Two sightings of birds never before seen in Singapore excite bird watchers

The sighting of the fairy pitta (left), a colourful songbird, is the first record of this species in Singapore. The blue-winged pitta (right) has previously been seen here.
The sighting of the fairy pitta (left), a colourful songbird, is the first record of this species in Singapore. The blue-winged pitta (right) has previously been seen here.PHOTOS: FRANCIS YAP

SINGAPORE - As dusk fell over Singapore late Friday afternoon (Nov 8), a small corner of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve was abuzz with activity.

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

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