Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and Bat Hawk sightings

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On 4th February 2009, at 8:53 am Marcus Ng a.k.a. budak sighted an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Cyex erithacus erithacus) at the MacRitchie Reservoir area (above).

“This bird only turns up after 6pm to fish. A surprise when it got darker (7.30 pm) was a *Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus) (pale throat area and steady flight with slow wing beats, unlike the swooping pattern of nightjars) that made repeated forays over the reservoir.”

Marcus is one of the four who sighted the Bat Hawk and provided undisputed proof in the form of a clear image the evening before. For Marcus’ image of the Bat Hawk, please click HERE.

The kingfisher is an uncommon winter visitor to Singapore while the Bat Hawk is supposed to be a rare non-breeding visitor.

This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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