2009 October 24 - Bidadari

Article and photo contributed by Doreen Ang.
This is an edited version.

AH, NK and I birded at Bidadari this morning .. yeah we've been out of action for far too long. From our short list of 32 species, here are some of the highlights:
  • Hawk-cuckoo spp - poss Malaysian - 1 fidgety bird - unable to get close for positive i.d.
  • Crested Honey-buzzard (see photo - from tail bands, maybe an immature?) - 1 - calling from its perch on an albizia
  • Tiger Shrikes - 2
  • Crow-billed Drongo - 1
  • Asian Paradise Flycatcher - 1 first seen around a Tembusu
  • Asian Brown Flycatchers - 3 - 4
  • Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - 1 first-winter male - 2 white wing bars instead of wing patch and some black above its yellow rump.
Seen also were 2 Tanimbar Corellas. Pardon the pun, but in the still of the morning their squawkings would have made some turned in their graves! One of the birds was later seen chasing away 2 stubborn Dollarbirds. AH was fascinated by a male Brown-throated Sunbird ... it stopped calling and remain 'glued' to its perch even when we closed in. Last but not least, we were surprised to find not one but four Common Hill Mynas at Bidadari.

Apart from the Crested Honey Buzzard, there was also an immature White-bellied Sea Eagle and one unidentified raptor.

2009 October 11 - red-breasted parakeets

Time : 1010hr
Weather : hot and sunny
Location : junction of Changi Road and Lorong Sarina

Four red-breasted parakeets perched atop a sea-apple tree.

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