RFI Singapore

Subject: RFI Singapore
From: Ian Reid <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:31:10 +1030

I have birded a couple of times on short (ie 1-2 day) stopovers through Singapore. I birded the Botanic Gardens and but probably arrived too late in the day for pleasant birding -- there were lots of toursit groups doing the orchids and it was of course very hot. Still a decent array of birds and worth a visit.

More successful and interesting was a visit to Pasir Ris Park, 10-15min north-west of Changi airport (I got a taxi there from the airport and flagged on dow to take me back). There is an area of mangroves there where I had Collared and White-throated Kingfisher, Night Heron, and the main reason for going there, Mangrove Pitta (a scarce resident in Singapore).

If you are feeling very adventurous and wanting some hardcore rainforest birding, Panti forest in Johor province on the Malay peninsula is about 2.5 hours drive from downtown Singapore. I have visited twice on a day trip: once with some ex-pat birders I know there (very successful), and once on my own (hired a car from airport and drove myself -- still good, but not so successful with only one pair of inexperienced eyes). There's a report from the former on my website.

Let me know if you want more detail about either Pasir Ris park or Panti.

Cheers, Ian

On 12/11/2013 08:02, Wilsons wrote:
Hi all
I will be in Singapore for work next week but for once I will have a full free 
day (Saturday) to do some birding rather than my usual problem of trying to 
sneak in some quick sessions in the short gaps between daylight hours and 
office hours.  I've been looking at various sites on the net, including NSS 
Singapore (no outing that weekend), to work out places to go and I'm thinking 
that two areas probably worth focusing on are :

Sungei Buloh
Central Catchment/MacRitchie Reservoirs

I think getting to SB is straightforward, but is it easy to get from one to the 
other (or is taxi the best option)? Any recommended areas specifically at 
Central Catchment/MacRitchie as it seems there are several associated parks in 
the area.

Sunday morning (also free until about 10:30) I'll go to the Botanic Gardens if 
I'm feeling up for it - been there before but it's very pleasant.

What state of tide works best for Sungei Buloh?  The day I have free the tide 
is low at 7:30am (as centre opens) and high at 1:30pm.  From what I've read, 
ideally I think I'd want to be there 1st thing before it gets too busy.

I'm also going to look at birding pals to see who may be around but if anybody 
has a pal they have been out with before that they'd recommend I'm all ears.

Tom Wilson

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