Monday 11 September 2017

Singapore in September IV

Scaly-breasted Munia (Shimakimparaシマキンパラ) - resident

Feeding time! 
A man was feeding birds in a park and lots of Tree Sparrows, Scaly-breasted Munia, Common Mynah (not in the picture) and Zebra Doves were taking advantage of the opportunity.

They can be found on the forest edges as well as in the urban parks.

Red Junglefowl (Sekishoku-yakeiセキショクヤケイ) - resident
a female foraging amongst the trees

A male foraging in a residential area

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Seaka-hanadoriセアカハナドリ) - resident
 He picked out the very red berry, crushed it, and ate only the juicy pulp.
The flowerpeckers are very small and fast moving birds so I was lucky to meet one that stayed at the same spot long enough for me to take photos of him.

Stork-billed Kingfisher (Kohashi-shobinコウハシショウビン) - resident
Despite its size - around 40cm, which is almost the same size as a woodpigeon, though the kingfisher is not that plump:) - and the stunning colours, they are hard to find. They blend well into the colourful background.

White-breasted Waterhen (Shiroharakuinaシロハラクイナ) - resident

You can spot one or two without fail if you are close to water. Some of them living in parks are so used to humans that they just walk past in front of you as if you don't exist.

Yellow-vented Bulbul (Meguro-hiyodoriメグロヒヨドリ) - resident
One of the most successful bulbuls in Southeast Asia. They normally fly around in a family flock and are very vocal.

There are 3 very common swiflets found in Singapore - Glossy, Black-nest, and Germain's Swiflet,  and they are almost impossible to identify when flying.

Grey-rumped Treeswift (Kammuri-amatsubameカンムリアマツバメ), House Swifts (Hime-amatsubameヒメアマツバメ), Asian Palm Swifts (Ajia-yashi-amatsubameアジアヤシアマツバメ) are occasionally flying amongst them, so you can't just ignore them!

We had 2 full days with our excellent guide, Kim Seng, and managed to see/hear over 80 species of birds. If you have plan to do some birding in Singapore, even for a couple of hours, with a professional guide, Kim Seng is your man!

Other interesting wildlife in Singapore

a Monitor in the tree!
So comical to see one so relaxed in a tree! 

Common Fruit Bats


Centipede vs Ants

Sumatran Gliding Lizard

Wagler's Pit Viper

Lovely sunset☆

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