Birds of Singapore - danielwee

There are close to 396 Bird Species in Singapore.  Over the last few years (since 2011), I have photographed birds around the nature reserve, parks and gardens in Singapore and they are archived into the following galleries arranged according to species in alphabetical order.


The best period to photograph birds is during October to March each year when the migratory birds can be found in many locations.  In the last couple of years, it has been reported that the migratory birds are lingering in Singapore for a prolonged period than usual and some of this indication is observed at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.  Singapore's Nature Society Bird's Group who keep annual records of species that are last spotted in Singapore has also found that some species have extended their stopover, for example the Brown Chested Jungle-flycatcher and Blue-winged Pitta. During the lull period of April to September, the birds community has other options to photograph such as our local resident birds species and some of the most interesting birds photographed are taken during this period as they are nesting.  Most photographers, equipped with binoculars and telephoto lens, will stay at a distance from nest and wait patiently for the parents to bring back food for the babies; photographing these adult birds in flight, feeding process of young until the babies fledged out of the nest to become beautiful juvenile.  There are some unpleasant events happen now and then in birding community as we noted there are numerous unethical practices by a small group of photographers (this is something happening everywhere in the world or even worst) where they clear forestation to get better view, excessive feeding to get close-up shots and in 2014 tying of chicks in Tuas South. Feeding birds is a controversial topic as there are groups who strongly condemn such act while others found that there are nothing wrong to do so. I am neutral at this as I could not find any relevant scientific literature pointing to the adverse direct effect of this. But restraining birds by tying the legs, removing chicks from the nest, shifting the nest are strictly no-no for myself and my fellow photographers.


Some of the locations in Singapore I have been to to shoot these birds include Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Pasir Ris Park, Singapore Botanic Garden, Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Venus Drive, Macritchie Reservoir, Yishun Dam, Punggol Barrat, Ubin, Pelagic Trip on Straits of Singapore, Kent Ridge Park, Mount Faber, Sentosa, Pulau Semakau, Changi Park, Changi Rocks, Tuas South, Jurong Lake, Jurong Centre Park, Kranji Marsh, Neo Tiew Lane, NSRCC, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Malcom Park, Bukit Timah Reserve, Admiralty Park, Lorong Halus, Bishan Park, Labrador Park, West Coast Park, Gardens By the Bay, Bukit Batok Nature Reserve, Little Guilin at Gombak, Central Catchment area, and now going to be excavated former Bidadari Cemetery.


My favorite birds are Kingfishers and Raptors.  In 2015, I conducted my personal BIG year and count the number of Species of Birds I can photo-shoot within a year and it was really hectic but rewarding as every moment you are practically on the toes looking for birds species.  I am quite happy as I have done my personal best of 204 birds species.  You should do one of this event yourself one day, it is one of the most rewarding process I have done in my life.