Singapore is a great location for observing Kingfishers and there are several species  to observe. The largest Kingfisher is the Stork-billed Kingfisher and the smallest Kingfisher is the Black-backed Kingfisher. White-throated Kingfishers are a substantial size of around 28cm and are quite widespread throughout the island.

Our first encounter with a White-throated Kingfisher in Singapore in March was at Gardens by the Bay, but it was a brief observation in poor light. We were hopeful of more observations of White-throated Kingfishers during our three week visit and we were not disappointed.

We encountered the White-throated Kingfisher at the Changi Business Park and along the Green Corridor-the header photo. We also observed the White-throated Kingfisher at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. I was able to take some photographs of the White-throated Kingfisher as it perched on a metal structure whilst it looked for food. The bird kindly rotated and I was able to capture both sides of it!

White-throated Kingfisher

The next opportunity to capture some photographs of the White-throated Kingfisher was during a walk down Neo Tiew Harvest Lane. The bird was more cooperative than some other birds and once again I could capture the spectacular colours of this large Kingfisher.

White-throated Kingfisher

On our second visit to Tampines Eco Green we noticed a White-throated Kingfisher at the top of a tall dead tree and with a beautiful blue sky as a background I took a photo.

White-throated Kingfisher

As I took the photo there was a blur across the camera screen and I presumed I was losing the White-throated Kingfisher. However, we were gaining another White-throated Kingfisher!

A pair of White-throated Kingfishers!

Singapore is a great location for anybody who loves the Kingfisher family, because there is a good variety of species and they are found in many locations around the island.

Written by Clare M
Clare and her husband, Grant, have lived permanently in Broome, Western Australia since 1999 after living in various outback locations around Western Australia and Darwin. She has lived in the Middle East and the United States and traveled extensively in Europe. She monitors Pied Oystercatchers breeding along a 23km stretch of Broome's coastline by bicycle and on foot. She chooses not to participate in social media, but rather wander off into the bush for peace and tranquility. Thankfully she can write posts in advance and get away from technology!