Sunday, 19 March 2017

Pasir Ris Park, Pulau Punggol 18Feb17

From KH

Danny and I started the day at Pasir Ris Park.

How many Black bazas do you see?

This family of Red junglefowl (or chicken?) was happily scratching the ground for food.

Female Brown-throated sunbird busy nesting.

Guess love is in the season for this pair or Dollarbirds too.

Lastly, the Batik golden web spiders were having a great time too - the female busy as bees and the male sneaking in on his distracted mate.

Next stop was Pulau Punggol.

This juvenile Black-winged kite looked ready to fledge soon.

This Plaintive cuckoo was very vocal.

Finally, a cricket to round up the day.

SBG 16-17Feb17

From Con

Male Lady Amherst's pheasant on 16 Feb.

The Dark-sided flycatcher is singing! (17 Feb)

Dairy Farm, Hindhede 11Feb17

From KH

Following yesterday's report of a male Blue-and-white flycatcher, Con, Danny and I went Wallace Education Centre this morning, and sure enough the bird was there.

Before the star bird appeared, this distraction (Asian brown flycatcher) was keeping us occupied.

Other distractions include a pair of Chestnut-bellied malkohas, a pair of Hill mynas, and a slug.

On the way out, a confiding Emerald dove was hanging out along the track. It has tags on its legs, which may explain its friendliness.

Then, a singing Eastern crowned warbler caught our attention. Key features: pale crown stripe, all-orangey lower mandible and yellowish vent.

Finally, a raptor flew overhead. It turned out to be a pale morph Changeable hawk eagle.

After lunch, Danny and I went to Hindhede Nature Park. Some of the common birds include a Greater racket-tailed drongo and a female Laced woodpecker.

At one of the shelters, there were about 10 Spotted house geckos of various sizes.

A Plantain squirrel was busy collecting nesting material scrapped off tree bark.

Finally, a pair of Common treeshrews were scurrying near the forest floor. Compared to the squirrel, the treeshrew has a longer snout, longer gape, and lower ears. The latter also often have more rufous back and less bushy tail.

Dairy Farm 10Feb17

From GC

Male Blue-and-white flycatcher at DFNP, big fig tree on the right before Wallace Ctr.

(photo of LCD screen)

Oriental scops owl was still around.