My favourite site at the Gardens is the area near or at the Satay by the Bay. There is a lotus pond right next to the food centre and a larger Kingfisher Lake nearby. Standing on the bridge overlooking the Kingfisher Lake can yield local residents such as the White-throated Kingfisher, Ashy Tailorbird, Oriental White-eye, White-breasted Waterhen, Asian Koel and Olive-backed Sunbird. During the migratory months, you may even see the Brown Shrike, Common Kingfisher and Asian Brown Flycatcher.
|Birdwatcher in action at the lotus pond.|
|Female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea).|
The Asian Koel is a noisy bird, often calling at the break of dawn. The easily recognisable male territorial call is a very loud KO-EL, with emphasis on the second note and repeated with increasing emphasis. The male bird may be mistaken for a crow, except that it has glossy blue-black plumage, a stout greenish bill and red eyes. An increase in the population of House Crows in Singapore also means more Koels because they are brood parasites. The female Koel lays her eggs in another bird's nest, usually the House Crow's, and lets the other bird bring up her chicks.
|Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus).|
|Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica).|
This bird is easy to recognise because it has a habit of fanning out its tail.
|Pied Triller (Lalage nigra) .|
|Male Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis).|
|Female Olive-backed Sunbird feeding from the Scarlet Spiral Flag flower.|
The Olive-backed Sunbird is commonly found in our parks and gardens. One can easily find them at the Gardens, busily drinking nectar from the Scarlet Spiral Flag (Costus woodsonii) flowers. Their call sounds like tswi-tswit-tititititi, or twit-twit-twit-twit. Small bird, loud voice!
|White-bellied Sea eagle. Often found soaring above Marina Bay area.|
|This particular male Laced Woodpecker likes to peck on metallic lampshades.|
|An elusive resident - Ruddy-breasted Crake.|
|Another elusive resident - Red-legged Crake.|
Some of the birds I have seen at the Satay by the Bay area were:
Asian Glossy Starling
Oriental Magpie Robin
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Little Bronze Cuckoo
Little Tern (at the reservoir)
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Oriental Honey Buzzard