34th Singapore Bird Race

34th Singapore Bird Race

When:  November 2018        Weather : Hot 28C

Nikon P900 and Sony RX10(IV)

When I was asked a couple of weeks ago to join in the Singapore Bird Race(No…it’s not birds racing each other …) I was more than happy to join in the ‘Photographers’ category in which the two of us in the team would try to photograph and identify as many birds as possible in 5 hours….we started off bright and early at 730am in the Sungai Buloh new visitor centre…we came in a disappointing fourth out of 9 teams with a score of 43 birds successfully photographed and identified.  Here are some of them with contributions from my partner, Jimmy.

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we started with some common birds….the male pink necked pigeon

 

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the less colourful pink necked pigeon

 

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pied triller

 

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female brown throated sunbird…thanks to KC for help in ID. I’d accidentally forgotten to include this picture in our final submissions…we’d have come third otherwise!

 

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oriental magpie robin

 

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we then headed to Turut Track

 

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Pacific Swallow

 

 

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Barn swallow with its black collar under the orange

 

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a distant osprey

 

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a black winged kite with twig in mouth

 

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majestically perched black winged kite

 

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a nice view and comparison between the little egret on the left and the intermediate egret on the right

 

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beautiful yellow bittern

 

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yellow bittern

And on to the Kranji Marsh and central conservation core area….

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resplendent dollar bird in the sunshine

 

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Blue tailed bee eater

 

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front view showing the blue tail of the blue tailed bee eater

 

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and here’s the blue throated bee eater showing the clear difference between it and the blue tailed bee eater

 

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blue throated bee eater

 

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the core conservation area is normally not accessible but it was open for a few hours for the bird race

 

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brahminy kite

 

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oriental honey buzzard

 

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grey headed fish eagle

 

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Changeable Hawk eagle

 

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Red wattled lapwings next to lotus pond

 

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wood sandpiper

 

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long tailed shrike

 

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and for our last half hour or so we went back to the old Sungai Buloh wetland area and saw this common sandpiper

 

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painted stork

 

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the whimbrels were out in force

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common redshank

 

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grey heron

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an ashy tailorbird

 

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coppersmith barbet from afar

 

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we ended up in Nyee Phoe nursery to try and find some sunbirds or flowerpeckers but only got the sclay breasted munia as our last bird of the day

So 5 hours of birding gave us a yield of 43-45 birds; we could have and should have done better but there’s always next year!

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