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Where am I?

Buffy fish owl

 

Don’t worry.  I know where I am, but do you?

I’m 12 hours east of London in the only city in the world which is a country, which is an island.  It is hot and sticky because it lies 1 degree north of the equator.  It is sometimes known as the Lion City or the Little Red Dot.  This city is covered with tropical flora, parks and gardens, one of which is a beautiful botanical garden where you will see plenty of Myna(h) birds, water monitors, turtles and, if you’re lucky, racket-tailed drongos, tailor birds and blue-tailed bee-eaters.

It suffered at the hand of the Japanese in the 1940’s but has been free since the end of the war.  You can stay at Raffles but commit a very serious crime here and you may pay with your life, for it is also known as Disneyland with the Death Penalty.

I’ve not seen an abundance of wildlife here yet but not bad for a city where I have been for a little over 12 hours.  We’re only here for a couple of days on our way to PNG but who knows what tomorrow will bring.  Keep reading…

So, it’s tomorrow and another visit to the botanical gardens brought what I was told was a migrant Hudson cuckoo, but is probably a Hodgson’s hawk-cuckoo, and no less than three buffy fish owls sitting at the edge of the rainforest – a great find thanks to a local birder.

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