Just got back from Singapore this morning via KTMB train (depart Singapore @ 2215 [11/02/07] and arrival in Kajang @ 0615 [12/02/07]). It was more of a casual exploration with a Singapore-based birding friend, Tony. I was fortunate to have him showing me around the island. On Sunday trip, the most unfortunate thing that happen was the car that we travel had a puncture tyre. Most probably due to driving in Changi Coveís dusty maze. Sorry for that , Tony. (click here for bird photos
During my first morning in Singapore, I took a bus to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. I walked along a trail and met another photographer. The spot where he was standing is where the orange-headed thrush, a crake and a hogdsonís hawk cuckoo were spotted earlier. He even showed me where a hooded pitta always hang around and the look-out point overseeing a quarry where various flycatchers were sighted and photographed. I waited at the spot where the thrush was spotted. Nothing in sight until I walked up to the photographer again. He showed me a photo of the laced woodpecker (which I also managed to see a minute ago). As we were chatting for a few minutes, a small figure appeared next to us. A CRAKE!!!! my first crake!!! lifer for me. I did not have the flash attach to my camera, so all my shots are just for ID. I walked up and down the trail again. After a few minutes, a bird just flew off from its hiding. Itís a pitta!!! I only managed to get a glimpse of it. another LIFER for me!!! my first pitta. I quickly retrace my steps and I met another photographer. We tried to wait for the pitta but the next bird that appeared at a distant was hopping on the ground. Initially, I thought it was the pitta. I pointed it to him. As the bird comes closer, we finally ID it the orange-headed thrush. another LIFER!!!!! I didnít get a good shot though but was satisfy with the sighting. After a while, another photographer arrived at the scene. I think he managed to get some photos of the thrush. Congrats to him. Later that day, I met up with Tony. He drove me to look for birds and one of these places is the area which we covered during my first Singapore bird race back in 2004. The Indian Cuckoo we saw that evening is another LIFER for me.
On my last day (Sunday) in Singapore, I met up with Tony again. We got several good sightings at several spots. Some of the notable ones include zitting cisticola (really good look at a close distance), red collared dove, common snipe, pacific golden plover, and a pair of long-tailed shrike.
There will be another time for Singapore Exploration because I miss out the White-crested Laughing Thrush, owls and nightjars. So, here is my list for Singapore (casual) Bird Exploration 2007
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Blue-tailed Bee Eater
Golden-bellied Gerygone (calls only)
Sparrowhawk (ID not confirm)
Long-tailed Shrike (1 pair)
Pacific Golden Plover
Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Asian Glossy Starling
Straw-headed Bulbul (calls only)