• Water(hen) in the (bird) brain

    Water(hen) in the (bird) brain

    “Our good web-master once posted an article of mine on this website about attracting kingfishers to urban gardens LINK. “As a follow-up to that, I decided to do this...

  • The Birds of Singapore – an online book

    The Birds of Singapore – an online book

    In May 1943, GC Madoc published “An Introduction to Malayan Birds.” He wrote his manuscript in Singapore’s Changi Prison where he was interned when the country fell into the...

  • Videocam: A powerful tool for studying birds

    Videocam: A powerful tool for studying birds

    1. Collecting birds: In the 19th century the equipment needed to study birds was the gun. Another skill necessary was a good stuffing technique in order to preserve the specimens....

  • Documenting bird calls and songs

    Documenting bird calls and songs

    Many local birdwatchers are able to recognise the birds behind the songs. However, interest in most cases ends there except for a few who make basic recordings. Erik Mobrand...

  • Should attempts be made to tame wild birds?

    Should attempts be made to tame wild birds?

    The first part of the series by aviculturist Lee Chiu San deals with whether birds can be tamed and whether they will remain tamed. The second part looks at whether it is...

  • Postings your observations and images

    Postings your observations and images

    Why should you post your observations and images? Southeast Asian birds are poorly studied in terms of behaviour and ecology. By posting your observations (and this include...

  • Nature Society: The struggle for Singapore’s nature areas

    Nature Society: The struggle for Singapore’s nature areas

    The above paper has just been published. Nature in Singapore is a peer-reviewed, online journal that publishes articles on the flora and fauna (e.g., biology, botany, zoology,...

© Descriptive Plumage Study Of Malayan Night-Heron in Taiwan

© Descriptive Plumage Study Of Malayan Night-Heron in Taiwan “It will do no justice to Malayan Night-heron (Gorsachius melanolophus) if I don’t put a magnifying glass over its feathering gear and write about this melanolophus species. “They were encountered on numerous occasions in their living and foraging habitats. Shown here are three different birds photographed in three different locations (above). “Their nearest two other cousins are Gorsachius magnificus (White- Eared) and Gorsachius goisagi... Read More


LITTLE EGRET FISHING TACTICS “In March 2015, I was enthralled by the diversity of fishing strategies employed by a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) while it foraged along a canal during the low tide (below). Tactic #1: Statue Pose “When the egret has found a suitable spot or target zone, it will stay as still as a statue with unwavering concentration (below). If any aquatic prey were to make the slightest movement, it would strike with lightning speed. “A video clip demonstrating its patience... Read More

© A July Date With Great Egret in Sepilok – N. Borneo

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© A July Date With Great Egret in Sepilok - N. Borneo “A solitary Great Egret (Ardea alba) strolling in lodging property in Sepilok appeared to have found home away from home in July 2015. It was observed to be strolling at ease, foraging and digging up what looked like an earthen clump of soil embedded with wriggly vermin partially exposed (below). “This was confirmed when bird shook off loose soil and a photographic shot showed the last remnant of vermin in bird’s bill (below). “It was unusual to encounter a... Read More

Von Schrenck’s Bittern’s Breakfast: Dog-faced Water Snake

Von Schrenck's Bittern's Breakfast: Dog-faced Water Snake “The Von Schrenck’s Bittern, also known as Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus), is a small bittern that is difficult to spot due to its skulking nature (above, below) “Back in April/May 2013, a female Schrenck’s Bittern was spotted in the mangrove swamp at Pasir Ris Park. It created much excitement and attracted many birders and photographers. Many of us will remember how challenging it was to spot this usually motionless bittern that was well... Read More


GASP! THE GREY HERON! “One of the easiest places to watch birds in Singapore is the Promenade Deck of the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun. This deck is located right next to the well-equipped Cafeteria, and beside the Medicinal Garden inspired by the good webmaster of our site, Dr Wee Yeow Chin. All these areas are open to the public. “The management of KTPH have made a deliberate attempt to attract wildlife to their premises. Fruiting trees have been planted, native fish have been stocked... Read More

Pond Heron plunge-fishing

Pond Heron plunge-fishing “The usual way pond-herons forage is by wading or staying still in shallow water and striking at preys that innocently wandered near. Most of us, including me, have not seen pond-herons plunge-diving for fish but I had that rare encounter recently. “Early on the morning of 30th Nov 2014, the tide was receding when a handful of pond-herons in non-breeding plumage had gathered on the banks of this small river. There were at least 5 pond-herons. “Instead of foraging... Read More

Little Egrets fishing

Little Egrets fishing “I become quite used to seeing this mechanism of getting fish that is applied by many of the egrets and herons. A flock of 25-30 Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta garzetta) were hovering or skimming over the surface of a fish farm pond, with legs training in the water (above). “The majority was in breeding plumage with nice plumes (above). “Many were successful in diving in to obtain prey (above, below). “Other herons were also involved. One day the farmers might... Read More

Black Bittern’s neck fully stretched

Black Bittern's neck fully stretched “Further to the video of the Von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus) LINK displaying the extension of the ‘telescopic’ neck, I had the opportunity to witness the full extension of the neck of the Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis) at Pulau Ubin (below). “In my previous encounter with the Black Bittern, it showed other interesting behaviour, but kept the neck extension at bay while searching for quarry LINK. Lena Chow Singapore 3rd May... Read More

Von Schrenck’s Bittern

Von Schrenck's Bittern “The Von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus) is a rare migrant which is generally hard to spot as it is a shy and small bittern which typically lurks behind vegetation near a stream. “It was loud screeching that betrayed the presence of this female Von Schrenck’s Bittern, as she was chasing off a female Cinnamon Bittern (I. cinnamomeus) in her patch of the mangroves, where I had observed her before behind dense vegetation. I could not get a clear... Read More


GREY HERONS FISHING – AMATEUR VS PROFESSIONAL “On 26th March 2014, I was admiring the diversity and behaviour of shorebirds along a mudflat in Singapore. These avifauna included Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus), Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta) and Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea), all anticipating the retreat of the tide (above). “A few juvenile Grey Herons were wading aimlessly and sheepishly along the shallow waters and one was repeatedly striking at a propagule of a mangrove tree (Rhizophora sp.) (above). It... Read More