Nature lovers atwitter about first sightings of 2 birds in Singapore

More research needed to determine if cinereous tit and fairy pitta are here to stay

A cinereous tit, a type of songbird, spotted by ornithologist Yong Ding Li in Tuas earlier this week. It was the first recorded sighting of a tit in Singapore. PHOTO: YONG DING LI A fairy pitta, the first sighted in Singapore, spotted by nature photo
A cinereous tit, a type of songbird, spotted by ornithologist Yong Ding Li in Tuas earlier this week. It was the first recorded sighting of a tit in Singapore. PHOTO: YONG DING LI
A cinereous tit, a type of songbird, spotted by ornithologist Yong Ding Li in Tuas earlier this week. It was the first recorded sighting of a tit in Singapore. PHOTO: YONG DING LI A fairy pitta, the first sighted in Singapore, spotted by nature photo
A fairy pitta, the first sighted in Singapore, spotted by nature photographer Francis Yap at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve yesterday. PHOTO: FRANCIS YAP

As dusk fell over Singapore yesterday, a small corner of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve was abuzz with activity.

It was not just because of nocturnal wildlife awakening from slumber - nature photographers were also scrambling to photograph a rare bird spotted in the area, before the reserve closed at 7pm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2019, with the headline 'Nature lovers atwitter about first sightings of 2 birds here'. Print Edition | Subscribe