This blog records birding adventures of a not-so-secret group of Singapore birders. The main cast is Con Foley, Danny Lau, Lau Jia Sheng and Tan Kok Hui. We mainly bird in Singapore. We also occasionally bird around the world.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Mt Faber 20Mar16
Male Crested goshawk after mating with female, full of energy busy building up new nest alone at Earth Trail.
Danny and I spent the day chasing phantoms, namely Little green-pigeon at
Jelutong Tower and Lesser adjutant at Sungei Buloh and Neo Tiew.
Nicholas and See Toh were also at the tower. There were the usual resident flowerpeckers (Orange-bellied, Scarlet-backed), sunbirds (Crimson, Van Hasselt's, Brown-throated), bulbuls (Cream-vented, Olive-winged), mynas (Hill, Javan), Asian fairy-bluebirds, Blue-winged leafbirds, Greater racket-tailed drongos, Asian glossy starlings, Dark-necked tailorbirds, Dollarbirds, Plaintive cuckoo, Banded woodpecker, Long-tailed parakeets and lots of Pink-necked green-pigeons, but no Little green pigeon. Migrant-wise, we had an Asian brown flycatcher, an Oriental honey-buzzard and the migrant breeders, Blue-throated bee-eaters.
Left: Male Orange-bellied flowerpecker. Right: Male Pink-necked green-pigeon
The "bird" of the day was a 1.5-m-long Oriental whip snake, near Dillenia Hut.
Its lunch - a succulent Common house gecko - was hiding at Dillenia Hut!
Soon it was getting hot. See Toh, Danny and I headed for Sungei Buloh Eagle Point. There were not much bird activities at this time of the day, except for some Olive-backed sunbirds, Common ioras, Ashy tailorbirds, Spotted doves, Collared kingfishers,
Sunda woodpeckers, egrets (Little, Great), Common sandpipers and one Common greenshank. We ran into Francis, who was also looking for the adjutant.
Many Little egrets waiting for low tide to start feeding
Common sandpiper assuming breeding plumage
Spotted dove at Eagle Point with no eagle
Then, we had our minute of excitement as a faraway stork flew into view and
raise our hope for the adjutant. Alas, it turned out to be a Painted stork...
The highlight at Kingfisher Pod was a young Estuarine crocodile.
An Arctic warbler kept us busy for awhile as we were trying to turn it into something else.
Near the visitor centre, a male Laced woodpecker was busy drumming way.
After lunch at the new visitor centre, we decided to check out the newly-opened Kranji Mrash. The star here was of course the Black-backed swamphen. We saw a pair at the Swamphen Hide.
The Common moorhen seemed to prefer the Swamphen Hide rather than the Moorhen Hide.
This is the time of the year that both bee-eater species can be found in Singapore. Blue-tailed bee-eater (left) eating what else but a bee. "Don't steal my bee!" said the Blue-throated bee-eater (right).
Also showing was a Cinnmon Bittern.
Its relative, the Yellow bittern, was also round. The other birds here were Scaly-breasted munias, Baya weavers, Yellow-bellied prinias, Asian glossy starlings, tailorbirds (Ashy, Common), Spotted doves, cuckoos (Little bronze, Plaintive), and surprising a female Pin-tailed whydah. I hope NParks will control its population. We do not need another little Africa in Singapore!