Kranji Marshes again in August

The common flameback woodpecker perched on a tree next to the road…taken by an iPhone, courtesy of GH.

Kranji Marshes again in August

When:  August 2018    Weather: hot  28C

Nikon P900

When I bring visitors or new birders, I often head to Kranji Marshes which while less scenic than the nearby Sungai Buloh wetlands often yields more forest bird varieties….

No sooner than we were on our way and turning the corner did a colourful form flash past my front windscreen and alight on a tree just next to us!

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The common flameback woodpecker perched on a tree next to the road…taken by an iPhone, courtesy of GH. A good sign of things to come!

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we had barely entered the KM when we saw a couple of photographers shoooting this nest…

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the typical ‘cup’ nest of a a Malayan Pied Fantail…with two chicks within

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waiting for mum or dad to return with breakfast

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and the parent fantail was indeednearby watching us watching her offspring

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the common but nevertheless very attractive black naped oriole

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blue throated bee eater with an insect in mouth

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getting ready to swallow

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and with a toss, down the hatch…

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Here a couple courting

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a rather better picture of the juvenile blue thraoted bee eater. (Thanks to LKC for ID)

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The asian glossy starlings with their red eyes were active

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juevenile starling with parent…arent’s kids demanding these days??

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red breasted parakeets

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A Brahminy kire soared overhead

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probable female pink necked pigeon

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This lively fellow then teased us flitting around and barely settling for a few seconds…common Iora

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common iora

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the dollar birds were out in force and we had quite a few sightings

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and then this raptor in the distance…a black winged kite

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black winged kite with red eye

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perched majestically eyeing us…picture taken from the top of the viewing tower at the end of the trail

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from the tower, we had good if distant views of the red wattled lapwings

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the statue like purple heron

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white throated Kingfisher

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white throated KF in the light

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and last bird of the morning just before we left, was this black and white bird..

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A pied triller

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the dollar bird bade us farewell

A couple of hours birding with a pretty decent yield followed by breakfast at the nearby Bollywood Farms made for a fun morning.  Recommended.

 

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