Oriental Pied Hornbill in the Lion City

I feel so wonderful to see the hornbill living wildly in the Lion City – Singapore!

According to the information on National Parks Singapore website , there are 10,000 bird species around the world and only 54 are hornbills. Out of these there are only 8 species can be found in Southeast Asia.

The Oriental Pied Hornbill is the species native to Singapore and almost extinct in local in 19th century. Fortunately, there are group of specialist from Wildlife Reserve Singapore and independent researches suspect the decline of the population and the factor of limiting their breeding could be due to lack of big tree with cavities to nest in, they came out with the idea of nest boxes to facilitate the breeding and it came out with successful and encouraging result!

Now the population has grown to a very encouraging numbers , around 60-100 in a small city garden like Singapore , it’s definitely a very significant result and proof that with the right ways, we can help to preserve the wildlife again.

These are the photos taken in Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, I am sure you can also see them in other part of Singapore. I spotted 3 of them in the Mangrove area and notice that the female has a very long and beautiful eyelashes!

It’s very cloudy and heavy rains, thanks to the weather sealed Olympus gears, I am still managed to capture stunning & sharp images. The 100-400mm zoom is so powerful you can see the dragonfly resting on the tree branches (image above) even thought it’s more than 50m away!

The wingspan of the Oriental pied hornbill is simply beautiful 🙂

My Gears:

  • Olympus E-M1 Mark III
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3
  • Olympus EE-1 Dot Sight

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    • Hi Rebecca, I have edited the post to include 2 more BIF photos, pardon me as it’s not very well capture. But allow you to see it more clearly their beautiful wingspan 🙂 Hope you like it.

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