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

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Seletar Dam, Seletar East, Halus 26Aug17

From KH
Con, Danny and I started the day at Seletar Dam. There were many waders, but mostly far away. They were Whimbrels, Common Greenshanks, Lesser Sand-plovers and Common Sandpipers. Then, a Changeable Hawk-eagle swooped past. Soon, we were joined by Low CH. One of the two Ospreys put on quite a show dangling a big fish high up on a tree. It was nice to see a Great-billed Heron here too.

With nothing much else happening here, we decided to adjourn to Seletar East woodlands.

A Dollarbird was looking down on us.


Scaly-breasted Munias were still building nest.


Once again nothing much else was happening here, so we decided to head for Halus. It was great to see the Little Grebes got another brood.

The Baya Weavers seemed to coexist very well with the introduced Golden-backed Weaver (lower right nest).


Finally, we had a Collared Kingfisher to round up the day's birding.

Panti 25Aug17

From Con
There is nothing like a Scarlet-rumped Trogon to brighten up your day!


Full list in eBird.

Pasir Ris Park 18Aug17

From Con
Looking for Brown-streaked Flycatcher.

From eBird:
  1. 1 Plaintive Cuckoo
  2. 1 Spotted Wood-Owl
  3. 2 dark swiftlet sp.
  4. 2 Gray-rumped Treeswift
  5. 1 White-throated Kingfisher
  6. 2 Collared Kingfisher
  7. 3 Sunda Woodpecker
  8. 2 Common Iora
  9. 1 Pied Triller
  10. 1 Black-naped Oriole
  11. 1 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  12. 2 Oriental White-eye
  13. 1 Brown-streaked Flycatcher
  14. 10 Javan Myna
  15. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird
  16. 2 Olive-backed Sunbird
  17. 4 Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Panti 12Aug17

From Con
Slow, quiet, then started to rain at 10:00 am. Full list in eBird.

Jurong Lake 06, 10Aug17

From Con
Waiting for White-rumped Munia.

6 Aug

  1. 6 Gray Heron
  2. 2 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  3. 2 Spotted Dove
  4. 2 Malaysian Pied-Fantail
  5. 1 Common Tailorbird
  6. 2 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  7. 6 Javan Myna
  8. 5 Scaly-breasted Munia
  9. 1 White-headed Munia

10 Aug

  1. 2 Gray Heron
  2. 1 Purple Heron
  3. 1 White-breasted Waterhen
  4. 2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  5. 1 Spotted Dove
  6. 2 Zebra Dove
  7. 1 White-throated Kingfisher
  8. 1 Coppersmith Barbet
  9. 2 Common Flameback
  10. 6 Long-tailed Parakeet
  11. 1 Black-naped Oriole
  12. 2 Malaysian Pied-Fantail
  13. 1 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  14. 1 Common Tailorbird
  15. 2 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  16. 4 Javan Myna
  17. 1 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  18. 1 Olive-backed Sunbird
  19. 8 Scaly-breasted Munia
  20. 2 White-headed Munia

SBWR 05Aug17

From JS
6 Common Greenshanks, 3 Common Redshanks and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Bulim, Jurong Lake 05Aug17

From KH
Danny and I checked out Bulim Ave for painted-snipes and wagtails, but there were only many Paddyfield Pipits.


After that, we headed for Chinese Garden, where Con was patiently waiting for the White-rumped Munia. The munia was a no-show, but there were other common birds to entertain us.


Juvenile Malaysian Pied-fantail.


White-breasted Waterhen with chick. The other parent not in frame.


Yellow-vented Bulbul couple.


Olive-backed Sunbird couple at the Heliconia area.


Rufous Woodpecker couple (the partner not in frame).


Oriental White-eye couple (the partner not in frame).


Female Oriental Magpie-robin.


Common doves of Singapore: Spotted Dove and Zebra Dove.


Common Myna


Common Snakehead in snipe pond.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Fraser's Hill, Bt Tinggi 02-03Aug17

From Con

2 Aug


Scaly-breasted Bulbul. The smallest of the bulbuls in SE Asia @ 14-16cm (much smaller than the common Yellow-vented Bulbul @ 19-20cm). Thanks to Mark Welfare found at about 1080 meters on Fraser's Hill (New Road) on fruiting trees.


Everett's White-eye, about 30 of them feeding almost constantly on the same "macaranga" trees as the Scaly-breasted Bulbuls. A real challenge to photograph, tiny and very active!


Leaf Insect. Another interesting Insect from Malaysia. This one from Fraser's Hill. Just about 2 inches long.


3 Aug


A couple of views of a day roosting Gould's Frogmouth (rufous morph).

Bukit Batok West 29Jul17

From KH
Con, Danny and I went to BBW today.


Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot feeding on African Tulip seed pod.


Used Changeable Hawk-eagle nest.


Pacific Swallows resting and preening.

Panti 22Jul17

From Con
Finsch's Bulbul (Alophoixus finschii) if seen well can not be confused with any other bulbul with it's bright pale yellow throat or "beard". Uncommon, but will come down to the roadside shrubs like Koster's Curse (Clidemia hirta) as this one did.


Male Red-naped trogon


Johor 15-16Jul17

From KH
Con, Danny, JS, BJ and I went on this trip.


Male Black-and-yellow Broadbill wears a necklace!


Blue-eared Barbet zoomed past.


Brown Fulvetta: usually seen in bird waves, but this one was alone.


Rufous-fronted Babbler: another bird-wave bird.


How many Thick-billed Green-pigeons?


Mole Cricket hugging a rock.


The star of the trip was this foot-long Stick Insect, which we found crawling on the ground.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Kranji Marsh 09Jul17

From Con
1 Sunda Woodpecker 3
2 Rufous Woodpecker 1
3 Banded Woodpecker 1
4 Laced Woodpecker 1
5 Common Goldenback 7
6 Oriental Dollarbird 1
7 Blue-Eared Kingfisher 1
8 Stork-Billed Kingfisher 1
9 White-Throated Kingfisher 4
10 Blue-Throated Bee-Eater 4
11 Banded Bay Cuckoo 1
12 Plaintive Cuckoo 1
13 Rusty-Breasted Cuckoo 1
14 Little Bronze Cuckoo 1
15 Asian Koel 1
16 Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot 1
17 Red-Breasted Parakeet 20
18 Long-Tailed Parakeet 36
19 Swiftlet Spp 40
20 Spotted Dove 15
21 Red Turtle-Dove 3
22 Emerald Dove 1
23 Zebra Dove 8
24 Pink-Necked Green-Pigeon 24
25 Pied Imperial Pigeon 6
26 Slaty-Breasted Rail 12
27 White-Breasted Waterhen 12
28 Ruddy-Breasted Crake 1
29 Red-Wattled Lapwing 21
30 Little Tern 3
31 Black-Winged Kite 1
32 Brahminy Kite 12
33 White-Bellied Sea Eagle 1
34 Changeable Hawk-Eagle 2
35 Intermediate Egret 1
36 Purple Heron 3
37 Long-Tailed Shrike 1
38 House Crow 18
39 Large-Billed Crow 5
40 Black-Naped Oriole 8
41 Pied Fantail 4
42 Common Iora 6
43 Oriental Magpie-Robin 2
44 Asian Glossy Starling 24
45 Common Myna 4
46 Javan Myna 80
47 Pacific Swallow 6
48 Yellow-Vented Bulbul 12
49 Olive-Winged Bulbul 1
50 Yellow-Bellied Prinia 4
51 Oriental White-Eye 4
52 Common Tailorbird 2
53 Ashy Tailorbird 2
54 White-Crested Laughingthrush 4
55 Striped Tit-Babbler 1
56 Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker 1
57 Brown-Throated Sunbird 4
58 Olive-Backed Sunbird 8
59 Baya Weaver 1
60 Scaly-Breasted Munia 8
61 White-Headed Munia 2
62 Common Waxbill 3
Total No. 467

Poyan 08Jul17

From Danny
1 Banded Woodpecker 2
2 Laced Woodpecker 1
3 Common Goldenback 5
4 Lineated Barbet 4
5 Coppersmith Barbet 2
6 White-Throated Kingfisher 1
7 Collared Kingfisher 4
8 Blue-Throated Bee-Eater 3
9 Banded Bay Cuckoo 2
10 Little Bronze Cuckoo 1
11 Asian Koel 2
12 Greater Coucal 1
13 Lesser Coucal 2
14 Red-Breasted Parakeet 15
15 Long-Tailed Parakeet 13
16 Swiftlet Spp. 23
17 Spotted Dove 15
18 Emerald Dove 1
19 Zebra Dove 11
20 Pink-Necked Green-Pigeon 29
21 White-Breasted Waterhen 2
22 Red-Wattled Lapwing 3
23 Brahminy Kite 2
24 Changeable Hawk-Eagle 1
25 Blue-Winged Pitta 2
26 Golden-Bellied Gerygone 3
27 Black-Naped Oriole 8
28 Pied Triller 5
29 Pied Fantail 3
30 Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo 1
31 Common Iora 8
32 Oriental Magpie-Robin 1
33 Asian Glossy Starling 56
34 Javan Myna 34
35 Pacific Swallow 11
36 Straw-Headed Bulbul 6
37 Yellow-Vented Bulbul 14
38 Olive-Winged Bulbul 3
39 Oriental White-Eye 8
40 Common Tailorbird 4
41 Dark-Necked Tailorbird 1
42 Rufous-Tailed Tailorbird 1
43 White-Crested Laughingthrush 4
44 Striped Tit-Babbler 4
45 Brown-Throated Sunbird 3
46 Olive-Backed Sunbird 6
47 Crimson Sunbird 2
48 Baya Weaver 3
49 Javan Munia 2
50 Scaly-Breasted Munia 8
51 White-Headed Munia 3
Total No. 349

Serangoon Reservoir 08Jul17

From KH
1 Sunda Woodpecker 5
2 Rufous Woodpecker 1
3 Common Goldenback 3
4 White-Throated Kingfisher 3
5 Collared Kingfisher 3
6 Blue-Throated Bee-Eater 2
7 Banded Bay Cuckoo 1
8 Rusty-Breasted Cuckoo 1
9 Little Bronze Cuckoo 2
10 Asian Koel 1
11 Rose-Ringed Parakeet 7
12 Red-Breasted Parakeet 7
13 Swiftlet Spp. 20
14 Rock Pigeon 10
15 Spotted Dove 5
16 Zebra Dove 4
17 White-Breasted Waterhen 2
18 Little Tern 1
19 Striated Heron 9
20 House Crow 1
21 Black-Naped Oriole 10
22 Pied Fantail 4
23 Common Iora 12
24 Oriental Magpie-Robin 1
25 Asian Glossy Starling 6
26 Common Myna 1
27 Javan Myna 40
28 Pacific Swallow 4
29 Yellow-Vented Bulbul 8
30 Sooty-Headed Bulbul 1
31 Yellow-Bellied Prinia 4
32 Oriental White-Eye 2
33 Common Tailorbird 8
34 Ashy Tailorbird 10
35 Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker 2
36 Brown-Throated Sunbird 3
37 Olive-Backed Sunbird 15
38 Eurasian Tree Sparrow 12
Total No. 231

Bt Tinggi, Bt Rengit, Fraser's Hill 03-05Jul17

From Con

3 Jul - Bt Tinggi


Ferruginous Partridges at Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia. A pair plus three chicks, very low odds to get all five in focus at the same time in the low light. (altho I could have cloned them all in) A female and one chick, and a male (notice the spurs).


Bukit Tinggi is surely one of the best places to see the Orange-breasted Trogon, here is a nice full back view of the male.


4 Jul - Bt Rengit


5 Jul - Fraser's Hill


This Brown Wood Owl was being mobbed at Fraser's Hill. How many different species can you identify from the calls?


Where is the woodpecker? At Fraser's I was looking around until I spotted the Fire-tufted Barbet making this call, instead of its usual buzzing song. Just a couple of recordings on Xeno-Canto of this call, perhaps not often made, or at least not recognized.



The Large Niltava sings a very pleasant soft song, always enjoyable. This male popped out and gave me a nice serenade.

Upper Peirce 01Jul17

From JS
A Little Green-pigeon and a White-rumped Munia here.

Kranji Marsh 01Jul17

From KH
Con, Danny and I went to Kranji Marsh today and heard a Blue-winged Pitta, otherwise it was just the usual resident birds.


Luckily we were not under this Red-wattled Lapwing!


Common Iora trying to hide.


Male Long-tailed Parakeet showing off its long tail.


Male Pink-necked Green-pigeon just sitting right in front of us.


Singing Yellow-bellied Prinia with wedding band.


Dead Brahminy Blind Snake.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Pulau Ubin 24Jun17

From KH
Con, Danny, JS, BJ and I went to Pulau Ubin today.


Grey Heron with Black-crowned Night-herons (adult and juvenile) sharing Pekan Quarry


Dark morph Changeable Hawk-eagle standing guard


Can't resist taking photo of a Dollarbird in good lighting!


Oriental Pied-hornbill - male below shy female


Nesting female Pink-necked Green-pigeon


Pretty Cicada


Dark morph female Common Golden Web Spider


Sad end for a magnificent Banded Krait...