Sunday, 31 January 2016
Rifle Range, Bidadari, Pulau Punggol 9Jan16
Today, Danny and JS started at Rifle Range and JS still couldn't tick off the Blue-rumped parrot! Later, they went Bidadari and Pulau Punggol, but there wasn't any special birds reported. Con joined them at Bidadari.
Pulau Punggol, Halus, Tuas 2Jan16
Danny, JS and I started the day's birding at Pulau Punggol, while Con was at Tuas continuing his quest for the almost invisible Lanceolated warbler.
Besides a small flock of White-shouldered starlings with their Daurian cousins, the other interesting bird here was a weaver, likely of African origin, which we are unsure of its identity.
At Halus, we flushed some Savanna nightjars and Pintail/Swinhoe's snipes from the reed beds. Then, when we were about to drive off, 3 Jerdon's bazas showed up in the old grebe pond vicinity.
Turut Track, CCK Park, Tuas 1Jan16
No goose at Turut Track, usual birds, reed warblers and a far away Black-capped kingfisher.
Late morning, there was a Yellow-browed warbler at CCK Park.
LCH found a somewhat friendlier Lanceolated warbler at Tuas today. I went over this afternoon. It did pop out once briefly and I got nice view but no photo.
Sunday, 10 January 2016
Bidadari, Saddle Club, Duxton 26Dec15
Started early at Bidadari with Danny. We saw an adult Malayan Night-heron. Very skittish, kept flushing as we got closer.
After Con joined us, we got an adult White-rumped Shama and a roosting Grey Nightjar.
We surveyed Saddle Club at Bt Timah for Straw-headed Bulbul for Noah Strycker's World Big Year, but it wasn't there.
After lunch, Danny and I went to Duxton for the Blue Rock-thrush philippensis subspecies. I saw it at about 4 pm. It was very skittish. Danny missed it, but he has ticked this species before.
Raptors for the day:
- 1 OHB pale immature orientalis, 1 Black Baza at Bidadari
- 1 OHB pale male orientalis over Saddle Club
- 1 OHB dark orientalis over Duxton
2 Black bazas, 1 Chinese sparrowhawk (juvenile with falconry jesses).
Rounding a bend, I came into the blind spot of this Black baza on a dead branch. Then it turned its head, thought for a few seconds and decided to fly into the foliage of the next tree.
Black baza front view. This BB was on another dead branch. Slowly stepping 3 feet to the right of the foliage that acted as a screen between us, the bird remained there as i snapped away, having the luxury of time to try different +/- EV combinations to compensate for the bright clouds behind. When the bird decided to fly, it flew towards and over me, not away!