Friday, January 20, 2012

Kingfishers found in Singapore

When you are a beginner, you get excited about seeing birds of any kind. When you have been photographing or bird watching for sometime, it's all about ticking off groups of birds. I finally completed the Singapore kingfishers (both local and migrant) collection. But I don't think I will tire from photographing these birds as they are another of my favorite bird families.
White-throated Kingfisher

The White-throated Kingfisher is probably the most common kingfisher here but it is in certain places being displaced by the Collared Kingfishers that are moving inland from coastal areas.
Collared Kingfisher
Together with the Stork-billed Kingfisher they make up the Singapore tree kingfisher family group.
Stork-billed Kingfisher
Then there's the smallest one - the Blue-eared Kingfisher - that is from the river kingfisher family group.These deep blue jewels are about the size of a sparrow and they live within our nature reserves.
Blue-eared Kingfisher
During the Northern hemisphere winter, we get four migrant kingfishers. Two tree kingfishers join our local stock - the Black-capped Kingfisher and the Ruddy Kingfisher.
Black-capped Kingfisher
Black-capped Kingfishers can (if you are lucky) be spotted along our mangrove and river mouth (un-damed rivers) areas.
Ruddy Kingfisher
Lastly, two sparrow-sized kingfishers -the Common Kingfisher and the Black-backed Kingfisher - bring the total kingfishers found in Singapore to eight.
Common Kingfisher
The Common Kingfishers can be seen in our parks but you will have to be very observant to be able to spot them sitting quietly on plants on waters edge as they hunt fish.
Black-backed Kingfisher
The Black-backed is harder to spot as it disappears into our catchment areas and largely lives around very thick cover near water.
As for me, it is time to venture further a field to capture images of other kingfishers found around this region.


Sree said...

Hi Shirley,

I love your blog. Ive been a silent visitor so far, but thought of finally saying Hi and wanted to let you know I totally enjoy reading your posts on the biodiversity in Singapore. I am a bit of an artist and a fledgling 'birder':) Wish I could spot and sketch as many birds as you find!

Shirls said...

Hi Sree -
Thank you for dropping me a note. There's wildlife around us. Sit quitely in one of your favorite parks and observe the acitivity around you that's how you learn to spot wildlife. Appreciate them before you start sketching.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shirley,
Love your kingfisher images.
I am a novice bird photographer, have seen the black-capped kingfisher several times but find them notoriously skittish.
Still have not been able to capture this lovely bird :-(
Best regards,