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Asian Glossy-starling

Crested Mynah

Asian Glossy-starling

Crested Mynah

Green Imperial-pigeon

Tree Sparrow

Green Imperial-pigeon

Tree Sparrow

After phoning ahead and discovering that it wasn’t possible to enter the reserve until 8am, I resigned myself to a slightly later lie in and catch a taxi from the hotel at 7:15am. After waking up far too early, I decided on a wander around the hotel and adjacent park area. This was most definitely a good idea, since the early morning light was exquisite as it hit the Asian Glossy Starlings and Crested Mynahs. While watching these, I found my first Green Imperial-pigeons, also benefiting from the light, perched at the top of the tall trees which lined the avenue between the road and the sea. The lack of any waders on the seashore was disappointing, but the singing Oriental Magpie-robin and displaying Pied Fantails were ample compensation.

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

The porter at the hotel summoned a taxi at 7:15, and we ground our way through the morning traffic to the sanctuary, arriving just short of 7:45. After spending 15 minutes staring at the litter strewn river adjacent to the sanctuary, picking up Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher as I waited, I marched my way through the gates at 8:01. I was the first visitor to arrive, and also found my first Pink-necked Green-pigeons next to the visitor centre. This was presumably a favoured spot, since it was the only group I saw during the morning. After paying the MR10 entrance fee, I completed 2 circuits of the boardwalk. Birds are a little few and far between around the mangroves, with Little & Great Egrets predictably the most common. At the bird hide, which looks over a more open expanse of marsh, there is a small heronry for Purple Herons, with a few birds in residence. Most of the boardwalk is through thick mangroves, interspersed occasionally by more open areas containing mud and open water. I did climb the observation tower, but the only notable sighting was group of school children who threatened to spoil the calm of the walk. However, I traversed this group without any unnecessary violence or aggression. The last few hundred metres of the trail, which runs adjacent to the same narrow river mentioned earlier was perhaps one of the most lively for passerines, particularly numerous Ashy Taylorbirds, as well as a mobile Yellow-bellied Prinia and female sunbirds, which looked like Plain-throated. Apart from 1-2 Collared Kingfishers, the only other birds of note in the mangroves were regular Pied Fantails and a couple of Common Ioras. With 20 minutes or so left before the taxi returned, I had been pondering at the lack of snakes, when I looked over the boardwalk to find 2 different sized Dog-faced Water-snakes. The smaller snake seemed to take sport from aggravating the larger individual. Only other noteworthy sighting was a pair of Java Sparrows which flew on to overhead wires as the taxi approached the hotel on return. 

Ashy Tailorbird

Pink-necked Green-pigeon

Ashy Tailorbird

Pink-necked Green-pigeon

Purple Heron

Dog-faced Snake

Purple Heron

Dog-faced Water-snake

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