Coney Island Birding

When: November 2015               Weather:  Warm   28C

Nikon P900 and Leica Q

 

Found time this sunday morning to head out at dawn to the recently opened Coney Island in the north-east area of singapore.  From the city centre, it’s a fair drive up the CTE/TPE to get to Punggol Road and the end of it is where there are a few restaurants, car park and the start of the Punggol Promenade Walk.  L1060273The Punggol Promenade walk at daybreak to Coney

 

Heading along this walkway, we soon saw our first bird by the water edge…DSCN0620a common sandpiper lit by the rising sun’s glow

DSCN0632beautiful markings

DSCN0662common sandpiper

After 500m, there is a short bridge beyond which is Coney Island, formerly known as Serangoon Island…

L1060282Entrance to Coney Island, an island of greenery

DSCN0669The white-throated KF was making a racket high up above..

L1060287there were some ‘bird hides’ which didn’t look very convincing..and the morning started off a bit quietly….lots of mynahs and yellow vented bulbuls…

DSCN0934yellow vented bulbul

L1060290I even started shooting the dew drops as it was so quiet…

And then things started looking up…

DSCN0705a flock of pink breasted parakeets showed themselves up high

DSCN0678and the spotted doves were posing too

DSCN0727a buzz of activity in the bushes yielded a flock of scaly breasted munias

DSCN0859scaly breasted munias

DSCN0784scaly breasted munia feeding on seed

DSCN0744but then this beauty appeared in the same flock as the munias….

DSCN0742it had spectacularly beautiful red streaks around the eyes and red flashes on the wings…DSCN0781most likely a waxbill of some sort…an African species that is now fairly widespread internationally. (Thanks to Nishant for help in ID)

L1060296At the end of the 2.4 km trail is a bridge over the Lorong Halus waterway….

DSCN0899and here appeared the Common Kingfisher which had been photographed +++ in Satay by the Bay ….

DSCN0894Common KF enjoying his breakfast after smashing the fish against the rock a few times..

And just before we left, we shot the munias again and noticed this handsome fellow among the grass and the seed..DSCN0910A Baya weaver….which explained the number of weaver nests easily seen by the side of the track

DSCN0905Baya weaver

 

Although the bird sightings are more challenging than in Bidadari or Botanic Gardens, Coney Island was still interesting in its own way….unfortunately it’s also open to cyclists so half the time you’re dodging cyclists…some of whom were playing loud music as they rode…sigh.   So a morning which started off quietly finally yielded a few good sightings.

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