Great egret

November 12, 2007

The great egret is a very big egret.


A great egret

It has a white body, wing, black legs and a yellow bill and a thin neck. I took this picture at the canal near the kallang canal near Bishan Park.


Singapore Botanic Gardens

November 9, 2007

Singapore Botanic Garden is a very good birding place in Singapore. Well, it is actually very near Orchard road. It is a very mature garden with lots of old trees. I saw the common flameback, magpie robin, radjah shelduck, lesser treeduck, black swan, mute swan and many more there.

The gardens was first founded in 1849. In 1990, NParks took over the garden. I think they did a very good job.

About birding there, you I found these species at these specific places.

  • Near Bandstand- Common flameback
  • Near Bonsai garden (a bush)- yellow vented bulbul, Black naped oriole, pink necked pigeon
  • Near Eco Lake- Pied fantail
  • Eco Lake-White breasted waterhen, Radjah Shelduck
  • Symphony Lake-Lesser treeduck, white breasted waterhen

What an ecology wonder! A good birding spot just in the heart of the city.

Lesser treeduck

November 8, 2007

The lesser treeduck (Dendrocygna javanica), also called is a species of duck, from the subfamily of whistling ducks (Dendrocygninae). The duck is very common and can be found in South Asia and Southeast Asia as well as other places of the world. It can be found in Singapore.

I usually see them at Singapore Botanic Gardens, at the Symphony Lake I saw a pair of them, they are very tame.


A photo I took at the Symphony Lake of the duck

Its habitat is at still freshwater lakes with lots of vegetation to feed on usually. This duck has a long grey bill and the wings and back are grey with brown areas around the wings and tail. The belly and breast is light brown in colour.

 Highly gregarious and tame and nests in tree holes, old nests of other birds, or on a stick platform near the ground, and lays 6-12 eggs.

White breasted waterhen

November 8, 2007

The white breasted waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
 is water bird in the rail and crake family. Adults have a white breast, black or dark grey underparts and the belly is cinnamon in colour. They too have long toes, a short tail and yellow legs and beak. Immatures are black all over, or grey, like all rails.


An adult white breasted waterhen

Many rails are very secretive, but White-breasted Waterhens are often seen out in the open.

They can be found in Singapore Botanic Gardens. I only saw them there before. Everytime I go there, I would surely see it.


Another adult white breasted waterhen

Sime forest

November 7, 2007

Sime forest is a very good place to bird. The best one in my opinion. I saw my rarest bird there- the white rumped shama. I love the tree-top walk and jelutong tower, although I’m scared of heights. There are really many species of birds. My favorite route there is from Macritchie reservoir park to ranger station through forest trail, then to tree-top walk, then to Jelutong tower, then back from Venus Drive.

Secondary growth in the forest


Long tailed macaque I found at the entrance of the tree-top walk


Me walking on tree-top walk

My sugar cane plant-day 1

November 7, 2007

I planted a sugar cane yesterday, hoping that it will grow. Today, I just looked at it and I saw some growth! Hair were sticking out from the original sugar cane. Now, let us compare what is the difference…

All you need to do to compare is to look at a sugar cane that you got. You can see that there are hairs on it. I heard that they can grow spikes. YAY!!! That means a good start. Does it?


My sugar cane (sorry for the bad image)

Common Flameback

November 7, 2007

The common flameback (Dinopium Javanese), also called the common goldenback, is a common bird in Singapore. It is a woodpecker.

It is a strikingly colourful bird with brown wings (as you can see from the picture on below). The woodpecker has a crest of either red or black, depending on the sex. The female has a black crest, and the male has a red crest. The common flameback has three toes. The belly and breast is white in colour with spots.

It is found in open coastal woodlands, mangroves, disturbed habitats such as mature gardens, like Botanic Gardens. I saw one there. It flies from tree to tree, finding food, starting from the bottom of the tree to the top. I saw one moving from the bottom to the top of a tree, pecking on the bark, I think it might be finding insects.

It is a very agile in climbing trees. when I saw it at the Singapore Botanic Garden, it was moving up trees very smoothly. 

It is found in and looks like the greater goldenback/ greater flameback. The common flameback has 2 malar stripes, whereas the greater flameback only has 1 malar stripe. The greater flameback is less common than the common flameback in Singapore.