Sunday, October 21, 2018

Punggol Waterway Park Oct18

From KH

Some wild birds here.


Japanese Sparrowhawk


White-bellied Sea-eagles (immature left, adult right)


White-breasted waterhens (chick left, adult right)

Bumped into a group of "parrot-flyers". They brought their macaws, grey parrots and sun conures out for "flight drills". Amazingly, these birds (or most of them) will fly back to the owners after their drills! I was told some enjoy their freedom so much that they refused to return, but the owners just have to try the next day to get it back, usually with success. So if you happened to see huge parrots flying around in Singapore, this is the reason.


"Parrot-flyers"


African Grey Parrot


Blue-and-gold Macaw. Red-and-green Macaw


Sun Conure


Scarlet and Blue-and-gold free flying


Sun Conure dwarfed by Scarlet Macaw (front) and Red-and-green Macaw

A couple of duckies thrown in for good measure.


  1. 1 Red Junglefowl (Domestic type) - Male
  2. 10 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  3. 8 Spotted Dove
  4. 3 Zebra Dove
  5. 1 Pink-necked Pigeon
  6. 2 Asian Koel
  7. 20 dark swiftlet sp.
  8. 4 White-breasted Waterhen - Pair with chicks
  9. 1 Schrenck's Bittern - Female/juvenile
  10. 1 Changeable Hawk-Eagle - Pale
  11. 1 Japanese Sparrowhawk
  12. 2 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  13. 1 White-throated Kingfisher
  14. 1 Collared Kingfisher
  15. 5 Blue-tailed Bee-eater
  16. 1 Dollarbird
  17. 1 Lineated Barbet - Heard
  18. 1 Sunda Woodpecker - Heard
  19. 1 Commoon Flameback
  20. 2 Rose-ringed Parakeet
  21. 10 Red-breasted Parakeet
  22. 2 Long-tailed Parakeet
  23. 1 Golden-bellied Gerygone - Heard
  24. 1 Common Iora
  25. 2 Long-tailed Shrike
  26. 3 Black-naped Oriole
  27. 1 House Crow
  28. 5 Barn Swallow
  29. 2 Pacific Swallow
  30. 2 Sooty-headed Bulbul
  31. 5 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  32. 1 Common Tailorbird - Heard
  33. 3 Oriental White-eye
  34. 3 Asian Brown Flycatcher
  35. 1 Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
  36. 1 Oriental Magpie-Robin - Female
  37. 3 Asian Glossy Starling
  38. 1 Common Hill Myna - Heard
  39. 10 Common Myna
  40. 15 Javan Myna
  41. 2 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  42. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird
  43. 2 Olive-backed Sunbird
  44. 3 Paddyfield Pipit
  45. 1 Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Henderson Waves 20Oct18

From KH

Con, Danny and I went to Henderson Waves. Here's the whole crew of raptor watchers. ©Con Foley


The highlights were a couple of Asian House Martins, spotted by none other than Martin himself! ©Con Foley


This adult pale Changeable Hawk-eagle came close. ©Tan KH


But this dark Changeable Hawk-eagle was far far away. ©Tan KH


This male Oriental Honey-buzzard of the orientalis subspecies wasn't close, but enough to see the prominent tail bands. ©Tan KH


This Japanese Sparrowhawk was close enough to shown its 5 fingers with long outer P5. ©Tan KH


An Aberrant Oakblue (Arhopala abseus abseus) thrown in for good measure.


Martin was the main counter here today. The list below is from him.
  1. 1 Red Junglefowl
  2. 12 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  3. 20 Pink-necked Pigeon
  4. 1 Asian Koel
  5. 80 dark swiftlet sp.
  6. 8 Pacific Swift
  7. 4 House Swift
  8. 1 Gray-rumped Treeswift
  9. 2 Purple Heron
  10. 11 Oriental Honey-buzzard
  11. 4 Changeable Hawk-Eagle
  12. 2 Crested Goshawk
  13. 2 Chinese Sparrowhawk
  14. 7 Japanese Sparrowhawk
  15. 4 Brahminy Kite
  16. 3 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  17. 1 White-throated Kingfisher
  18. 9 Blue-throated Bee-eater
  19. 15 Blue-tailed Bee-eater
  20. 1 Dollarbird
  21. 1 Lineated Barbet
  22. 2 Tanimbar Corella
  23. 2 Rose-ringed Parakeet
  24. 3 Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
  25. 4 Black-naped Oriole
  26. 40 Barn Swallow
  27. 12 Pacific Swallow
  28. 12 Red-rumped Swallow
  29. 2 Asian House-Martin
  30. 2 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  31. 2 Common Tailorbird
  32. 1 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
  33. 1 Asian Brown Flycatcher
  34. 40 Asian Glossy Starling
  35. 12 Daurian Starling
  36. 6 Javan Myna
  37. 2 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  38. 6 Olive-backed Sunbird
  39. 2 Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  40. 1 Paddyfield Pipit

Kranji Nature Trail 20Oct18

From JS

Did my nparks census today. Nothing much. Just the usual migrants. Arctic and eastern crowned warblers. Asian brown and yellow-rumped flycatchers.

We did see an immature Chinese sparrowhawk.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Singapore Strait 13Oct18

From KH

Danny, JS and I joined this pelagic trip organised by Martin. The tern numbers were still good, but the storm-petrel numbers have dropped significantly.

We counted 24 Aleutian Terns! Here are some of them:


Bridled Tern with swallowing fish while in flight.


The one and only Common Tern on this trip - of the longipennis subspecies.


Yellow for Great Crested Tern and orange for Lesser Crested Tern.


Swinhoe's Storm-petrel resting on the sea.


  1. 24 dark swiftlet sp.
  2. 116 Bridled Tern
  3. 24 Aleutian Tern
  4. 1 Little Tern
  5. 1 Common Tern
  6. 54 Great Crested Tern
  7. 20 Lesser Crested Tern
  8. 16 Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel
  9. 1 Little Egret
  10. 15 white egret sp.
  11. 1 Gray Heron
  12. 2 Brahminy Kite
  13. 2 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  14. 13 Barn Swallow

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sungei Buloh 06Oct18

From KH

After lunch, I went to old Sungei Buloh.

The Marsh Sandpipers were around.


So were Common Greenshanks.


And Common Redshanks.


These Whimbrels were mindful of the Water Monitor.


Little Egrets were flying away.


And then standing out the rain with a Great Egret.


A Grey Heron.


And some free-ranging Milky Storks (left) and Painted Storks (right).


This male Banded Skimmer (Pseudothemis jorina) is a very distinctive dragonfly.


  1. 26 Pink-necked Pigeon
  2. 1 dark swiftlet sp.
  3. 1 White-breasted Waterhen
  4. 20 Pacific Golden-Plover
  5. 55 Whimbrel
  6. 1 Common Sandpiper
  7. 5 Common Greenshank
  8. 5 Marsh Sandpiper
  9. 45 Common Redshank
  10. 10 Milky Stork
  11. 10 Painted Stork
  12. 5 Milky x Painted Stork (hybrid)
  13. 4 Gray Heron
  14. 2 Great Egret
  15. 20 Little Egret
  16. 1 Collared Kingfisher
  17. 1 Common Iora
  18. 2 Black-naped Oriole
  19. 20 House Crow
  20. 1 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  21. 7 Asian Glossy Starling

Kranji Marsh 06Oct18

From KH

Danny, JS and wife, and I were at Kranji Marsh in the morning, and we bumped into Martin there.

The highlight today was a single Lesser Adjutant flying southwest as we were heading out, and so JS finally got his SG tick.


A female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher was showing us why it is so called.


Then a struggling Mayfly caught our attention.


This dead Red-tailed Pipe Snake was pointed out to us by Martin.


  1. 5 Spotted Dove
  2. 1 Asian Emerald Dove
  3. 2 Zebra Dove
  4. 3 Pink-necked Pigeon
  5. 2 Lesser Coucal
  6. 2 Asian Koel
  7. 1 Little Bronze-Cuckoo - Heard
  8. 50 dark swiftlet sp.
  9. 1 Slaty-breasted Rail - Heard
  10. 2 White-breasted Waterhen
  11. 40 Pacific Golden-Plover
  12. 31 Red-wattled Lapwing
  13. 4 White-winged Tern
  14. 3 Whiskered Tern
  15. 1 Lesser Adjutant - flying SW
  16. 1 Purple Heron
  17. 1 Intermediate Egret
  18. 5 Cattle Egret
  19. 1 Osprey
  20. 1 Black-winged Kite
  21. 4 Changeable Hawk-Eagle - 3 pale, 1 dark
  22. 2 Brahminy Kite
  23. 3 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  24. 1 Gray-headed Fish-Eagle
  25. 1 Common Kingfisher
  26. 2 Stork-billed Kingfisher
  27. 1 White-throated Kingfisher
  28. 1 Collared Kingfisher - Heard
  29. 4 Blue-throated Bee-eater
  30. 5 Blue-tailed Bee-eater
  31. 2 Dollarbird
  32. 1 Lineated Barbet
  33. 2 Sunda Woodpecker
  34. 1 Rufous Woodpecker
  35. 1 Common Flameback - Heard
  36. 1 Laced Woodpecker - Heard
  37. 5 Red-breasted Parakeet
  38. 2 Long-tailed Parakeet
  39. 1 Golden-bellied Gerygone
  40. 5 Common Iora
  41. 5 Pied Triller
  42. 6 Brown Shrike
  43. 1 Long-tailed Shrike
  44. 4 Black-naped Oriole
  45. 1 Malaysian Pied-Fantail
  46. 1 Amur Paradise-Flycatcher
  47. 3 House Crow
  48. 2 Large-billed Crow
  49. 2 Barn Swallow
  50. 2 Pacific Swallow
  51. 1 Red-rumped Swallow
  52. 1 Straw-headed Bulbul - Heard
  53. 2 Red-whiskered Bulbul
  54. 6 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  55. 1 Black-browed Reed Warbler - Heard
  56. 1 Common Tailorbird
  57. 3 Ashy Tailorbird
  58. 1 Yellow-bellied Prinia - Heard
  59. 1 Zitting Cisticola
  60. 2 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
  61. 2 White-crested Laughingthrush - Heard
  62. 2 Asian Brown Flycatcher
  63. 4 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  64. 1 Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
  65. 20 Asian Glossy Starling
  66. 15 Daurian Starling
  67. 20 Javan Myna
  68. 3 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  69. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird
  70. 2 Olive-backed Sunbird
  71. 1 Crimson Sunbird
  72. 1 Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  73. 1 Paddyfield Pipit
  74. 1 Golden-backed Weaver
  75. 1 Common Waxbill
  76. 10 Scaly-breasted Munia
  77. 2 Chestnut Munia

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Singapore Strait 30Sep18

From KH

On the way to One Degree 15, I heard a Large-tailed Nightjar and a Sunda Scops-owl on Sentosa.

Out on sea, we got Swinhoe's Storm-petrels heading east, and Bridled Terns heading west.

As well as the usual cast of terns, like this Aleutian Tern,


and this Great Crested Tern.


The buoys, like this yellow buoy, is a good place to look for perched terns.


  1. 10 dark swiftlet sp.
  2. 82 Bridled Tern - East to West
  3. 10 Aleutian Tern
  4. 10 Little Tern
  5. 1 White-winged Tern
  6. 2 Black-naped Tern
  7. 2 Common Tern - longipennis
  8. 10 Great Crested Tern
  9. 20 Lesser Crested Tern
  10. 259 Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel - West to East
  11. 2 Accipiter sp.
  12. 1 Brahminy Kite
  13. 2 Tanimbar Corella
  14. 12 House Crow
  15. 1 Pacific Swallow
  16. 2 Asian Glossy Starling
  17. 5 Javan Myna