Wednesday, July 17, 2024



Flycatchers/Leaf Birds



A7R4. in APS-C mode
A1 12 Jun 2022
FE 200-600/5.6-6.3 G
GM 600/4. 10 Sept 2022
190XPROB/GHFG1 14 Dec 2022
MT190CXPRO3/GHFG1. May 2022





Dark-sided Flycatcher

A dark, boldly streaked flycatcher. Upperparts sooty grey, much darker than Asian Brown Flycatcher. Underparts dirty white with bold diffused dark streaking, especially on breast and flanks. White malars and half-collar bolder and more prominent than Asian Brown Flycatcher.

f7.1 1/500. @600mm, ISO 2000, Dairy Farm Nature Park, 9 Feb 2022







Green-backed Flycatcher

A yellowish flycatcher with diagnostic olive-green back. Male yellow-browed, largely olive-greenish on the upperparts, with a white wing patch. Underparts and rump rich yellow. Female similar to yellow-rumped Flycatcher, but yellower on underparts, usually showing two thin pale wing bars, also lacks yellow rump and has a more prominant eye-ring. 

Male, f6.3 1/250. @600mm, ISO 6400, Dairy Farm Nature Park, 9 Feb 2022






Brown-chested Jungle-Flycatcher

Rather long bill with pale yellow lower mandible, faint dark mottling on throat. Orange legs.

f6.3 1/800. @600mm, ISO 20000, Hindhede Nature Park, 22 Oct 2021






Asian Brown Flycatcher

A nondescript brown flycatcher. Plumage mostly greyish brown on the upperparts and dirty white on the underparts, with a variable wash of grey-brown on the breast and flanks. Also pale lore patch and white eye-ring.

f6.3 1/800. SO 1250, GM600 TC1.4x, Woodlands Waterfront, 1 Feb 2024


f5.6 1/640. ISO 3200, GM600. TC 1.4x, Jurong Central Park, 17 Jan 2023


f6.3 1/800. ISO 6400, GM600 TC1.4x, Woodlands Waterfront, 1 Jan 2024








Brown-streaked Flycatcher

Similar to Asian Brown Flycatcher. Upperparts and wings brown, but more richly coloured, although this can be difficult to see well. Lower mandible pale yellow. Diffused brown streaks from upper breast run down to flanks. Belly dirty white.

A6400, f6.3 1/1600. @600mm, ISO 4000, Botanic Garden, 10 Sept 2021






Ferruginous Flycatcher

A rich orange-brown flycatcher. Adult bluish-grey on head. Mantle, back and wings rich chestnut. Underparts orangey brown, graduating to white on the belly. White eye-ring, lores, malars and throat. Young birds are boldly streaked chestnut brown on the upper underparts.

f5.6 1/125. ISO 2000, GM600 TC1.4x, 3 Nov 2023

Dairy Farm Nature Park, Wallace Trail


f5.6 1/125. ISO 2500, GM600 TC1.4x, 3 Nov 2023

Dairy Farm Nature Park, Wallace Trail


f5.6 1/125. ISO 2500, GM600 TC1.4x, 3 Nov 2023

Dairy Farm Nature Park, Wallace Trail


f5.6 1/165. ISO 2500, GM600 TC1.4x, 3 Nov 2023

Dairy Farm Nature Park, Wallace Trail


Shit!! f5.6 1/125. ISO 2000, GM600 TC1.4x, 3 Nov 2023

Dairy Farm Nature Park, Wallace Trail







Spotted Flycatcher

A first time seen lost migrant spotted in Singapore Kent Ridge Park. It was here likely due to 'navigation error'. Native to Palearctic region from Western Europe to North Mongolia. The birds breed in the swampy coniferous forest of Russia and Mongolia, west to Europe, south to mountains of Central Asia. The birds typically migrate from northern Asia to Africa via Middle East and Western India. The bird is very similar to Asian Brown Flycatcher, except it has additional streaks on its crown and chest, and a lower beak with more black than orange.

f8 1/640. @600mm, ISO 1250, 24 Oct 2021


f8 1/640. @600mm, ISO 1000, 24 Oct 2021


f8 1/640. @600mm, ISO 2500, 24 Oct 2021


f6.3 1/2500. @600mm, ISO 6400, 26 Oct 2021


f6.3 1/2000. @600mm, ISO 3200, 26 Oct 2021







Greater Green Leafbird

The largest leafbird. Male entirely green with black face and bib, and a bluish malar band only visible in good light. Separated from similar Lesser Green Leafbird by larger size, stouter bill and absence of yellow rimto bib. Female is mostly green, but shows diagnostic yellow eye-ring, yellow chin and throat.

Male, f10 1/800. @600mm, TC 1.4x, ISO 2000, Full Frame, Dairy Farm Nature Park, 16 Jun 2022







Black Paradise Flycatcher

This species* occurs primarily as a passage migrant during the northern winter. In non-breeding plumage, both sexes have a glossy black head with chestnut-brown wings and back. Underparts are usually greyish on the upper breast with a whitish belly. A rare white morph also occurs with a glossy black head and uniformly white plumage. In breeding plumage, males have very long tail streamers.


* Recent geneitc studies have resulted in splitting this species into three:  Amur Paradise Flycatcher, Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, and Indian Paradise Flycatcher.

f5.6 1/500. ISO 1600, GM600. TC 1.4x, Eagle Point, 28 Oct 2022











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