Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Oriental Pied Hornbills & Pink-Necked Green Pigeon

Went to Ubin today, and even before we got onto the boat at Changi village, we were quite lucky to see a pair of oriental pied hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris)!

According to "An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Singapore" by Wang, L. K. and Hails, C. J., the oriental pied hornbill was last recorded formally in 1885, and probably have gone extinct in the 1920s in Singapore. After which, it was still sighted several times in the Seletar and Changi areas, but these were presumed to be wildlife trade escapees or free-flyers from the Zoo. The first recorded sighting from Pulau Ubin was in 1994. These birds are likely to have flown over from Johor, and managed to settle down. Breeding was first recorded in 1997 on Pulau Ubin. There were records of breeding in Seletar too.

Anyway, back to the oriental pied hornbills I saw in Changi Village, and here's how the story goes...

Oriental Pied Hornbills, Anthracoceros albirostris
Male Hornbill: Ooi, I caught an insect. You want?

Oriental Pied-Hornbills, Anthracoceros albirostris
Female Hornbill: Of course lah! You bird brain...

Oriental Pied Hornbills, Anthracoceros albirostris
Male Hornbill: Ok ok. Give you. (Pardon the low quality pix. Dunno why suddenly lost focus...)

Oriental Pied-Hornbills, Anthracoceros albirostris
Female Hornbill: Yum yum!

Oriental Pied Hornbills, Anthracoceros albirostris
Female Hornbill: Gluurrppp....
Male Hornbill: Alamak... look at the way she eats! The wing of the insect still stuck at the side of the mouth... So disgusting... I better fly off in case others start associating me with her...

Oriental Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros albirostris
Female Hornbill: Ah... satisfying meal... Hey?!?! Where did he go?

Oriental Pied-Hornbill, Anthracoceros albirostris
Male Hornbill: Here lah! Quickly fly over here to hide. So malu...

Haha... No offends to the hornbill lovers, but thought it was kind of cute to see hornbill courtship in action.

Female Oriental Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros albirostris
Anyway, even when we were on Ubin, we saw at least 3 other hornbills! Here's one of my favourite shots today...

Apart from oriental pied hornbills, we saw lots of pink-necked green pigeons (Treron vernans) too!

Pink-necked green pigeon, Treron vernans
Here's a male pigeon feeding on the figs on a fig tree.

Pink-necked green pigeon, Treron vernans
And here's a female with a fig in its beak.

Pink-necked green pigeons are rather common in Singapore, but this is the first time I managed to get a decent shot of them as the ones I've seen previous were just too high up on the branches for my miserable camera with little zoom to get good shots :P

Certainly a happy day for me to have managed to get some decent shots of these beautiful birds.

Looking forward to seeing more great stuff tomorrow :)

2 comments:

EUNICEEESH(: said...

oooh nice series of bird action! they are really cute! ^^"

didnt know that they could be found on the mainland singapore, so cool!

tHE tiDE cHAsER said...

Glad u like it :)