Grabbing shots of wild Oriental Pied Hornbills aren't hard you don't have a zoom lens, a steady hand and know where to look. If you happened to be in the area grabbing yourself the famous Nasi Lemak or Ayam Penyet at Changi Village, try scouting along Netheravon Road, Sealand Road, Halton Road and Cranwell Road between 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm. When you heard a unique distictive bird call, move fast towards the sound of a wild hornbill. Once spotted, steady yourself as you don't not want to go around chasing them from trees to tree.
Recently, after getting second shots of a certain rundown house... a pack of huge birds flew above us. The shadows shaped like vultures but was later confirmed that they are wild Oriental Pied Hornbills. This was the first time that we saw 4 hornbills at a glance, and believe it or not, it's near Orchard Road.
In circa 1800s, Oriental Pied Hornbills was marked extinct in Singapore until a pair was recorded 1994 at Pulau Ubin. By now, you can see them just about anywhere in Singapore. According to NPark in 2011, there are about 100 in Singapore. 60 of them can be spotted at Pulau Ubin and nearby Changi Village. By now, there's probably more.