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…