When: November 2015 Weather : hot 28C
I was out on Saturday in the soon to be redeveloped Bidadari Cemetery to try and see and shoot the Ruddy Kingfisher and the Oriental Dwarf or Black backed Kingfisher….and then in the Botanic Gardens the next morning when we spotted and shot another two kingfishers….hence this kingfisher post…..
The migrant Ruddy Kingfisher isn’t seen all that commonly in Singapore but many pictures of the one migrant in Bidadari Cemetery by the Singapore birding community led me to try shooting it yesterday afternoon, after the rains had cleared. Hearing that it was hanging out near the Bartley MRT and Maris Stella school area, I parked in the Jalan Rindu area and crossed the road to the forested area of Bidadari….soon I spotted a small group of photographers around a few trees…and sure enough the Ruddy Kingfisher was perched prettily posing for us…..after about ten minutes, it swooped down to the ground and picked something up……
Having spent an hour or so shooting the RKF, I then found another group of photographers trying to shoot the tiny, shy but gorgeously coloured Oriental Dwarf or black backed KF. Another winter migrant, it’s also one of the less commonly seen KFs in Singapore….
Both of these were lifers for me and I was a happy camper….walking back to my car I stopped by to have another look at the Ruddy KF again….
Not often do I get two lifers a day in Singapore!
So this morning, we decided to explore the SIngapore Botanic Gardens a little more thoroughly and were rewarded with quite a few sightings….but the kingfishers were outstanding….
Walking by the EcoLake, my birding kaki R spotted a night heron and the common kingfisher on the far side of the lake…
so…4 kingfishers in two days…two uncommon lifers and two commoner but no less pretty local species…
What an amazing set of photos. The shot with the frog was a once in a lifetime!
Haha…I fluked this one…in fact there were a number of photographers there at the time but most of them were using the DSLR/huge telephoto lens on big tripod combination… and they couldn’t readjust their cameras/lenses/tripods in the 1-2 seconds that the KF posed with the frog…I just raised my point and shoot Nikon P900 and zoomed in a little and snapped away as he flicked the frog around…just lucked out! I also hate the weight of the pro combinations….thanks for viewing…
How did you get those shots ? Beautiful
Hi May, I use a very cheap but extraordinarily good point and shoot camera called a Nikon P900. It has a very powerful zoom lens that allows me to snap birds from afar. It’s quality is not as good as the big full frame DSLR cameras with the huge lenses that the professionals use but it’s plenty good enough for me and my fb posts and blog posts… Thanks for viewing!
Hey! Ive came across your blog and it’s really cool!
Me and my friends are doing a animal behaviour module for NUS school project and would like to ask you roughly what time did you spot the collared kingfisher at bidadari? We are a group of students who are interested about kingfishers! We would really appreciate your help in this as it would make it soooo much easier for us to observe the kingfisher!
Hi, The collared kingfisher was seen about 9 am in the morning. They are fairly common and can be seen in most birding locations in Singapore any time of the day…Have also seen it in SUngai Buloh at around 4pm.