Held the Construction Tender briefing at Kranji Marshes yesterday.
As I was giving the briefing I was interrupted at one point by 2 very noisy Parakeets flying overhead.
Looking forward to getting the Contractor on board and starting the construction work on the Nature Reserve.
Some of the birds of interest we spotted on our visit:
3 Purple Swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio)
1 Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
1 Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinesis)
A flock of Red-wattled Lapwings (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
Several Long-tailed Parakeets (Psittacula longicauda) - our native Parakeet
1 Kingfisher - just a glimpse, probably a White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
We managed to get some (slightly blurry) long distance photos of the Purple Swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio) that are one of the bird species the project will conserve and protect in this freshwater marsh habitat.
The walk from the future entrance area down the existing single track lane to the Marsh. The lane has the canal / drain on one side and a secondary woodland area on the other.
The water in the reservoir and the Marsh is very low at present after almost a month without rain.
The main area to be improved to retain it as Marshland.
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) foraging in the shallow water
The pond area that will be retained and is popular with the Bitterns and the Herons (we designed this back in 2006).
The Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinesis) in the Pond area (bit blurry)