On 29 April 2010, I bought a 300mm lens to try out for birds and butterflies photography. About two months in, I gave up on photographing butterflies but kept on photographing birds. Since then, I’ve kept track of this hobby more meticulously that I normally would.
Today marks the first year of this endevour for me. What have I accomplished so far:
- Discovered and photographed 2 new species of escapee birds (White-rumped Seedeater and Crimson-rumped Waxbill).
- First to photograph in the wild a new species of escapee bird (Black-and-white Mannikin), that was first discovered elsewhere captured for ringing purposes.
- Discovered a flock of Yellow-fronted Canaries (another escapee bird) that in the past have only been found singly.
- Explored and popularized a patch of land called Punggol Mini Grassland near Punggol East Road
First among my group to photograph the following uncommon birds:
- A flock of 3 Jerdon Bazas, a rare migrant to our shores (Lorong Halus).
- Sooty-headed Bulbuls flock (Punggol East)
- Black Swan cygnets (Singapore Botanic Garden)
- Little Grebes fledglings (Lorong Halus)
- Plaintive Cuckoos (Lorong Halus and Tuas Grassland)
- Male Banded Bay Cuckoo (Lorong Halus)
Photos and articles in Bird Ecology Study Group blog:
- Lineated Barbet Feeding Chick
- Black-and-white Mannikin Spotted
- Crimson-Rumped Waxbill, Another Exotic Canary
- Yellow-fronted Canary and White-rumped Seedeater Spotted
- Long-tailed Shrike and Fledglings
- Collared Kingfisher Catches A Froglet
My bird count stands at 170 identified non-captive birds photographed in Singapore, and 23 for birds captured in Fraser’s Hill bringing a total of 193.