Monday, January 14, 2019

Birding at Chinese Garden

I got to take a break from the Masai Mara post and post my birding Singapore trip on new year eve. Is been a while since I last visited Chinese Garden. Will go back to continue my encounter in Masai Mara later.
white-breasted waterhen
White-breasted waterhen standing on top of the rock welcoming me to Chinese Garden after almost a year.
Grey Heron
This Grey Heron chick almost reach the adulthood and still begging for food.
 Asian koel
This  Asian koel have no problem swallow a huge fruit,  just look at the throat!
coppersmith barbet
Follow the unique call of the coppersmith barbet, after some search, managed to find it up on the tree.
 brown-throated sunbird
 Found this Brown-throated sunbird at its usual place.
 brown-throated sunbird
The female bird without the striking colour compare with the male.
olive-backed sunbird
Olive-backed sunbird make an appearance too.
stork-billed kingfisher
Stork-billed kingfisher hide deep in the foliage waiting for opportunity to hunt for the fish below.
purple heron
A almost perfect pose with the natural frame from the foliage.
brown shrike
Another reason to visit Chinese Garden during this period is to be able to see migratory birds such as this brown shrike.
blue-tailed bee-eater
A pair of blue-tailed bee-eater having a vantage point actively looking for their target (flying insects)
Pied Fantail
Another difficult bird to photograph, Pied Fantail. Non stop moving from one spot to another actively hunting for food.
zebra dove
This is an easy target, I can get to very close to have the photo of this zebra dove taken.
yellow bittern
Is rather uncommon to see a Yellow bittern in the open.
Plantain Squirrel
Just before I call it a day, saw this Plantain Squirrel feeding on the ground. Not a bad trip and able to see so many birds in less than 2 hours!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Birds of Masai Mara - Woods Scrub and Garden Part 2

This is the continuation from my earlier post on Birds of Masai Mara - Woods Scrub and Garden.
African green pigeon (Treron calvus)
 A very beautiful African green pigeon doing some stretching which gave us the opportunity to get closer and have a decent shot.
Ring-necked dove (Streptopelia capicola)
 This is a rather common dove at Masai Mara, a Ring-necked dove.
Holub's golden weaver (Ploceus xanthops)
 Another very striking colour bird, Holub's golden weaver.
Yellow-spotted petronia (Gymnoris pyrgita)
 Compare to the rest, this bird is rather skittish. Took us a while to have a record shot - Yellow-spotted petronia.
Rufous-naped lark (Mirafra africana)
 Rufous-naped lark is another skittish bird that just won't let you go near.
Red-capped Lark (Calandrella cinereal)
 Red-capped Lark took the vantage point on top of the rock.
Black-lored babbler or Sharpe's pied-babbler (Turdoides sharpei)
 Black-lored babbler aka Sharpe's pied-babbler
Tawny-flanked prinia (Prinia subflava)
Tawny-flanked prinia (Prinia subflava)
Purple grenadier (Uraeginthus ianthinogaster)
 What a beautiful bird - Purple grenadier
Northern Anteater-chat (Myrmecocichla aethiops)
 Although the name Northern Anteater-chat. No luck of taking a photo of this bird feed on any ants.
Red-necked spurfowl or red-necked francolin (Pternistis afer)
Red-necked spurfowl aka Red-necked francolin out from the bush in the open.
Coqui francolin (Peliperdix coqui)
Coqui francolin are more camera shy compare to Scaly francolin.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Birds of Masai Mara - Woods Scrub and Garden Part 1

Generally, Masai Mara is the place to look for big cats & big mammals. Well, just pay a little attention, is a good birding place too. Do read about my previous posts on Birds of Prey, Birds of Lake and Marsh and Birds of Grassland & Open Area of Masai Mara.
Greater blue-eared (Lamprotornis chalybaeus)
I noticed that most of the birds here are either bluish or purple in colour such as this Greater blue-eared.
Rüppell's starling (Lamprotornis purpuroptera)
 Another birds in purple colour, Rüppell's starling.
Violet-backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster)
 A mix flock of male and female Violet-backed starling.
Bearded woodpecker (Chloropicus namaquus)
 Finally get to see my first woodpecker from Africa - Bearded woodpecker
White-headed barbet (Lybius leucocephalus)
 I have lots of 1st. Another 1st barbet of Africa for me - White-headed barbet
Red-billed oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)
Oxpecker is always on my list and I am glad to see these Red-billed oxpecker here on the back of hippos.
Yellow-billed oxpecker (Buphagus africanus)
 Very similar to Red-billed Oxpecker, however the red eyes and striking yellow bill made it easy to differentiate Yellow-billed oxpecker from the previous one.
Yellow-billed oxpecker (Buphagus africanus)
 Like other birds, Yellow-billed oxpecker do perch on tree branches too.
Northern fiscal (Lanius humeralis)
A male Northern fiscal (Lanius humeralis) calling loudly to mark his territory.
Northern fiscal (Lanius humeralis)
 The female Northern fiscal looks so different from the male.
Dark-capped bulbul (Pycnonotus tricolor)
Dark-capped bulbul not just looks like our Yellow vented bulbul here in Singapore, they are also abundant in Masai Mara.
White-browed coucal (Centropus superciliosus)
Saw this White-browed coucal on one of the morning about 6+am. As it was still dark have a hard time to tell the species. Luckily this bird is patient enough for us to move closer slowly.
Lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudatus)
 Lilac-breasted roller with big meal waiting.
Little bee-eater (Merops pusillus)
A very cute Little bee-eater hoping on the road in the morning sun. To be continued...