RFI Singapore birding

To: Bob Gosford <>
Subject: RFI Singapore birding
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:02:48 +0000
Hi Bob
I try and bird when I’m in Singapore for work.  What can be done depends on how 
much your colleague wants to do and how mobile he(?) is – both personally and 
the public transport vs. taxi (not expensive) equation.  Taxis can be arranged 
to pick up at more out of the way locations (eg McRitchie Reservoirs/Central 
Catchment or Bukit Timah) where it is harder to flag a passing vehicle when one 
pops out of the park/scrub/forest.  The Botanic Gardens, Gardens-by-the-Bay, 
Pasir Ris Park and Kanji Marshes/Sungei Buloh Wetlands are all accessible by 
public transport (eg rail and/or bus) and have good birds – esp for the first 
time visitor. 
Pasir Ris is not far from the airport and offers the possibility of Spotted 
Wood and Buffy Fish-Owls, as well as woodpeckers and kingfishers.  This site 
( talks about Pasir Ris and the 
Botanic Gardens.  
Gardens-by-the-Bay is attracting more birds as the site becomes established and 
has the added bonus of a very nice hawker-style food centre – Satay-by-the-Bay 
– conveniently next to a pond that attracts some good birds!  (Satay, Tiger 
Beer, Whistling Ducks and Yellow Bitterns – could one ask for anything more?)
Facebook has a Singapore Birders group if your colleague is on that forum – 
joining this will show some spots as well (although he will need to interpret 
the shorthand that accompanies the photos).
Nature Society of Singapore ( and Singapore Nat’l Parks 
( have 
site suggestions too.
Sadly, the Bidadari Cemetery site (which 12 months ago would have been top of 
my list) has fallen prey to development and it remains to be seen if the 
greenery that is planned to remain once the bulldozers and cranes have done 
their business means it retains its migrants hotspot status of the past few 
years .
Tom Wilson

PS I copied all the other groups here (where I can) so this note (if useful) 
ends up in archives for others to use.

From: Bob Gosford 
Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2016 4:10 PM
To: Birding-Aus ; Christopher Watson ; NT Birds group ; BirdChat posts 
Subject: RFI Singapore birding


An American colleague will be travelling to and from Darwin via Singapore
in late August - early September and has a full day layover in Singapore
coming and going.

Any suggestions for interesting birding sites or folks would be
appreciated. You can respond direct to me via  or at

Cheers and may the sun and wind be at your back and all the birds afore ye

Bob Gosford

Bob Gosford
The Northern Myth blog
Alice Springs, NT
Ph: (+61) 0447024968
Twitter: @bgosford
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