The 32nd Nature Society Singapore Bird Race

The 32nd Nature Society Singapore Bird Race

When:  October 2016               Weather:  Hot 25-30C

Nikon P900

 

Having never participated in a bird race before, I was quite interested in joining the 32nd Nature Society Singapore Bird race…we took part in the photographic section where the birds only counted if there was photographic documentation….there were 18 teams in this section!  We started at 730am sharp after a short briefing…

 

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the first bird was the pink breasted pigeon

 

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common flameback

 

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yellow vented bulbul

 

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brown shrike

 

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and then this splendid rufous woodpecker appeared..recognisable as the male by the red marks under his eye

 

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he appeared to have something on his left cheek

 

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Indeed he appeared to have a tumour on the left side of his neck…

 

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Eurasian tree sparrow

 

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a pair of pygmy sunda woodpeckers…

 

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close up of sunda pygmy woodpecker

 

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dollar bird

 

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white throated kingfisher

 

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male olive backed sunbird

 

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the common and ubiquitous black naped oriole

 

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spotted dove

 

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oriental magpie robin singing

 

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pied triller

 

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common crow

 

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then we headed over to the Kranji Marshes….

 

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scaly breasted munia

 

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asian glossy starling

 

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blue tailed bee eater

 

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the long walk into the Kranji Marshes from the carpark yielded a few sighitings…like the pied fantail

 

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changeable hawk eagle guarding its nest

 

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pink breasted parakeet

 

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long tailed parakeet

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a rather louder bird of a different ilk flew overhead

 

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common iora

 

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and then climbing up the observation tower, we had a pretty good view of the core conservation area….

 

 

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lesser coucal

 

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this fellow sat quietly on this tree branch and posed…a laced woodpecker

 

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another view of the red speckled head of the laced woodpecker

 

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and then this fellow who had been playing hide and seek with us finally perched in the open..

 

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The Bronze Cuckoo..a lifer

 

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the core conservation area was open for the bird race participants that day…

 

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but we only saw a purple heron

 

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and an eastern cattle egret

 

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leaving the kranji marshes we stopped off at the golf course to see the little ringed plover

 

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yellow wagtail

 

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red wattled lapwing

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and finally heading back to the ‘old’ part of sungei buloh nature reserve, there were a number of water birdss..here redshanks and greenshanks

 

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marsh sandpiuper

 

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and out on the road just before the end of the race at 1230, this asian brown flycatcher posed for us

 

So in 5 hours, we spotted something like 45 species …we didn’t win anything but we had great fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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