Punggol Waterway Park, Singapore

When:  September 2014        Weather :  Hot 30C

We had been told that wolf snakes were easy to locate in and around the Punggol waterway park so J and I set off for it 7am last sunday.  So we walked up and down the whole 1km or so of the whole park but sadly we were unable to find any snakes…the other fauna though made up for it and I saw some interesting other birds…

Almost the first thing I saw as we started our walk were these beautiful bulbuls, the Sooty Headed Bulbul with its distinctive black head and beautiful deep orange vent….in contrast to the much commoner yellow vented bulbul in Singapore.  There were quite a number of them here and they have also been reported in the Lorong Halus area.

Sooty headed bulbul

Sooty headed bulbul

A pair of them...

A pair of them…note the brilliant orange vent

 

feeding..

feeding..

 

found a berry...

found a berry…

 

and down the hatch it goes..

and down the hatch it goes..

contented

contented

 

Paddyfield pipit

Paddyfield pipit

 

the changeable lizard was basking

the changeable lizard was basking

 

as was the turtle

as was the turtle

 

dragonflies were hovering

dragonflies were hovering

 

water insects floating...

water insects floating…

 

then we saw this little grey heron

then we saw this little grey heron

 

adopting the attack position when he saw a fish..

adopting the attack position when he saw a fish..

 

the strike was faster than the eye could see...

the strike was faster than the eye could see…

 

gotcha!

gotcha!

 

licking his lips after the meal...

licking his lips after the meal…

 

another contented bird...

another contented bird…

 

white throated kingfisher from afar..

white throated kingfisher from afar..

sea eagle

sea eagle

 

And then this big, brownish red bird flew over me...I thought it was a coucal but the plumage seems redder than the typical brown of the coucal

And then this big, brownish red bird flew over me…I thought it was a coucal but the plumage seems redder than the typical brown of the coucal

 

another view...

another view…

there were also lots of common long tailed parakeets

there were also lots of common long tailed parakeets

 

So although we didn’t find our serpents, the other bird life did not disappoint…

3 thoughts on “Punggol Waterway Park, Singapore

  1. Hi Ron. Fantastic shot of the grey heron extending it’s neck – unbelievable neck anatomy! As for those parakeets, they may be red-breasted parakeets. SB

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