The 34th Singapore Bird Race, held on 11 November 2018, saw the participation of 31 teams across three categories, including the first ever ‘School’ category. Some of the participants also took part in the inaugural Best Picture Contest.
|Category||Number of Teams|
School Category – Top 3 Teams
For this category, the enthusiastic students lead by volunteer guides, scoured the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, recording good numbers of species, most of which were ‘lifers’ (first time seeing a species of bird) for the students.
There were four primary school teams, two each from Shuqun Primary and Yumin Primary. The Eagles (Shuqun Primary) led the pack with 32 species. Team Champs A (Yumin Primary) was a very close second with 31 species, just 1 species behind. And the Vultures (Shuqun Primary) took the third place with 24 species.
For secondary schools, there were four teams from Unity Secondary and one team from Chung Cheng High (Main). Again, it was a close fight between the top two places. Unity 1 came in tops with 36 species, closely followed by Team Cool & Mysterious (Unity Secondary) with 35 species. Team CCHM came in third with 32 species. As it turned out, there were winning teams from all the schools, congrats.
Photography Category – Top 3 Teams
Ten teams took part in this category. Team In the Tree (Goh Cheng Teng & Lester Tan) topped the Photography category with 55 species caught on camera, successfully defending their title from last year. Team Alpha Dynamo (Kwok Tuck Loong & Tay Sia Ping) came in 2nd with 45 species. Right behind them was Wings of Johor (Belinda Wong & Chiang Lai Peng) with 44 species, another close fight! Great work.
Birder Category – Top 3 Teams
To minimise time spent travelling, most of the birder teams limited themselves to the Kranji-Sungei Buloh areas. The Terns (Lim Kim Keang, Alfred Chia & Tan Ju Lin) turned in an amazing 78 species to clinch the top prize, successfully defending their title. Hot on their heels were the Drongoes (Danny Lau, Lau Jiasheng & Ang Bao Jun) who managed 77 species, just 1 species behind – another close fight. The Falconets (Benjamin Lee, Max Khoo & Bryan Lee) finished 3rd with 73 species. Well done.
Best Picture with SONY RX10IV – Winner
Out of the ten best photos shortlisted from all the entries, Kwok Tuck Loong’s photo of a Blue-winged Pitta emerged as the winner of the Best Picture Contest.
Interesting species recorded during the race included a juvenile Pied Harrier, a rare migrant, in flight, near the Visitor Centre; a Stejneger’s Stonechat, another rare migrant, at Harvest Link; Blue-eared Kingfisher at Kranji Marshes; a Drongo Cuckoo that showed well near the Visitor Centre; Red-throated Pipit at Harvest Link; Black-capped Kingfisher at Kranji Marshes; Wood Sandpiper at Lim Chu Kang Lane 3; Black Drongo at Turut Track and the globally threatened Straw-headed Bulbul at Kranji Nature Trail.
Thanks to the panel of arbitrators for generating the results so quickly.
Tan Gim Cheong
Lead Arbitrator, 34th Singapore Bird Race
Bird Race Results
|Position||School Category (Primary)||Score|
|1st||Eagles – Shuqun Primary||32|
|2nd||Champs A – Yumin Primary||31|
|3rd||Vultures – Shuqun Primary||24|
|4th||Champs One – Yumin Primary||21
|Position||School Category (Secondary)||Score|
|1st||Unity 1 – Unity Secondary||36|
|2nd||Team Cool & Mysterious – Unity Secondary||35|
|3rd||Team CCHM – Chung Cheng High (Main)||32|
|4th||Unity 2 – Unity Secondary||31|
|5th||Unity 3 – Unity Secondary||26|
|1st||In the Tree||55|
|3rd||Wings of Johor||44|
|6th||Jiak Hong Shooters||36|
|4th||King Albird Park||68|
|7th||Friends of Buloh||61|