RE: Re Singapore

To: "'ANDREW ADCOCK'" <>, <>
Subject: RE: Re Singapore
From: "Steve Potter" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 19:19:34 +0930
Thanks Andrew.


Looks like the Botanic Gardens just went up a notch on the priority list. I
like Owls!


Does the "where to watch birds in World Cities" include Medan, Indonesia? So
far after 3 visits I have House swift, & Rock Dove!




Steve Potter 
Adelaide, SA




Sent: Thursday, 21 June 2007 6:10 PM
To: ; Steve Potter
Subject: Re Singapore


Hi all,

in response to Steve's request, below is a small extract from a report I did
on a trip taken in 2001 .  Anyone who does trips regularly which involve
'stopovers' in major Cities may want to obtain a copy of  'Where to watch
Birds in World Cities' by Paul Milne and there are some very good 'where to
watch birds in' guides available which give logistics and species lists for
just about anywhere in the world.


Singapore Botanical Gardens, good for Spotted Wood Owl, usually behind the
'cool house' and calling from dusk, Goffin's Cockatoo (Corrella, feral) and
Large-tailed Nightjar.


Sime forest runs around the Singapore golf and country club and provides
some good woodland habitat, not too much seen here but did get Banded
Woodpecker, Chestnut bellied Malkoha and Short- tailed Babbler.


Pulau Ubin is a little island in the strait of Johor, you can walk the
island or hire a bicycle, head for Changi village to make the short boat
crossing.  The island provides mangrove and forest habitat and a host of
tiny but particularly vicious, Mosquito's.  I saw a pair of Vinous breasted
Starlings here which no one can decide upon the origins of, they could be
vagrants or feral.  The only place on the trip where I saw Laced Woodpecker
and also got quite good views of Red Junglefowl and Mangrove Whistler but no
Mangrove Pitta.  The day I was there coincided with a cycle-cross rally and
lots of track marshals with megaphones rather spoilt the day but I assume
this is not a weekly event?




Cheers, Andy.

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