On 7 February 2022, I had a chance to photograph the Blue-eared Kingfisher again at the Dairy Farm Nature Park in Singapore after almost ten years. I remember the excitement when I first saw the beautiful bird in 2011 in Lower Peirce Reservoir in Singapore.
The Blue-eared Kingfisher is more of a forest bird than the Common Kingfisher and is more likely to occur along inland rivers and streams in primary forest ( according to Phillipps’ Field Guide to the birds of Borneo). A female Blue-eared Kingfisher has all orange bills while a male Blue-eared Kingfisher has only a lower orange bill. The first two images below are female Blue-eared Kingfisher photographed at Dairy Farm Nature Park.
A female Blue-eared Kingfisher photographed at Dairy Farm Nature Park,Singapore.
Blue-eared Kingfisher in 2013 in Singapore at the SIngapore Zoo
Looking back, this was how it used to be in early 2011 to 2013 when the Blue-eared Kingfisher was sighted at the Singapore Zoo. Then, there was no “Social distancing”. ” Birds of a feather flock together”. In the case of Singapore, where social media was so prevalent with the excellent island wide coverage on 3G or 4 G networks (now even 5 G), news and images really travel fast. I believe Singapore is the city with the ” highest density for long lenses from 400mm to 800mm ” in the world
Female Blue-eared Kingfisher at Lower Peirce reservoir Singapore in 2011.
In 2011, I took the first female Blue-eared Kingfisher at Lower Peirce Reservoir. It came so near to the open perch that my heart almost stopped. It was 4-5:30 pm on a sunny afternoon with sunlight penetrating through the foliage shining on the branch, where the bird perched. Camera on tripod and cable release on ISO 1250.
You can read more about what happened in 2013.