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Pulau Ubin Bird Census – September 6, 2009

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

I signed up to help in the 6th Fall census on Migrating bird by NSS Birdgroup. I have been to the previous 2 census at Ubin West led by Willie Foo. Tina joined me in the previous 2, but this time she decided to sleep in. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was caught in the traffic jam as there was a Yellow Ribbon Run starting at 7:30am at Changi Village. Finally managed to get through and park my car at about 7:35am and Willie just finished his breakfast and we met at the car park.

Took a boat ride to Pulau Ubin, the weather was cloudy and a little drizzle. As sson as we arrived, a Common Sandpiper was sitting at a rock next to the jetty greeting us. That is our first migrant of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

We took a van to the formal Thai Temple and walk back to the town covering the western part of Ubin. As soon as we got off the Van, the rain started to come. ย I forgot my rain caot but have a large garbage bag to protect my 40D and 100-400mm. Saw a pair of Brown Throated Sunbirds and many Asian Glossy Starling (mainly Juvenile). As we were about to move on, there were 2 wildboar piglet crossing the road. We suspect the adult may be nearby and were worried that it will charge at us. Willie has his tripod as “weapon” and he asked me to look for a tree branch just in case the adult charge at us. ๐Ÿ™‚ As we moved further down, the adult did show up on the trail, we stopped immediately and the adult was scared of us and quicly make a move into the forest. The trio was within the vicinity and we spotted them a few times after that.

Nothing too interesting for arinny Sunday morning. We saw 2 juvenile White Rumped Sharma, a few Oriental Magpie Robin, 6 Oriental Pied Hornbill stealing papaya from a Kampong house, ย a pair of Pied Fantail singing their heart out and a pair of Common Kingfishers. We also counted 57 Grey Heron at the quarry but there is no Night Heron. I am not sure if it was due to the construction/development at the quarry.

We walked back to the jetty at about 11:15am and waited for a boat for about 20 minutes. ย The species seen was less than the last few counts could be due to the poor weather.

NPSS will have an outing there the following Saturday on Spetember 12. Hopefully the weather will be good and with many photogrpahy opportunities.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – August 30, 2009

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Received a tip from Con on Asian Dowitcher at Sungei Buloh Hide 1C. Decided to try my luck this morning. The weather in the early morning was nice, I saw the beautiful sunrise from my car’s rear mirror while driving towards Sungei Buloh. I arrived at Sungei Buloh at about 7:40am. Instead of making a dash to Hide 1C, I decided to turn to the left to check out the mudflat to the left of mainhide. There were quite a number of Common Redshanks, Common Greenshanks, Pacific Golden Plovers, Common Sandpipers and Whimbrels ย but did not see any Asian Dowitcher. After taking a couple photos of Greenshank and redshank, decided to walk towards 1C as the sky start to turn dark and the wind started to blow. Met up with Loong Tat and May at Hide 1C, but nothing much at 1C except a couple of Common Sandpiper and Redshank, most of the waders are at the mainhide. Rain started to pour for about 20 minutes and when the rain stopped we decided to walk back to the main hide. Met a number of birders there, but the star bird was nowhere to be seen.

According to Harry who spotted the bird on Saturday, the 29th at about 4:30pm, it was with a group of Common Redshank and was feeding continuously. I checked through the frock of redshank, but the Asian Dowitcher was nowhere in sight. As rain started to drop again at about 10:30am, decided to packed up and left. A little disappointed that I did not get to see this globally threaten species, hope will have a chance to see it soon.

Some of the shots from this morning:

Japanese Garden – August 29, 2009

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

PP helped me ordered the new Mac OS – Snow Leopard using her company corporate rate. Decided to meet her at Japanese Garden to pick up the CD.

Arrived at about 7:30am and the sky was threatening. Walked around the garden looking for Common Kingfisher as at least 2 were seen and photographed by NPSS members on Friday. Saw the KF perched nicely at a rock next to the bridge and decided to set up my gears with remote. the Kingfisher came back about 30 minutes later, but perched at a rock next to where I prefocus. ๐Ÿ™

After getting the CD from PP, who was camping at the island waiting for the Common Kingfisher, I decided to take a walk to Chinese Garden. nothing much at Chinese Garden except seeing an active sunbird nest and a couple of common birds. After spending more than 1 hour walking around Chinese Garden, decided to go back to Japanese Garden, PP and Wong have left. I saw the Common Kingfisher at where PP and Wong were waiting earlier but still very skittish.ย  Just as I was walking out, met Rey who just came to look for CKF again. ๐Ÿ™‚ He managed to get a very good shot of the CKF, I probably should have waited together with him.

Not a great birding day, but that part of the fun as you never know what you will get.

Here is a list of birds from today:

  1. Ashy Tailorbird
  2. Scarlet backed Flowerpecker
  3. Pacific Swallow
  4. Yellow vented Bulbul
  5. Little Heron
  6. Grey Heron
  7. Purple Heron
  8. White Bellied Sea Eagle
  9. Brahminy Kite
  10. Yellow Rumped Flycatcher – Female
  11. Common Kingfisher
  12. Collared Kingfisher
  13. White Throated Kingfisher
  14. Stork Billed Kingfisher
  15. Olive backed Sunbird
  16. Plain Throated Sunbird
  17. White Breasted Waterhen
  18. Pink Necked Green Pigeon
  19. Spotted Dove
  20. Asian Glossy Starling
  21. Cattle Egrets
  22. Common Sandpiper
  23. Black Naped Oriole
  24. Common Flameback Woodpecker
  25. Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker
  26. Javan Myna
  27. Pied Fantail

A couple of photos from today: