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Galana

Golden rule when encountering any snake that you can't identify quickly. Avoid it.

I may be wrong but I think that snake is a non venomous Chequered Keel snake. NOT to be confused with its deadly cousin the Red-necked Keelback.

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Thank you to all the BY participants for the rousing encouragement and support to get me going on my first attempt at the BY.  I did wonder if I chose the wrong year to take part in as I have no

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003 Grey Heron Pasir Ris Park Feb 11     and adding this not too good a photo just to show the heron hoping to steal the otter's meal of a big fish - they were quite a distance aw

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Kitsafari

Thank you @TonyQ

 

@Dave Williams and @Galana I stay as far as possible from snakes. I have a phobia of snakes and get nightmares of them chasing me. But if I remember correctly, this particular snake species is non-venomous. 

 

 

 

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I had been wondering if it was worth continuing the BY list given that the future of ST is still uncertain over the long-term. at the same time, I'm curious how far i can push the list. I'll have to squeeze in as many as I can before the Dec 24 temporary shutdown - is it still possible to add to the 2018 list in 2019?

 

will there in fact be 2019 BY lists? I really hope so - I've enjoyed everyone's lists tremendously this year, getting to see a lot of stunning birds, especially those from South America which I doubt if I'll see over the next few years. 

 

so, on that note, I guess I"ll have to put in as much as I can the backlog I've built over the last few months.

(NB: I'll be posting a lot of Herman's photos. after he invested in a new camera, his photos have become so improved that mine look really crap in contrast)

 

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246: Black Baza, Changi Business Park , Nov 22

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these stunning raptors were winter migrants stopping by in Singapore to rest and fuel up before moving on. There were 8 of them when we were there that morning. 

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247: Indian Cuckoo, Changi Biz Park, Oct 31

 

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Another winter visitor but a rather uncommonly seen one. 

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248: Crested Goshawk, Sept 18, Pasir Ris Park

 

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this was a breeding pair. One of them was collecting materials for a nest which was well hidden in a tree. 

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249: Thick-billed green pigeon, Bidadari, Nov 27

 

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This was a female thick-billed green pigeon, with a sub-adult. Males have maroon wings,which makes them very pretty. This is a resident species but found mainly in wooded areas. The females look a lot like female pink-necked pigeons except for the green ring around the eyes. 

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250: Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Gardens by the Bay, October 5

 

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A stunning uncommon migrant, the oriental dwarf kingfisher is also known as the black-backed or the three-toed kingfisher. It's only about 12.5-14cm small and only an average of 10 comes through Singapore during the migratory season. THis particular bird was attacked by a territorial white-breasted waterhen, was then taken in by a veteran birder who cared for it overnight under the guidance of a wildlife rescue organisation. It was released back into the same area, but after it was seen a couple more times, it was not seen again. hopefully it survived and flew off to its distant destination. 

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251: Crow-Billed Drongo, Bidadari, October 24

 

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There are four species of drongos that are seen in Singapore. Other than the racket-tailed drongo, the other three - crow-billed, black and ashy drongos are winter visitors. The crow-billed is distinguished from the others by a thick bill,which can be quite tricky in the thick foliage!, and found mainly in forests.

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252: White-crested Laughing Thrush, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Sept 23

 

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This is an introduced species but are breeding very well here. 

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253: Banded Woodpecker, Bidadari, October 9

 

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this is a lovely woodpecker species, a resident here but not often seen. found mainly in wooded areas. 

 

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Peter Connan

Congratulations on reaching 250, and with a really beautiful bird!

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Thanks you @Peter Connan. I had thought I would never reach the 200 mark when I began. now i' m wondering if i can get to 350 if I'm allowed to add to the 2018 list next year. 

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254: Cinereous Bulbul, Bidadari, Nov 5

 

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A rare non-breeding visitor to Singapore. The cinereous bulbul is found mostly in forested areas and is a winter migrant. 

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2 hours ago, Kitsafari said:

now i' m wondering if i can get to 350 if I'm allowed to add to the 2018 list next year. 

It's been done before and I can see no reason why you shouldn't be, especially since the deadline for this year  is now the 24th. 

Some excellent additions and photos again. I've never managed to get a shot of a European Cuckoo half as good as yours. Congattulations on reaching #250 and looking forward to more then!

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I agree, especially last year I was very late, I think I only concluded in February so that should be fine. And at least from my side, more than ready to carry on with the Big Year. Congratulations on #250, lovely additions!

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More lovely additions and close-up images of birds we do not see often in Big Year posts! The dwarf kingfisher is a beauty! Carry on, every photo taken in 2018 counts :D!

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Well done on 250! Those are some excellent additions. I had never heard of a black baza before - that’s a big part of why I like BY - it’s hreat way to uncover birds that you otherwise would never have heard of 

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Welcome back from Kenya 

Well done on 250-lots of great sightings. I see that Herman is hooked as well!

I see no problem with posting late as it is photos taken in 2018.

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Zim Girl

Congratulations on reaching 250, really well done.

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255: Jerdon's Baza, Changi Business Park, December 3

 

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This is a winter migrant that visits Singapore every year. It has a crest on the top of its head (just visible in the 3rd pic) but it was hard to see against all those foliage. It was hanging out with its cousins the Black Bazas. 

 

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256: Japanese sparrowhawk, Eastwood vicinity, Dec 20

 

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We had spent an entire Sunday in November watching waves after waves of various raptors flying past our coast but all my photos came out rubbish. they were just too high. But I had a wonderful surprise yesterday. While trying to capture a baby tailorbird in the mango tree in my neighbour's backyard, I saw this raptor perched inside the tree, looking very calmly at me. The female Japanese sparrowhawk is a migrant from northern China and Korea. It's distinguished from the Chinese sparrowhawk (which is rarer) by its yellow ring around its eyes and the female has a banded belly. 

 

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257: Oriental Darter, Singapore Quarry, Sept 29

 

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The oriental darter is a rare visitor to Singapore and so attracted hordes of photographers to this quarry-turned-lake. It turned up late, probably because an eagle ( I can't recall which one) had just left the area. It was very cool watching it dive into the water, swim along, fly above the water and perched to shake its wings off water and dry. 

 

 

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