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My Singapore Lifer List (1 Viewer)

SeeToh

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Singapore, being a small island, has an impressive list of around 400 bird specie (including residents, migrants and escapees) occuring in a wild state.

My lifer list for Singapore starting from no. 227 are:

227: Great-billed Heron (Rare Resident Breeder)
228: Blue-rumped Parrot (Rare Resident Breeder)
229: Whiskered Treeswift (Rare Non-Breeding Visitor)
230: Wood Sandpiper (Common Winter Visitor/Passage Migrant)
231: African Grey Parrot (Escapee)
232: Green Imperial Pigeon (Rare Non-Breeding Visitor)

Will update my SG lifer list using this thread from now onwards.
 

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Got my #233 from a tip-off from my birding buddy on Sep 2. However, did not share his luck in watching/shooting a two usually very shy male greater painted snipe in an open field. I only managed to flush out a male bird (classified as a rare breeding resident in Singapor) which flew low for a short distance and disappeared into the bushes.

Also managed to tick off my last COMMON resident bird of Singapore at the same location - Asian Palm Swift (#234). Although classified as common, this specie seems to be overcrowded by the more abundant Germain's Swiftlet and Black-nest Swiftlet.

Then got my #235 in the form of the escapee - Orange-cheeked Waxbill. Both adults and juvenile were sighted, implying successfully breeding of this African waxbill in Singapore.

The day was wrapped up with a possible #236 - Common Snipe. Flushed a pair and saw quite a fair bit of white on their underwing. Will have to return to the same site for confirmation though.
 
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SeeToh

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Got my #237 this evening: a female Blue-breasted Quail (or King Quail), an uncommon breeding resident of Singapore.
 

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Today, I have finally broken my jinx migrant specie which is the Terek Sandpiper (#238), a common winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore. Saw a pair feeding at a fast pace on the mudflat at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Also got my #239 at the same place: a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit. This is a uncommon winter visitor/passage migrant here.
 

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Happy to break #240 by sighting the Crested Serpent Eagle in Singapore. Have seen it in Malaysia where it is common. It's a rare resident in Singapore where breeding is suspected but could not be proven.
 

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Got my #241 this morning - a pair of white-winged tern in non-breeding plummage. This specie is a common winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore.
 

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Gone out to the high seas along the Singapore Straits on 1st October 2011 hoping to get some sea bird lifers. And was rewarding by sighting:

#242 Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel (uncommon passage migrant)
#243 Bridled Tern (uncommon winter visitor)
#244 Aleutian Tern (rare vagrant)
#245 Great Crested Tern (common winter visitor)
 

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After reviewing all the photographs taken by my photographic buddies for this pelagic trip (http://www.naturepixels.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=16345), got my #246 in the form of a juvenile Sooty Tern moulting into adult plummage. Could not discern them among the large flock of Bridled Tern from my bino. The choppy waters did not help in this regard.

What is more amazing is that this is the first record of the Sooty Tern in Singapore (or at Horsburgh Lighthouse which is located at the eastern enterance to the Singapore Straits and about 54 km to the east of Singapore to be more exact).
 

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The expert who confirmed the Sooty Tern ID now had doubts. Anyway, since I did not see it specifically among the flock, it should not be included as my lifer even if ID is confirmed. So the count is back to #245.
 

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From the tip of a facebook acquaintance who lived at the edge of one of Singapore's last few protected forests, I got my #246 in the form of the black-headed bulbul. It's great to get to see a small flock (at least 3 birds) of this rare resident breeder feeding on a fruiting tree. It is quite common in Peninsula Malaysia though.
 

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Sighted a flock of migratory terns at one of the reservoir and thought they were the common White-winged Terns. However, my ID was wrong. They were Whiskered Terns instead - a rare winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore. This will be my #247 o:D

The digiscoped photo showed an adult Whiskered in non-breeding plummage on the left and a juvenile on the right.
 

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Got my #248: a flock of Grey Plovers resting on a rocky outcrop off the coast of Pulau Ubin.
 

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Nailed #249 today. It was a pair of Black-winged Stilt considered a rare winter visitor/passage migrant to Singapore. One individual was sighted on 20-21 Oct but I missed it. Prior to this sighting, the specie was last recorded in Singapore in 2005.
 

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Wonder whether the floods in Thailand are forcing migrants to stopover at Singapore. Got my #250 in the form of a Juvenile Grey-headed Lapwing. This specie is considered a vagrant to Singapore. Great to hit 250 Singapore lifers with such a rarity:king:
 

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Got an unexpected lifer today at a new location that I never been before. My #251 is a Grey Wagtail in non-breeding plummage (uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore). Just love the bright yellow underwear (vent) it is wearingo:D
 

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It had been a lucky 5-day for me where I managed to chalk up 1 lifer a day except for one day:king: Got my #252 after a tip-off from a birding pal. Sighted and digiscoped (using fixed 30x eyepiece) a flock of Lesser Crested Terns (common winter visitor/passage migrant) resting on a floating fish farm about 250-300m from the coast. Hope my streak will continue this week:king:
 

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Got my #253 this afternoon. I was about to leave the current hotest birding spot in Singapore as rain was approaching but a birding pal spotted this juvenile Chinese Sparrowhawk perching high up but in the open. This specie is a uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore.

Hope I get my ID right here;)
 

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Luck continued with me this weekend. Added three lifers into my Singapore list amazingly in a single day o:D

#254 - Booted Eagle - rare passage migrant.
#255 - Common Buzzard - uncommon winter visitor
#256 - Fork-tailed Swift - uncommon winter visitor/passge migrant

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Lifer #257 for Singapore: Grey Nightjar - a rare winter visitor and passage migrant
 

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