Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Longkang Birding at Sembawang

Longkang is a Malay word, it means drain. The last time I came here was about a year ago. So much changes have taken place in this narrow park connector. A lot of new HDB flats has been built beside the connector.
Sungei Simpang Kiri
Back to the longkang... Simpang Kiri is a canal or a river to be exact.
Sungei Simpang Kiri
This canal end at Sembawang beach and I purposely choose this time (low tide) to come here. From experience, more activities can be observed during low tide.
Collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
 This Collared Kingfisher perch near the entrance.
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
 A rather common Spotted Dove walking on the now dry river bed looking for food.
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
 Another very common bird - Common Sandpiper
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
 A pair of Little Egret wading in the water try finding a best spot to hunt.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
 This Grey Heron taking a break and just watch others busy feeding from the side of the canal.
Collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
 Another Collared Kingfisher with either worn out or dirty plumage.
White-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Not far from the Collared Kingfisher, this White-Throated Kingfisher also waiting for best time to hunt.
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
With the tide going down, this part of the river is now low in salinity thus this myna taking bath in it.
Purple-backed Starling (Sturnia sturnina)
There a lots of myna feeding on the mud flat. Guess what, the migrant - Purple Back Starling also feed side by side with the Javan Myna.
Purple-backed Starling (Sturnia sturnina)
I didn't know Purple Backed Starling other than feeding on insects & fruits, they also feed like waders on the mud flat.
Sembawang beach
Birds are not the only one that is busy during low tide. Lots of  week end fisherman also taking advantage of the low tide to collect green mussel from the mud flat. Although Singapore is a small country, it is still possible to observe wildlife if you visit at the right time...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

North Thailand Trip - Day 3 San Ju Point Part 1

Our plan today is to explore the Eastern Slope of Doi Lang. Not too long ago, Eastern & Western Slope are link and we are allowed to bird at both side without the need to detour to East Gate to access the Eastern Slope. Heavy military presence today means we have to travel additional near to 200km to visit the other side of the national park. 
Chiang Rai Market
As usual, we stop by a market to get breakfast and lunch.
Chiang Rai Market, Thai noodle
These noodle will be our lunch for today.
Chiang Rai Market
The people here are all very friendly. We also get some dessert and as with most Asean countries, palm sugar is one of the main ingredients.
Chiang Rai Market

Chiang Rai Market, pan cake
We have pan cake & 'you tiao' for breakfast.
Doi Lang, Eastern Slope
We arrived at the East Gate slightly early at 6.55am
Doi Lang, Eastern Slope
We arrived at the paddy field after driving about 10 mins from the gate.
Doi Lang, Eastern Slope
We saw some swallow & long tail shrike.
Doi Lang, Sun Ju View Point
We stop at Sun Ju View Point for some nice view. The mountain at the background is Myanmar. We are again so close to the Thai-Myanmar border.
Pine cone
As we move higher, more pine tree are seen and is a good area to look for nuthatch.
cherry blossom
Cherry blossom is blooming and form a very beautiful pink canopy.
Doi Lang, Thailand

Doi Lang, Thailand

Doi Lang, Thailand
More scenic view with the insanely blue sky.
egg plant
Saw these 'mini watermelon' kind of egg plant on the road side. I have no idea of the actual name.
Doi Lang, Thailand
We stop at this check point for coffee break and there are some nice bird around here too... (to be continued.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cutia The North Thailand Star Bird - Day 2 Part 2

We continue our birding at Doi Lang after lunch and the first bird that we saw is this Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus).
Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)
This Long-Tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) that perch in the open is like welcome us back to Doi Lang.
Long-Tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
So as this Spot-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis) that announce his presence with very loud call.
Spot-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis)
 A pair of Grey Bush Chat (Saxicola ferreus) with the male on the higher perch.
Grey Bush Chat (Saxicola ferreus)
This Hill Prinia (Prinia atrogularis) make a quick appearance before disappear into thick vegetation.
Hill Prinia (Prinia atrogularis)
We also saw this Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrogenys) flippinf dry leaf searching for food.
Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrogenys)
Siberian Ruby Throat (Luscinia calliope) that with a very bright throat.
Siberian Ruby Throat (Luscinia calliope)
During this migratory period, one of the very common bird at the North Thailand is this Rufous Gorgeted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata).
Rufous Gorgeted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata)
While we on the way back to Fang, this Mrs. Hume's Pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae) about to call it a day too. We just in time to see them cross the road.
Mrs. Hume's Pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae)
The sun is setting when we finally leave Doi Lang. Another very fruitful day at Doi Lang!