We are intending to travel to Singapore for birding [& a bit of touristing!].
We being myself, my husband and an adult son with disabilities. This somewhat
restricts us; really early starts and very long days are a bit tricky, as well
as very long walks, but we have managed destinations such as Lord Howe, Cocos &
Christmas Islands [although we did have a car for all of those].
So, we are intending to go in October, as we are keen to see migratory birds as
well as the resident ones. From what I have read, some of the Kingfishers don’t
arrive till October & the waders should be there by then. Is this a good time
to go to Singapore? Nothing is booked yet though, so I am open to alternative
Is a week long enough to get around to all the birding sites and play tourist a
Looking on ebird and various websites I can see that there are a surprising
number of places to go birding in Singapore. Standouts seem to be Singapore
Botanic Gardens, Pulau Ubin, Pasir Ris Park, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve &
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The birds I want to see the most are any of the
owls [but most especially the Spotted Wood Owl or the Buffy Fish Owl but any
would bring me joy], any of the Kingfishers, Crimson Sunbird, a Barbet, any
Woodpecker & Oriental Pied Hornbill; too many more to list. I have very rarely
birded outside of Australia so am easy to please . What I would like to know is
where within those sites to find my most wanted. I know that the Spotted Wood
Owls are seen at Pasir Ris & Oriental Pied Hornbill at Pulau Ubin but I have no
idea where at those sites. Any advise would be very welcome. Because of the
extra difficulties of travelling with my son, places that are easy to get to
and get around would suit us best.
It has been suggested that hiring a guide to take us around in a car one day
would be a help, especially in getting to some of the more scattered sites that
only a local would know. If anyone can suggest a guide that would be wonderful.
I have zero experience in using a guide.
Finally, I would love some suggestions for accommodation. I am the only early
riser & prefer to stay at places with gardens, good parks and birding potential
so I can get up early and go off by myself without disturbing anyone else. We
would probably prefer not to stay in the city, so long as there is public
transport to get there.
Sorry for the long email.
>From Jenny Stiles, Sydney