Archive for May, 2008

Courtship of the Blue-eared Barbet

Courtship of the Blue-eared Barbet

Adrian Lim a.k.a wmw998 documented a pair of courting Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis) in Malaysia sometime in May 2008 The female was perching on a branch of a tree doing nothing in particular. Suddenly there was a loud call, made by a male nearby. He had food in his bill but this did not prevent [...]

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Sightings of Himalayan Griffon in Singapore

in Raptors  on May 30, 08 No Comments »
Sightings of Himalayan Griffon in Singapore

“The Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalayensis) is a proud and magnificent raptor that feeds on carrion. The image at left, reproduced from the late Dato Loke Wan Tho’s book, A Company of Birds, shows these raptors feasting on a cow’s carcass in their home territory in the Himalayas. Dato Loke was an early pioneer birder-photographer and [...]

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Thailand’s Adopt-a-Raptor Programme

in Raptors, Rescue  on May 29, 08 No Comments »
Thailand’s Adopt-a-Raptor Programme

Since January 2007, Thailand’s Kasetsart University Raptor Rehabilitation Centre, in partnership with the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand and the Thai Raptor Group, has launched an “Adopt a Raptor” programme. The scheme was started when a Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) was found exhausted in south-east Thailand in early January 2007 and handed over to Dr [...]

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Sudden increase in Singapore’s hornbill population

in Hornbills, Nesting  on May 29, 08 19 Comments »
Sudden increase in Singapore's hornbill population

In a talk to update the public on the Singapore Hornbill Project on 22nd May 2008, Marc Cremades, who initiated the project together with Prof Ng Soon Chye, announced that the population of the Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) in Singapore has seen a sudden explosion. These large and impressive birds have been slowly increasing [...]

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Common Iora collecting spider silk for nest material

in Nests  on May 28, 08 No Comments »
Common Iora collecting spider silk for nest material

Willis photographed this Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) collecting spider silk for its nest (left). It can be a messy job as seen in the image but spider silk plays an important role in the makeup of small nests of many small birds. The silk helps bind up the nesting materials, making the nest a more [...]

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Noisy Miners harassing a Spotted Dove

in Interspecific  on May 28, 08 6 Comments »
Noisy Miners harassing a Spotted Dove

In April 2008, a group of Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala) was attacking a helpless Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) in Centennial Park, Sydney while Dr CH Lee a.k.a. lchxian was trying to photograph a frogmouth. “The Noisy Miners were harassing the dove, flying over it and using their claws to grab the dove. I was not [...]

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Yellow-bellied Prinia

in Species  on May 27, 08 4 Comments »
Yellow-bellied Prinia

“The Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris), which is grouped among the African warbler family, is considered to be common, and resident breeding in Singapore. They can be found among lallang grass (Imperata cylindrical), and other bushy plants in open, often degraded land that had been previously bulldozed over and prepared for construction of Housing and Development [...]

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Peach-faced Lovebird found on Vesak Day eve

Peach-faced Lovebird found on Vesak Day eve

Vesak Day in Singapore fell on 19th May 2008. On the eve of that day, Tang Hung Bun came across a pair of strange birds at Venus Link (below). Puzzled at the identity of these birds, he posted the images in the BESG’s forum. Jeremy Lee was the first to respond, identifying one of them [...]

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Bee-eaters of the Thai-Malay Peninsula

in Bee-eaters  on May 26, 08 No Comments »
Bee-eaters of the Thai-Malay Peninsula

Bee-eaters belong to the family Meropidae. There are 25 species, mostly African. A few are found in Asia, two in Eurasia and one in Australia. Thailand has six species of bee-eaters: Chestnut-headed (Merops leschenaulti) (above left), Blue-tailed (M. philippinus ) (above right), Green (M. orientalis) (below left), Blue-throated (M. viridis) (below right), Red-bearded (Nyctyornis amictus) [...]

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Owl @ Pasir Ris Park

in Owls  on May 25, 08 3 Comments »
Owl @ Pasir Ris Park

. On 18th May 2008, Gerard Goh chanced upon an owl chick at Pasir Ris park while cycling along the bicycle track and posted a short account on his blog (above left). “To prevent it from being unknowingly crushed by cyclists or accidentally trampled by joggers, a fellow cyclist and I prodded it onto a [...]

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