Rey – I have been a bird-watcher for many years & have help Nature Society in leading Bird Census Exercise & Birding Field Trips. I have done many Projects with Nparks on Avians & other fauna. Besides been appointed an official Birding Guide for Sungei Buloh for abt 2 years, I have led thousands of Singaporean on birding trips registering thru Straits Times News & also thru my nature org for over 9 yrs & upon seeing your photo posted, it did not hold me a second to confirm ID as Paddyfield. For Richard’s Pipit, its also out of question as Richard’s Pipit do not show a loral stripe and it has a longer tail in which your photo did not.
Anyway, to make things convincing, I have a good friend of mine who is Singapore’s well known birder & author of the Field Guide to the Birds of Singapore, Lim Kim Seng giving his take on the ID which is the same as mine. I have provided your photo to him for ID. See below his email extracted for your viewing.
From: Kim Seng Lim [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 29 August 2009 13:46
Are u available for Admiralty Park on 6 Sep? Census time again. Let me know.
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2009 1:04:24 PM
Can you assist in ID of this Pipit. I felt it is the Paddyfield but the photographer think its not. Therefore I need your double confirmation. Photo taken at CCK.