Snipe seeking in Singapore

Snipe seeking in Singapore

When:  February 2019    Weather: Hot 25C

Nikon P900 and Sony A55 with 70-400mm x2TC

With reports of the painted snipe and pin-tailed snipe in the Neo Tiew area of Singapore and my little 10 yr old niece from Scotland wanting to bird, we set off at 7am to the area where they had been sighted…

Traipsing along a little canal side, we looked for the other photographers and we started seeing some activity in and around the water where the canal turned and disappeared…

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a wood sandpiper on a mudbank from afar

 

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Wood sandpipers foraging

 

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and on the muddy shore, a little ring plover

 

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little ring plover

 

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little ring plover

 

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egret

 

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and then from behind the greenery the unmistakeable features of the painted snipe appeared!

 

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painted snipe and wood sandpiper

 

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front view

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back view

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Painted snipe : photo by Emily Chong

 

And then in a flurry of brown….the other snipe appeared…

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the pin-tailed snipe

 

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much better picture of the pin-tailed snipe taken by my niece Emily.

 

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Last bird of the morning….the grey wagtail

 

A couple of hours’ birding yielded two lifers…not bad going on the second day of the lunar new year….

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