Sunday, October 13, 2013

Trip to Singapore Japanese Garden

It has been a while since I last visited Singapore Japanese Garden. Is now a good time to re-visit this garden as both resident & migratory birds can be found in the garden. As usual, I head straight to the lotus pond and saw this Milky Stork.
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)
We are very fortunate to be able to watch this beautiful bird in such a close distance.
Milky Stork, Little Heron
After about 5 minutes, another bird join in and try to fish at the same area.
Milky Stork, Little Heron, Little Egret
Not just one or two but three different species feeding at the same place!
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
This is the second heronry that I saw in Singapore! Is amazing that the grey herons (Ardea cinerea) are doing well here in such a highly urbanised Singapore!
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
 Across the river, I spotted 2 purple heron (Ardea purpurea).
White Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
 There are 3 types of kingfisher in this garden. Collared Kingfisher, White Throated Kingfisher (photo above) & the winter visitor - Common Kingfisher.
Rufous Woodpecker (Celeus brachyurus)
 What a lucky day, I saw 2 different woodpecker visit the same spot one after another! First was this Rufous Woodpecker (Celeus brachyurus).
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
 and follow by this Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense).
Brown-Throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
 One of the biggest sunbirds in Singapore - Brown-Throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis).
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
 One of the 2 swallow that can be found in the garden is this Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica).
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) can be found at urban area and not just limit to coastal area.
Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
One of the most common bird in Singapore - Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus).
White-Breasted Waterhen(Amaurornis phoenicurus)
 White-Breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) out in the open.
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
 Flock of Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) birds with stripes are juveniles.
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
 Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) one of the winter visitor will stay here for few months before returning to their country of origin.
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
 Common kingfisher too will stay here for he next few months.
Brown-Chested Jungle Flycatcher (Rhinomyias brunneata)
 This looks like a Brown-Chested Jungle Flycatcher (Rhinomyias brunneata).
Yellow Rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia)
 Can't get a clear shot of this Yellow Rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia).
Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
An introduced species, Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor).
Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
It used to be very common in the garden, now I'm seeing less of this Water Monitor (Varanus salvator).

By November, more migratory birds will arrive here and I'm sure it will be another exciting trip next month!

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