Friday, July 27, 2012

Labrador Park 22Jul12

From Danny

This breeding season looks like belong to the WBSE, I was at Labrador boardwalk on Sunday checking out the WBSE nest which I have been monitoring but couldn't confirm any success until that late morning. A pair of twin seen in the nest, much younger than the pair at CCK and likely to fledge in late Aug or early Sept. Two pairs of twin so far this season. The pair at CCK feed on fresh water fish while this pair on sea water fish.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

CCK Park 18Jul12

From Danny

This evening while at CCK Park around 6.55 pm, saw one of the twin juvenile WBSE flew in from the direction of the Tengeh Reservoir. About 5 min later found both juveniles perched at one of the radio tower while both adults perched a distance away on another tower. Glad to known one of the juveniles has almost fully fledged able to fly away from the nesting tree though still return to roost in the evening. On the other hand the less adventurous twin still hovering around the nesting tree, likely fully fledged in August.

As for the juvenile CHE still calling at the Condo end of the CCK Park with both adults still dropping by flying in from the direction of Mandai Hill Camp.
Sungei Pandan, Poyan 15Jul12

From Danny

Went to Sungei Pandan late morning, as it was rising tide went to the National Rowing Center side. No Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo but clearly heard a Mangrove Whistler, try to whistle and play-back but bird refuse to show. Tide rising, didn't bash in.

1) Mangrove Whistler - 1 heard
2) Pied Imperial-pigeon - 1
3) WBSE - 1
4) Brahminy Kite - 1
5) Common Iora >3
6) Large-billed Crow - 2
7) House Crow > 3
8) Ashy Tailorbird - 1, heard many
9) Common Tailorbird - 1
10) Black-naped Oriole >3
11) PNGP >3
12) Spotted Dove >3
13) Little Bronze-cuckoo - heard
14) OB Sunbird >3
15) Brown throated sunbird - 1
16) Asian Glossy Starling >3
17) Pacific Swallow > 3
18) Zebra Dove - 1
19) Collared Kingfisher - 3
20) Javan Myna >3

I went down to Poyan around 5.30 pm via the NSA gate, no Blue-winged Pitta calls, tried a few rounds of play-back, no response. Went over to the grassland on the side of NSA range to check out any Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo but no success, only bird of interest was a House Swift other than the usual birds. Around 6.30 pm as I was walking out, the Pitta started calling though a little distance away. Tried two rounds of play-back, the responses remain far off. Decided to head home. While I was driving out, the calls became nearer, back tracked and locate calls from the wooded area (Muslim cemetery) where we seen the BF Owls.

Serangoon Tidal Gates 11Jul12

From Con
Think I finally got the Streaked Weaver. There was a male feeding a juvenile at the patch of rice nearer to the entrance gate. I couldn’t ID the female if she was there. Further up closer to the barrage there were some very clear Baya Weavers and some other weavers of less clear plumage.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Serangoon, Poyan 08Jul12

Nothing unusual at Serangoon, but Con and Danny got a pair of Blue-winged Pittas at Poyan again.

Serangoon Poyan
1 Red Junglefowl 1
2 Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker 5 1
3 Banded Woodpecker 2
4 Common Goldenback 2 3
5 Lineated Barbet 3
6 Oriental Dollarbird 2
7 Stork-billed Kingfisher 1
8 White-throated Kingfisher 6 1
9 Collared Kingfisher 4 2
10 Blue-throated Bee-eater 2 4
11 Rusty-breasted Cuckoo 1
12 Little Bronze-cuckoo 1
13 Asian Koel 4
14 Chestnut-bellied Malkoha 1
15 Lesser Coucal 1
16 Rose-ringed Parakeet 1
17 Red-breasted Parakeet 14
18 Long-tailed Parakeet 14
19 Swiftlet spp. 26 25
20 Common Pigeon 11
21 Spotted Dove 12 29
22 Common Emerald Dove 2
23 Zebra Dove 3 1
24 Pink-necked Green Pigeon 2 8
25 Green Pigeon sp. 1
26 White-breasted Waterhen 2 4
27 Red-wattled Lapwing 2
28 Little Tern 2
29 Black-winged Kite 1
30 Brahminy Kite 1 1
31 White-bellied Sea Eagle 2
32 Changeable Hawk-eagle 1 2
33 Grey Heron 1
34 Purple Heron 1
35 Striated Heron 11
36 Blue-winged Pitta 2
37 Golden-bellied Gerygone 2
38 House Crow 4
39 Black-naped Oriole 5 10
40 Pied Triller 2
41 Pied Fantail 4
42 Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 5
43 Common Iora 12 6
44 Oriental Magpie-robin 1
45 Asian Glossy Starling 7 17
46 Common Myna 1
47 White-vented Myna 35 30
48 Pacific Swallow 8 11
49 Straw-headed Bulbul 2
50 Sooty-headed Bulbul 5
51 Yellow-vented Bulbul 14 19
52 Yellow-bellied Prinia 6 1
53 Oriental White-eye 8
54 Common Tailorbird 8 1
55 Dark-necked Tailorbird 1
56 Ashy Tailorbird 7
57 White-crested Laughingthrush 4
58 Striped Tit-babbler 2
59 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 2 1
60 Brown-throated Sunbird 5 2
61 Olive-backed Sunbird 13 3
62 Crimson Sunbird 1
63 Eurasian Tree Sparrow 19
64 Paddyfield Pipit 1 1
65 Baya Weaver 3
Total Species 41 48
Total No. 272 246

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Halus, Marina Barrage 07Jul12

From KH
Danny and I went to Halus hoping to see the Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo and Streaked Weaver. We dipped at the cuckoo, but got the weaver.

Male Streaked Weaver feeding juvenile in the foreground.

Female Streaked Weaver on the right appears smaller than the female Baya Weavers.

Other birds of note at Halus are the escapees: Yellow-fronted Canary, Bronze Munia, Golden-backed Weaver, Sooty-headed Bulbul and the residents: Little Tern, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Little Grebe, Greater Coucal, Long-tailed Shrike, Pied Triller, Changeable Hawk Eagle (2 pale, 1 dark).

After lunch, we went to Marina Barrage and Bay East Garden. Barn Owl was nowhere to be found. But there were tons of Olive-backed Sunbirds. Then we came to a tree bustling with activities.

Besides the ever-present sunbirds, there were also three Javan Munias

and a family of Common Ioras. The female is feeding the juvenile, while the male was minding its own business.

Other birds of note at Marina are Oriental White-eye, Little Bronze-cuckoo (heard), Long-tailed Shrike. We ended the walk with a surprising dark morph Pacific Reef-egret at the Barrage.

Sulawesi 21Jun-2Jul12

Con went to Sulawesi (Tangkoko and Lore Lindu) and got 64 lifers with 52 being endemics!
CCK Park 1Jul12

From Danny

On 1st July late afternoon, checked out the WBSE, found the more active juvenile perched over at the long-girders tower in the camp. When one of the adult flew in with fish, the 2nd juvenile responded to the calls and flew in from the nesting tree. Expect fully fledged by August.

Finally get to see clearly the CHE family. Juvenile is a pale morph and parent, one pale and one dark morph. One of the adults(pale morph) flew in with clear ringing calls and prey. The juvenile hawk responded with string of shrill calls but refused to leave it comfort zone as both adults flew away and perched at edges of the wooded area. Probably another month before fully fledged. This is unlike the juvenile at Mt Faber which has fully fledged and left the comfort zone around the Danish seaman church.

Earlier on 17 Jun, Danny reported:

The twin WBSE chicks are doing well taking short flights and will likely fully fledged by end of the month. First record for CCK park, a juvenile CHE has fledged but remain within the neighourhood. Similarly another juvenile CHE at Mount Faber has fledged but remains within vicinity of the adult.
Japan 1Jul12

From Yamane

I visited my favourite place in this morning. When I reached the place, a birdwatcher said JPF’s chicks are already out of the nest. Fortunately I could find a JPF family later. In this time, I could not take photos of JPF. I only had the observation of them. The parents were busy in feeding the chicks. But there were many JPF HUNTERs with bazookas.

Date : 1 JUL. 2012 Mon. 6:50~11:00 am (Japan time)
Weather : Cloudy
Place : The upper stream of Morito River (Zushi City, Kanagawa)

Chinese Bamboo Partridge
Japanese Green Woodpecker
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker
Little Cuckoo
Common Kingfisher
Barn Swallow
Brown-eared Bulbul
Blue-and-white Flycatcher 4mailes 1 couple (male & female)
Narcissus Flycatcher
Japanese Paradise Flycatcher
Eastern Crowned Willow Warbler
Asian Stubtail
Japanese Bush Warbler
Japanese White-eye
Great Tit
Varied Tit
Oriental Greenfinch
Tree Sparrow
Jungle Crow

I attached the chicks of Barn Swallows at Zushi station. I found them on the way, after getting off a bus. I found 2 nests. Very cute! But the parents are very busy!


Suddenly! Hungry!!!

The parent came with the food!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Japan 17Jun12

From Yamane

I gave up meeting JPF last weekend. Last Sunday, I tried to see Barn Swallow’s nest in the subway station. The station is near my place. But I don’t use it usually, because I pass by here by bus. As expected, they are breeding there. It seemed to be their 2nd breeding in this season. One swallow seemed to be incubating eggs. It seemed female. Another swallow came in and went out many times. It seemed male.

The nest is on the wall near the entrance.

The station officers are watching over them.

This board on the wall. The officers are informing... “Notice. Also in this year, Swallows came back. We worry they will give you some troubles for the present, please keep your eyes on them kindly. Please be careful, overhead.”

Near the place, there were many hydrangeas.

Singapore Strait 16Jun12

Con and Danny were on this pelagic trip with Colin et al.

From Colin

On Sat 16th June an NParks sponsored boat went to the vicinity of Horsburgh lighthouse at the eastern end of the Singapore Strait primarily to assess the state of the tern populations.

We recorded the following:
Bridled Tern - c.50 around the lighthouse, an under-estimate as these were primarily birds in flight and many birds were sat on the rocks presumably nesting.
Crested (Swift) Tern - 108 (counted from photos), all in different states of non-breeding plumage and the majority roosting on the Malaysian rocks to the south of the lighthouse.
Lesser Crested Tern - 6 non-breeding plumage birds roosting with some of the above on the lighthouse jetty.
Black-naped Tern - 18
Swiftlet sp. - c.10 around the lighthouse buildings, including birds apparently entering the buildings.

Most surprising above was the numbers of large sternas, which as far as I can ascertain have never been recorded in such numbers in the summer months before around Singapore or the east coast of Pen. Malaysia.

Other than the above the seas were very quiet (with just Little Tern added to the above list), and the only other observation of note was a flock of 8 Pied Imperial-pigeons that flew south over Sisters Islands towards Indonesia soon after dawn. I wonder where they were from or going to?
Changi 15Jun12

From Con

Not great pictures, but at least I have finally broken my long time jinx and photographed a Ruddy-breasted Crake this morning at Changi reclaimed land.

Seen at Changi this morning: Red-wattled Lapwing.
Sydney, Blue Mountains 30May-5Jun12

From KH

Went to Sydney and Blue Mountains for holiday and did some birding. Got a total of 69 species and 9 lifers: Chestnut Teal, Superb Lyrebird, Satin Bowerbird, Brown Treecreeper, Variegated Fairy-wren, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Striated Thornbill, Eastern Whipbird and Golden Whistler.

The Black Swan (left) and Australian Woodduck (right) are both common endemics.

The Chestnut Teal is another endemic duck - male left, female right.

The Pacific Black Duck, a common distinctive duck, is shown here behind a Dusky Moorhen.

The Australasian Grebe (left) found in freshwater bodies, while the Australasian Gannet (right) is pelagic.

The Little Black Cormorant (left) and Pied Cormorant (right) are common in freshwater bodies. We also saw Little Pied Cormorants.

The last cormorant we got was Great Cormorant, shown hereon the left of an Australian Pelican.

White-faced Heron (left) and Australian White Ibis (right) are common.

Brown Falcon (left) and Nankeen Kestrel (right) are common raptors.

Australasian Swamphen (top left), Dusky Moorhen (top right with chick) and Eurasian Coot (bottom) are common members of the rail family.

There are two species of oystercatchers - the endemic Sooty Oystercatcher (left) and the native Pied Oystercatcher (right).

Masked Lapwing (left) and Silver Gull (right) are common Australian birds.

The Crested Pigeon (top left) is endemic, while the Feral Pigeon (top right) and Spotted Dove (bottom) are introduced.

This is a Laughing Kookaburra despite the blue on the wing.

Birds from the parrot family: Galah (top left), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (top right), Crimson Rosella (bottom left), Rainbow Lorikeet (bottom right).

The Superb Lyrebird is a great mimic of other bird calls.

One of my favourite birds, Satin Bowerbird (left male, right female).

Two endemics: Brown Treecreeper (left) and Superb Fairywren (right, female).

Little Wattlebird (left) and Red Wattlerbird (right).

New Holland Honeyeater (top left), Noisy Miner (top right) and the endemic Yellow-throated Scrubwren (bottom)

Eastern Whipbird - left male, right female

The endemic Grey Butcherbird (left) and Pied Butcherbird (right) are very similar, but differ by the extend and depth of the black coloration

Australian Magpie (left), a very common Australian bird; and the endemic Pied Currawong (right), which is not so common.

Two greyish birds: White-bellied Cuckooshrike (left) and Grey Shrikethrush (right).

Two yellowish birds: Golden Whistler (left) and Eastern Yellow Robin (right).

Two very common black-and-white Australian birds: Willie Wagtail (left) and Magpie Lark (right).

The Australian Raven is an endemic crow.


The Bassian Thrush (left) is an endemic thrush, while the Common Blackbird (right) is introduced.

Other introduced birds: Common Myna (left) and House Sparrow (right).

Whale Spout!

Hopping marsupials: Eastern Grey Kangaroo (left) and Red-necked Wallaby (right).

Other mammals: Brown Antechinus (left) and Grey-headed Flying Fox (right)

Some Reptiles: Elegant Snake-eyed Skink (left) and Eastern Water Dragon (right).

The Australian Longfin Eel can be found along the whole Eastern coast of Australia.