“Was birding in Bukit Brown this morning and came across this poacher’s bird trap. The idea of the trap is similar to others in this region. Made of chicken wire, stitched together with wire, with a main central compartment for a live bird who would sing its song to attract other birds to its station. As one can see in this picture the lure bird is kept well fed with a quarter of an orange, some bird feed, and three cups of water (above left).
“However over the main compartment is two traps, built like a mouse trap with the wooden perch, a stick on which the in coming bird would perch on thus activating the trap door, closing onto the unsuspecting bird.
“Besides, the trap was hung pretty high, like 30 feet up, if one is not birding than one is sure to miss it.
“The lure bird in question is an Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) (above right).”
15th Sept 2011