Bidadari Cemetery Revisited 2018

Bidadari Cemetery Revisited 2018

When: September 2018                 Weather : hot 28C

Nikon P900

 

Bidadari cemetery has always been one of the most popular birding locations in singapore with regular appearances  by migrants. A few years ago however, to the consternation of nature lovers here, the Singapore government decided to build condominiums, apartments and a new flyover on this forested area.  It was promised that a small pocket of green would remain and so I headed there to see what little there was left behind and if there were indeed any birds left… the approach was not encouraging..the old roads were different, new roads were present, new vulgar apartment blocks, cranes etc…..took me a while to find the way through to the Mount Vernon Crematorium which is the best access route to the forest.

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The first bird we saw from the crematorium carpark was the back of the white throated kingfisher. The zinc hoardings in the background are from the adjacent construction site…

 

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There was a bare tree that entertained us for a while….this lovely little coppersmith barbet posed

 

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a rather handsome fellow, the coppersmith barbet

 

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an adult asian glossy starling with three juveniles

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of course the common javan mynah was everywehre

 

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this interesting bird then appeared

 

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A lineated barbet in resplendent green

 

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lineated barbet

 

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the dollar bird is ever present in Bidadari

 

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Dollar bird

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Here having his breakfast of a very big beetle

 

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yum

 

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and down the hatch

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the lovely Daurian starlings then appeared

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as did the blue throated bee eaters

 

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blue throated bee eater with its bee breakfast

 

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blue throated bee eater

 

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thankfully there is still some green left in Bidadari

 

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from afar I saw this little flycatcher…prbable an Asian Brown FC according to KC but the orangy gold flash on the wing is unusual…

 

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anothe r view of the flycatcher….if anyone knows what that golden orangy wing patch is, please enlighten me!

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male olive backed sunbird taking flight

 

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Red whiskered bulbul

 

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and a lovely juvenile tiger shrike showed up

 

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juvenile tiger shrike

 

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some activity on the bare tree brought out this tiny blue rumped parrot

 

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the lovely blue rumped parrot; here the bluish vent feathers can be easily seen in the rump area

 

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and then walking along the path to the left led is to an elevated part of Bidadari overlooking huge construction building, fences and cranes…such an eye sore that even this spotted dove failed to lighten up.

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but in the distance, something soared overhead

 

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and then he made a pass at us…

 

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a wonderful white bellied sea eagle ….

 

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and glided in between the trees to perch

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And then presumably his mate with much more coloration appeared

 

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and as if to show off, Mrs white bellied sea eagle flashed us with her brilliant wings

 

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a pair of scaly breasted munias

 

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scaly breasted munia

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yellow vented bulbul

 

 

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the tiger shrike made another appearance

 

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Some really loud squawking attracted us to this large rain tree where several oriental pied hornbills were agitating….

 

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I saw this little fellow from afar…

 

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the always delightful ecarlet backed flower pecker

 

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and then unmistakeable ‘tok tok tok’ of a woodpecker’s beak on tree trunk attracted us to this tree where the woodpecker played hid and seek with us…

 

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a glimpse of the beautiful scarlet wings and yellow nape…

 

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a beautiful Banded Woodpecker! What a lovely way to end the morning

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Banded woodpecker

 

Two hours in Bidadari yielded so many sightings it was a little unreal….I hastened to tell my new birding pal whom I was with that birding isn’t always as productive as this….he must be a lucky charm!   Bidadari cemetery has shrunk significantly, but it seems that the birds are now concentrated in a smaller area and easier to spot! Highly recommended!!

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