Bishan Park

February 14, 2008

Bishan was teeming with birdlife. Being near the central catchment area, Bishan attracted birds from many families. Also, there are water bodies like the canal at Bishan Park and the ponds around Bishan Park.


There are a two good places in Bishan Park to bird.


First is along the canal from Bishan Park 1 to Braddell Road. There are egrets, herons in the canal, sandpipers there, long tailed parakeets, tailorbirds, yellow vented bulbuls, spotted dove, rock pigeon, flycatchers, blue tailed bee-eaters, crows, and bitterns. Once, I saw a black spitting cobra in the canal being caught by some people.



Second is at Bishan Park 1, near the lake, I only went there once as it is furthest away from my house and I only recently got permission to venture there. I saw a common Iora, Common Flameback, brown capped woodpeckers, tailorbirds, yellow vented bulbuls,


Common flameback


Common flameback

Blue tailed bee eater


Little egret


Long tailed parakeet


Unknown lizard, anyone can help me identify this lizard?


Sime forest trip 8.2.08 Part 2

February 13, 2008

This is the second part of my Sime forest trip on 8.2.08. For the first part, go to before reading this entry.

After seeing the woodpecker, I went on, seeing no m0re birds all the way to the road beside the country club, though occasionally seeing birds darting by.

They were the size of sunbirds, but were to small for me to see in detail as I do not have a binoculars and my 10x optical zoom digital camera was not near enough. That was the problem with not having a camera with a very high optical zoom. If you look at my bird gallery, you would see that most of the pictures are digitally zoomed in, like the white bellied sea eagle picture. It is quite easy to photograph a bird in the garden but in the forest, the bird is high up in the tree.

Walking along the road towards the ranger station, I saw a tree with many pigeons. If you are a bird photographer, that should be a very good place to take photos. The tree is not blocked by anything from where you are as it is beside the road, and the tree was flowering, so it attracted many pigeons. I saw a bird that I could not identify.


It could be a thick billed pigeon or a pink necked pigeon.

I also saw a bird that I am positive is a thick billed pigeon


We reached the ranger station a while after that.

At the ranger station, I saw a few small birds that I could not identify as I could not see the details of it. It was very irritating when I tried to zoom into the bird but halfway, I reached my full zoom.

At the treetop walk itself, I only saw flock Philippine glossy starling, which I was a feat as I usually do not see anything as I am hardly looking at the trees around (I am scared of heights). I guess it is a good place to bird as you are very high up and birds will be very near to you.

After that we went to Jelutong tower, where I did not see any birds.

When I was walking out of the forest to Venus Drive car-park, I encountered a black dog, it was a short distance away from me. It came out of the undergrowth and started barking furiously. I was scared by the sudden arrival of the dog that I screamed.

I wonder how did that dog come here. I wonder if it is native to Singapore. This is the second time I saw it. The first time was at Bishan Park canal, after the MRT depot. If you know anything about it, feel free to comment on this entry.


Picture I took of the black dog in Bishan canal

I only saw a few birds in Sime Forest and wish to know how R Subaraj and the other birders see so many birds in the forest. I suppose I would need more experience and be sharper. In the past, I would see nothing, then one species, then two species of birds. I guess I just need to be more “bird-sensitive”!

Also, I must learn how to take clear photos. I usually cannot take shots properly. It is to dark and lacks if I use program mode (P), and it is bright and blurry sometimes when I use Auto mode.

Sime forest trip 8.2.08 Part 1

February 12, 2008

On 8 February 2008, I went to Sime Forest with my mother. We started at Macritchie Reservoir Park, walking along the Macritchie Nature Trail, to the Treetop walk and to the Jelutong tower, then going back to the ranger station, leaving at Venus Drive, walking all the way out to the bus stop.

Sime forest

My mother and I reached Macritchie reservoir park at 7:50 am. Once we entered the trail, we were greeted by a woodpecker. It could have been a Common goldenback, Greater goldenback or Laced woodpecker. Look at for more information. After reading the comments, I think that it is a laced woodpecker.

(Will be continued in Part 2)

Greater goldenback or Common goldenback?

February 9, 2008

Yesterday, after persuading my mother, she finally brought me to Sime Forest. We started off at Macritchie Reservoir park. Once I entered the forest, I saw what I thought was a greater goldenback.


It may have been a common goldenback-

To know more on how to differentiate them, go to

I thought it might be a Greater goldenback because of its eyes. The eye is white with a black dot in it.