Standing at 1m tall with a wingspan of 2m, the Grey Heron is the largest bird in Singapore. Characterised by its long neck and powerful bills for a long and strong reach, this heron usually waits on the mud or at the water's edge to snatch passing aquatic prey. It's a common resident throughout the island, and North offshore islands such as Pulau Tekong and Pulau Ubin, and of course, you may spot it on our courses!
The Purple Heron is the most colourful large heron, with a distinctive snake-like neck that is usually held in a prominent kink. It has a magnificently-coloured plumage - purplish-brown, with a long black crest, white or cream with black line down the sides of its body, a yellow bill and orange-yellow legs and toes. Its colourful plumage actually provides an excellent camouflage among the reeds.
The Blue-tailed Bee-eater breeds in Southeastern Asia and is characterised by its richly coloured plumage. This strongly migratory bird has a narrow blue patch on its face with a black eye stripe, a yellow and brown throat followed by a predominantly green body and of course, a blue tail. It is a very common winter visitor throughout the island and can often be seen near large water bodies such as those at NSRCC golf courses.
With its extremely long legs and kinked neck, the milky-white feathered Egret cuts a distinguished figure when it makes an appearance on our courses. Mainly a fish fan when it comes to its diet, the Egret is not averse to a bit of amphibians (frogs), aquatic invertebrates (insects, crayfish), and reptiles (snakes) once in a while. It's a skilled hunter and prefers to steal food where possible.
If you hear a loud bird cawing while on the greens, it might just be the Kingfisher. This species likes to make its presence known by its loud calls. You can spot it by its distinctive colouring - Its throat and breast are covered in white plumage while its head and the rest of its underparts are chocolate brown, contrasting sharply with its turquoise back and tail. It’s a common resident throughout the island.