Birding at Laotieshan, Liaoning province- raptor watch

Laotieshan, located at the southernmost tip of Liaoning is probably the best place to watch raptors migrate in vast numbers in autumn in China! Waking up at 5am everyday and being at the same spot counting the number of birds till noon was no easy task unless you’re a hardcore birder! I was just there to take pictures, soak up the environment and watch the avid birders do the tough work…lol! 😛 The weather hasn’t been brilliant during my stay there-but there was no stopping of raptors trying to cross the sea to Shandong! Of course, there were a few solo raptors who aborted their onward flight when fog hits bad while some gathered in groups to fly together!

In early hours, small birds would migrate first-groups of Pechora pipits were heard and seen, Daurian starlings, Asian brown flycatchers, Black-Naped orioles, Siberian stonechats and even Dollar birds! Then came the raptors- Japanese Sparrowhawks in huge numbers with an Eurasian Sparrowhawk amongst them, Amur Falcons, Kestrels, Oriental Honey Buzzards and Pied Harriers!

Amur falcons are common in autumn migration

Amur falcons are common in autumn migration

oriental honey buzzards in Laotieshan

oriental honey buzzards in Laotieshan

Japanese sparrowhawks are plentiful at Laotieshan

Japanese sparrowhawks are plentiful at Laotieshan

On a foggy day, Gulls, Shearwaters, etc, seemed to near the coastal shore as well, which was brilliant for seabirding! I love seabirds!

Mongolian gulls and Black-tailed gulls

Mongolian gulls and Black-tailed gulls

the art of seabirding!

the art of seabirding!

It’s been a fun few days- every morning, we wake up with anticipation and by the end of the day, we rewarded ourselves with ice-cream and coke (but no lunch..@_@)! Can we have lunch included in the itinerary next time please?? >.<

a break for an ice-cream and coke!

a break for an ice-cream and coke!

 

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