback
  12. 4 Long-tailed Parakeet
  13. 4 Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
  14. 4 Black-naped Oriole
  15. 2 Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
  16. 4 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  17. 1 Olive-winged Bulbul - Heard
  18. 2 Common Tailorbird
  19. 2 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler - Heard
  20. 1 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  21. 30 Asian Glossy Starling
  22. 1 Common Hill Myna - Heard
  23. 1 Common Myna
  24. 10 Javan Myna
  25. 1 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  26. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird
  27. 4 Olive-backed Sunbird
  28. 2 Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Next, we went to Bishan Park. The Chinese Pond-herons were in breeding colours.


Somebody released a bunch of African Sharptooth Walking Catfish into the river. The cichlids swimming around them are also non-native...


  1. 2 Red Junglefowl (Domestic type)
  2. 2 Yellow Bittern
  3. 1 Purple Heron
  4. 2 Chinese Pond-Heron
  5. 1 White-breasted Waterhen
  6. 2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  7. 1 Spotted Dove
  8. 2 Zebra Dove
  9. 1 Asian Koel
  10. 2 Sunda Woodpecker
  11. 3 Common Iora
  12. 2 Pied Triller
  13. 1 Brown Shrike
  14. 2 Black-naped Oriole
  15. 1 Malaysian Pied-Fantail
  16. 2 House Crow
  17. 2 Pacific Swallow
  18. 5 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  19. 1 Common Tailorbird
  20. 1 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  21. 5 Javan Myna
  22. 1 Olive-backed Sunbird
  23. 1 Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  24. 5 Scaly-breasted Munia

Serangoon Reservoir 13Apr18

From KH

  1. 1 Yellow Bittern
  2. 1 Striated Heron
  3. 1 White-breasted Waterhen
  4. 2 Spotted Dove
  5. 4 Pink-necked Pigeon
  6. 2 Asian Koel
  7. 5 dark swiftlet sp.
  8. 1 Collared Kingfisher - Heard
  9. 1 Blue-throated Bee-eater
  10. 1 Sunda Woodpecker
  11. 1 Golden-bellied Gerygone - Heard
  12. 1 Black-naped Oriole - Heard
  13. 1 Malaysian Pied-Fantail - Heard
  14. 1 House Crow
  15. 2 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  16. 1 Ashy Tailorbird - Heard
  17. 2 Oriental White-eye
  18. 2 Asian Brown Flycatcher
  19. 3 Asian Glossy Starling
  20. 12 Javan Myna
  21. 1 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker - Heard
  22. 4 Olive-backed Sunbird
  23. 1 Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Republic Crescent 09-11Apr18

From KH

  1. 1 Spotted Dove
  2. 3 Zebra Dove
  3. 2 Pink-necked Pigeon
  4. 3 Little Bronze-Cuckoo - Singing and displaying
  5. 1 Asian Koel - Heard
  6. 10 dark swiftlet sp.
  7. 4 Collared Kingfisher
  8. 1 Sunda Woodpecker - Heard
  9. 1 Laced Woodpecker - Heard
  10. 2 Common Flameback - A pair
  11. 1 Rufous Woodpecker - Heard
  12. 3 Long-tailed Parakeet
  13. 1 Golden-bellied Gerygone - Heard
  14. 4 Common Iora
  15. 5 Black-naped Oriole
  16. 2 House Crow
  17. 1 Pacific Swallow
  18. 3 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  19. 2 Common Tailorbird
  20. 10 Asian Glossy Starling
  21. 4 Common Myna - 2 pairs
  22. 10 Javan Myna
  23. 3 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  24. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird
  25. 4 Olive-backed Sunbird
  26. 1 Baya Weaver

Punggol Park 08Apr18

From KH

Water Monitor feasting on a bird.

  1. 1 Striated Heron
  2. 2 Asian Koel
  3. 1 Collared Kingfisher
  4. 1 Blue-throated Bee-eater
  5. 1 Black-naped Oriole
  6. 1 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  7. 2 Javan Myna
  8. 2 Olive-backed Sunbird

Singapore Strait 08Apr18

From KH

Seetoh organised this trip where we took one boat out. Today, there were only terns, like these Black-naped Terns on the red buoy and this Bridled Tern in flight.



On Pulau Jong, we had a pair of Great-billed Herons and White-bellied Sea-eagles.



  1. 3 Gray Heron
  2. 2 Great-billed Heron - A pair on P. Jong
  3. 1 Changeable Hawk-Eagle
  4. 1 Brahminy Kite
  5. 2 White-bellied Sea-Eagle - A pair on P. Jong
  6. 2 Bridled Tern
  7. 3 Aleutian Tern
  8. 1 White-winged Tern
  9. 22 Black-naped Tern
  10. 3 Pied Imperial-Pigeon
  11. 20 dark swiftlet sp.
  12. 1 House Swift - Off Sisters' Island
  13. 2 Barn Swallow

When we landed on Pulau Hantu, we saw some fisherman with these pretty fish. For dinner?


Anchor Tuskfish (Choerodon anchorago)


Spanish Flag Snapper (Lutjanus carponotatus)

It was great to know the Mangrove Whistler was back on Pulau Hantu singing away!
  1. 1 Great-billed Heron
  2. 2 Brahminy Kite
  3. 1 Asian Koel - Male
  4. 2 Collared Kingfisher
  5. 1 Golden-bellied Gerygone - Heard
  6. 1 Mangrove Whistler - Singing
  7. 1 Tiger Shrike
  8. 1 Malaysian Pied-Fantail
  9. 2 Large-billed Crow
  10. 2 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  11. 1 Ashy Tailorbird
  12. 1 Oriental Magpie-Robin - Male
  13. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird - A pair