Home sweet home for Easter

Just back from a great breakaway in Singapore, and spent quality time with friends and family and of course did some birding! 😛 April is definitely not the best time to visit Singapore as rain showers are regular and that they very likely become thunderstorms! Despite a stormy day, me and my friends hiked up to the Tree-Top walk in MacRitchie Reservoir on Good Friday. None of my friends were hikers and little did they know the whole trip would take more than 3 hours! It was a wet day, but we (only 2) did see some birds along the way- Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Emerald Dove, Flameback woodpecker, Banded woodpecker, Blue-throated Beeater, etc! By the end of the walk, everyone was flat out! And while some were desperate for food, another was busy soothing the mozzie bites and there were so many that I lost count! =__=’ Nonetheless, the day was fantastic and we had a good prata dinner! 🙂

tree-top walk in Singapore

tree-top walk in Singapore

Despite the tight, busy schedule devouring the local food I sorely missed, I still managed to squeeze in some time to visit Pasir Ris Park, Lower Pierce Reservoir, Japanese Garden and Bidadari Cemetery, etc! Thanks to a good birder friend of mine, who drove us from park to park, from West to East and Central! Thanks Low! 🙂

Here are some photos taken during the trip!

little corella, coppersmith barbet in Singapore

little corella, coppersmith barbet in Singapore

From right-oriental honey buzzard, green imperial pigeon, pied hornbill

From right-oriental honey buzzard, green imperial pigeon, pied hornbill

spotted wood owl- Juvenile

spotted wood owl- Juvenile

Monitor lizards are residents in Singapore parks, do watch out for them..!

lizard sniffing around

lizard sniffing around

And here’s the beautiful sunset in Singapore…taken at Marina Bay Sands. 🙂

Sunset in Singapore

Sunset in Singapore

 

Birds of Western Australia- Margaret River

Who loves a good wine? I do!! At the Margaret River Region, I whet my own appetite and savored good wines at some wineries-nearly soused! My accommodation was a very unique building- once a chapel, later transformed into Bed and Breakfast! It was a very comfortable and cozy place to stay, but the best part about this place was feathered friends who lived in the forest close by, make daily morning visits to the garden!! Almost as early as 5am, I could hear birds chirping outside! Quickly I made myself some hot coffee, grabbed my gears, and sat at the porch area! Talk about armchair birding! 🙂

Some of the birds I have seen and taken photos in the garden were-

  1. New Holland Honeyeater
  2. Galah
  3. Australian Ringneck
  4. Common Bronzewing
  5. White Naped Honeyeater
  6. Western Gerygone
  7. Little Corella
  8. Red Wattlebird
  9. Western Rosella
  10. Unknown flying duck that landed in neighbour’s pool!
White Naped Honeyeater

White Naped Honeyeater

 Red Wattlebird

Red Wattlebird

New Holland honeyeater

New Holland honeyeater

From left- Western Gerygone, Galah, Common Bronzewing

From left- Western Gerygone, Galah, Common Bronzewing

A short drive from my Bed and Breakfast place landed me at the Rotary Park! It was only a short visit and I only walked along the trail near the car-park area! Already I could here  rustling of leaves and while I was still trying to make sense of what was moving behind those scrubs…a huge flock of fairywrens popped out of nowhere! They all looked kind of different in colour, but since Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti),  Red-winged Fairywren (Malurus elegans) and Blue-breasted Fairywren (Malurus pulcherrimus) can be found here, I tried to take photos of everyone of them…! But they outnumbered me and moved on too quickly for me to take photos of everyone of them!!!! Anyway, it was still an extraordinary sight to see them in large numbers!

Red-winged Fairywren, male and female

Red-winged Fairywren, male and female

Red-winged Fairywren but with a white back

Red-winged Fairywren but with a white back

Blue-breasted Fairywren

Blue-breasted Fairywren