• 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,...

Juvenile Rufous-bellied Eagle mobbed

in Interspecific, Raptors  on Oct 05, 14 No Comments »
Juvenile Rufous-bellied Eagle mobbed “I have occasional seen mynas group together and the flock chases off a raptor. Seen this happen with a White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), a Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in my neighbourhood and other raptors. Today saw 20-25 Jungle Mynas (Acridotheres fuscus) (below) mobbed a juvenile Rufous-bellied Eagle (Hieraaetus kienerii) for quite some distance (above and bottom). “I am uncertain if this is the local Hieraaetus kienerii formosus or a... Read More

Encounter with Rusty-breasted Cuckoo and Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo

in Raptors, Species  on Aug 15, 14 No Comments »
Encounter with Rusty-breasted Cuckoo and Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo On 2nd February 2014, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS was out birding with bird watching colleague and friend Connie Khoo around the limestone hills at the fringe of Ipoh in Perak, Malaysia. Connie alerted Amar to the presence of a Rusty-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis sepulcralis sepulcralis) that was sitting silently in a tangled part of a tree. Once spotted, the cuckoo was not at all afraid of the birdwatchers and allowed a decent approach (above). “The important... Read More

BAT HAWK PREENING AND STRETCHING

BAT HAWK PREENING AND STRETCHING “The Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus) is known to roost in ‘lofty forest trees’ from the lowlands to the foothills (Lekagul & Round, 1991: 96). In late April 2014, I had the pleasure to view a family of Bat Hawks (two parents and one fledgling) perched upon a grand, emergent tree in a forested area in Sarawak, Borneo (above). “At the fork of a main branch, the disused nest was still visible and largely intact (above). “One morning, I had my eyes on one of... Read More

Black Vulture feeding on Rainbow Trout in Costa Rica

Black Vulture feeding on Rainbow Trout in Costa Rica “This Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) feeding on an dead Rainbow Trout was found at the lower level of the Valley of San Derado de Dota at the Savegre Lodge area in Costa Rica. This place has a number of fresh water ponds fed by fresh running water, that was breeding or farming Rainbow Trouts for the market or the lodges in the area. “The pond usually has one or two dead fish floating on the surface and when they drift close to the banks the vultures would... Read More

Black Baza casting pellet?

in Pellets, Raptors  on Feb 06, 14 No Comments »
Black Baza casting pellet? “One early morning in January 2014, more than a dozen Black Bazas (Aviceda leuphotes) were discovered resting just inside a patch of wooded forest. Some flew off after detecting that they were being watched. The few that remained were unperturbed and calmly perched, basking in the early morning sunlight. “At a distance of more than 20 metres away, my attention was focused on the nearest bird (above left). As I started shooting, this individual was noticed stretching... Read More

Black-shouldered Kite caught a Garden Supple Skink

Black-shouldered Kite caught a Garden Supple Skink Johnny Wee’s images of a Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) were photographed at Singapore’s Lorong Halus Wetland on 20th November 2013. Subaraj Rajathurai examined the images of the kite with its prey and concluded that the latter is probably a Garden Supple Skink (Lygosoma bowringii). This kite usually hunts from a perch. It keeps a close watch on any prey appearing below. Once the prey is sighted, the raptor lunges down, snatch the prey with its powerful... Read More

Mating Black-winged Kites

Mating Black-winged Kites “Formerly known as the Black-shouldered Kite, the Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus vociferus) is now considered to be a distinct species. I have not seen the Black-winged Kite for quite some time before this encounter. Happy to share images of this pair mating. It happened very unexpectedly. I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. “Passing by this area, I always scrutinise this barren tree, which have yielded some avian friends on many... Read More

Arrival of the Jerdon’s Bazas – November 2013

“The Jerdon’s Baza (Aviceda jerdoni) is rarely seen in Singapore and considered to be a rare passage migrant. I must be very fortunate to encounter a few Jerdon’s Bazas at Pasir Ris Park recently (above). “During the first encounter on 23rd November 2013, five little specks were first noticed high overhead. Yes, five Jerdon’s Bazas were in the sky! Only managed to capture four of them together in one photo. A short while later, at least three... Read More

Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle in flight

in Interspecific, Raptors  on Nov 06, 13 No Comments »
Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle in flight “I have taken to bringing my equipment in my backpack when we go out cycling. These were taken at 7.30am when light was still low. My wife and I had stopped to watch some egrets feeding in a large fish breeding pond when we spotted this eagle coming in (above, below). “There are two locations in the city, both limestone hills with ex-mining pools used for fish farming, where White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) breed. This bird had come in for the fish the... Read More

White-bellied Sea-eagle: Grey Heron interaction

White-bellied Sea-eagle: Grey Heron interaction “This scene was played out yesterday afternoon at about 1530 hrs (above). This juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) perched itself on the crown of the mangrove tree, scanning the area for potential prey. It is about 40m from the bridge across Sungei Tempines where the current Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) heronry is, spanning both banks of the river. “Ten minutes later, the sea-eagle decided to take it’s chance on the nestling just a... Read More