Monday, 20 November 2017

Singapore Strait 14Oct17

From KH
Con, Danny, JS and I joined this pelagic organized by Seetoh and Francis.

A couple of Cattle Egrets accompanied us as we cleared customs off Sisters' Island.

The bird of the day - Arctic Skua.

It was terns galore. Here're some of them.

Aleutian Tern

Lesser and Great Crested Terns for comparison

Little Tern

The pelagic won't be complete at this time of the year without Swinhoe's Storm-petrels.

A panting Oriental Honey-buzzard crossing the Strait to go further south.

Glad to end the day with a mixed pod of dolphins - Indo-Pacific Bottlenose and Indo-Pacific Humpback.

  1. Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel 8
  2. Grey Heron 1
  3. Cattle Egret 2
  4. Oriental Honey-buzzard 1
  5. Japanese Sparrowhawk 2
  6. Brahminy Kite 3
  7. Oriental Pratincole 48
  8. Parasitic Jaeger 1
  9. Bridled Tern 15
  10. Aleutian Tern 2
  11. Little Tern 8
  12. Black-naped Tern 5
  13. Great Crested Tern 40
  14. Lesser Crested Tern 20
  15. Pacific Swift 8
  16. Barn Swallow 25
  17. swiftlet spp. 25

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Rifle Range, SBWR 07Oct17

From KH
Con, Danny and I spent the morning at Jelutong Tower. Seetoh was there too. Great to get a Tweeddale morph torquatus Oriental Honey-buzzard.

It was thermaling with an orientalis.

Not to lose out the resident Changeable Hawk-eagle and Brahminy Kite came together to put on a show.

There were so many butterflies today!


Tree Nymph. Chocolate Sailor

Colour Sergeants (male left, female right)

Female Purple Duke. Lascar

Spotted Black Crow

After lunch, Con left and, JS & BJ joined us at the new Sungei Buloh. While waiting for Danny to pick up the lovebirds, a pair of juvenile Yellow-vented Bulbuls entertained me.

The highlight at Eagle Point was a juvenile Brahminy Kite hoping to steal an Osprey's fresh catch!

The fishes were out in full force! Look over here juvy Brahminy...

Mullets. A single Stripe-nosed Halfbeak with Kops' Glass Perchlets

Spotted Scats. Spottail Needlefish

Here's a male Common Dasher (Potamarcha congener). The female lacks the blue thorax, but has yellow stripes on it instead.

Other insects include this white-handed fly and this grasshopper Nisitrus vittatus.

A Green Crested Lizard put on quite a pose.

When we thought raptor watching is over, an adult Grey-headed Fish-eagle and a juvenile Japanese Sparrowhwk flew overhead.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Changi, Halus, Bishan 23Sep17

From KH
Danny, JS, CH and I started the day at Changi coastal road, and found 3 Gull-billed Terns!

Gull-billed Tern flying away

Glad to know the Malaysian Plovers were still around.

Malaysian Plovers: left female, right male

Face-off between a family of Smooth Otters and the dogs!

Smooth Otters standing up against the dogs

Moving on to Halus, CH showed us a small pond that was fenced up. Today, there were Lesser Whistling-ducks, Grey Heron and Yellow Bittern in it.

4 Lesser Whistling-ducks and a Grey Heron

Lastly, we headed to Bishan Park. There were a few Daurian Starlings mixing with Asian Glossy Starlings.

Daurian Starling

There were at least 4 Purple Heron nests here.

Purple Heron nesting

Lastly, a confiding White-throated Kingfisher to round up the day's birding.

White-throated Kingfisher

Singapore Strait 17Sep17

Con joined the NSS pelagic today.
From Con
About 12 Swinhoe's Storm-petrels, 40 or more Aleutian Terns, dozen or so Bridled Terns, great & lesser crested terns, little tern, 1 male Japanese Sparrowhawk, 1 Pacific Golden Plover.

Johor 09-10Sep17

From KH
Con, Danny and I went birding in Johor. Oriental Bay Owl and Malayan Banded Pitta heard at Arong.

Maroon-breasted Philentoma

Blyth's Paradise-flycatcher. Male Red-throated Sunbird


Sunday, 24 September 2017

SBWR 01Sep17

From KH
Con, Danny, JS, BJ and I went to Sungei Buloh today.

Grey Heron and Painted Stork face-off

One of three Estuarine Crocodiles seen today

American Bullfrog - an invasive species

Mayan Cichlids - another invasive species