The Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) finally made their maiden tour to Singapore!! Just as I wished, they finally pay a visit to Singapore. I don't know how long they will stay here in Singapore. Well, wish them all the best and hope to see more of them here.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Asian Openbill or Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans) is widespread and common in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka and India but very rare in Malaysia and so far no record in Singapore yet. However, it was spotted first in Penang in early January, then Malacca & last week in Johor. Singapore is just few km away, will the storks continue to fly south to Singapore?
These photos are all taken in Thailand. The next time when you out for birding in Singapore make sure you look out for it, it might be your lucky day!
** 24 Jan update** - 1st bird landed in Sg on 22nd January!!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
This is the second part of my first birding trip to Thailand in 2013. After the very fruitful trip to Pak Thale on shore birds, we move to Kaeng Krachang National Park for our forest and open country birds.
Kaeng Krachan is situated near the South-Western of Thailand. This is my 2nd visit to this beautiful place - One of my biggest find the last time I visit here is a leopard!.
Thailand recorded more than 900 species of birds. This for sure won't be my last birding trip to Thailand, I'll sure come back for more...
Monday, January 14, 2013
The Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes) is one of the common winter visitor that can be found in open country and wooded areas.
They are usually found in small flock and fly from tree to tree, they usually stays on top of the tree and I hardly see them stay at one tree for longer than 3 minutes. According to "Singapore Biodiversity", Black Baza feeds mostly on insects, especially beetles. I have never been able to see or photograph feeding Black Baza until last Sunday at Bidadari.
bite off the head of their prey before consume the rest of their prey.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I have my 2013 first birding trip last week at Thailand. Like many other country of South East Asia, birding at Thailand during this period will have opportunity to watch both the resident as well as migratory birds. Visit during this period will have higher chance of meeting with the less common & rare birds such as the one that appeared on the sign board that bring us to our intended birding site, Pak Thale Shorebird Site - Spoon-billed Sand piper! I was told that only 3 birds recorded this season!
Pak Thale is one of the best birding site I ever visited. The birding site sits right in the middle of huge salt pan along the Gulf of Thailand. This in return give bird watcher a opportunity to watch bird in anytime of the day as long as there are sun light (from sun rise to just before sun set) as this site is not affected by tidal changes and the water level is consistent throughout the day.
Our list recorded more than 60 species at this site and they are just too many to be included in this post. You have to visit the site to look at yourself and be amazed by all the beautiful birds!