Excitement around the TV aerial

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Television aerials are always mounted on the roof of houses or at the top of high-rise blocks for best reception. As such, they are found at the highest point of any location, whether a cluster of low-lying houses or a … Continued

Do birds recognise people?

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Calvin Lo of Yishun posted a most interesting account in Club Snap that I have got his permission to have it posted in the blog. “About a week ago, I managed to save a juvenile Long-Tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) from … Continued

Forensic birding 3: Pellets

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A few weeks ago I picked up a small, 14 x 14 mm piece of dry, compressed pellet on my driveway. On examining it under the hand lens, I found that it was composed of short pieces of fibres, a … Continued

Of termites and toads

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Reading Subaraj’s posting on Termite Hatch reminds me that only about a week ago I was trying to explain the same phenomenon to my three year old daughter when we were at the carpark opposite Downtown East at sunset. A … Continued

Forensic Birding 1. Introduction

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We were introduced to forensic birding by Lin Yangchen when he wrote on 30th December 2005: “Birds are usually identified by sight or sound. It may also be possible to identify them from the tracks, feathers and droppings they leave … Continued

Cats in Australia

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Cats are an absolute no-no in Australia, where essentially they are non-native and imported by thoughtless white settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries, who even more thoughtlessly let them go ‘feral’ in the wild (believe me, these seeming pussy-cats … Continued

Tales of a birding pilot…

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During my career as an airline pilot, I have only killed two birds, those that I know of, that is. The first was during my initial training in Seletar in a cessna. Not more than 7 hours of flying to … Continued

Common Flamebacks’ Dance

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Several years ago now I was walking down the road from the top of Bukit Timah Hill in late morning. There was nobody about and as I approached the turning off to the Telecoms building I heard a commotion to … Continued

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