• 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,...

Book Review: BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA – A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE

in Reports  on Jan 11, 15 No Comments »
Book Review: BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA – A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE Birds of Australia – A Photographic Guide by Iain Campbell, Sam Woods and Nick Leseberg with photographs by Geoff Jones. Princeton University Press, 2015. “This is a delightfully helpful and compact handbook on Australian birds. The book is easy to hold and will fit in the luggage of an intrepid, amateur birder making the occasional short trips to Australia. “While the amateur birder may be familiar with the general silhouettes of birds from different... Read More

BESG 2014: The year in review

in Reports  on Dec 31, 14 3 Comments »
BESG 2014: The year in review BESG had a satisfying year with the continued support from nature enthusiasts (that included birders) such that were able to make a posting a day, sometimes even twice a day. This was in spite of being in business for a decade LINK. One would expect that after 10 years of posting more than 3,200 items of bird behaviour, there would be not much else new to post – or even discover. Yet discover we did, and new ones at that – thanks to avid birders and... Read More

Book Review: Birds of New Guinea

in Reports  on Nov 27, 14 1 Comment »
Book Review: Birds of New Guinea Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt & Bruce M. Beehler Princeton University Press, 2014. Second Edition. “What a pleasure it is to review this amazing book covering an amazing place. The first edition came out in 1986, and it was always essential for birdwatchers in this remote region. Brian Coates, Clifford Frith and other experts have published on New Guinea avifauna, but this was the only modern field guide, and a good one at that. It was a shame when it went... Read More

Nature photography in Singapore – attitude and perspectives

Nature photography in Singapore – attitude and perspectives This is a call on nature enthusiasts who regularly take photographs of birds to please join in the survey on attitude and perspectives of nature photography in Singapore. You can upload the survey form from HERE and complete it accordingly. No names are required and entries will remain confidential. David Tan, from the National University of Singapore’s Avian Genetics Lab is currently undertaking this survey of local photographers to determine their attitude towards... Read More

Book Review: Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin

in Reports  on Sep 16, 14 2 Comments »
Book Review: Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny & Bob Montgomerie (2014). Princeton University Press, Princeton & Oxford, i-xvii, 524 pp. ISBN 978-0-691-15197-7. The title of the book reflects the total number of birds we have in this world. Because of their numbers and visibility (we can always see, if not hear their calls), many of us become emotionally attached to birds. What else can be the reasons why birds had been observed and... Read More

BESG gets S$200,000 from a local donor…

in Reports  on Jun 24, 14 19 Comments »
BESG gets S$200,000 from a local donor… Anyone who caught the above news in yesterday’s Straits Times would be aware that an anonymous donor has generously donated S$200,000 to the Bird Ecology Study Group. The donor, once an avid birdwatcher, strongly believes that simply looking at birds cannot sustain a person’s interest for the long term. There is a need to inject a little science into this outdoor recreation. And this is where studying bird behaviour comes into the picture. It then makes birdwatching... Read More

The Bird Ecology Study Group is ten years old today

in Reports  on Jun 01, 14 10 Comments »
The Bird Ecology Study Group is ten years old today BESG has been in operation for ten years now. We have posted more than 3,200 items on bird behaviour as well as other aspects of nature. Total visitors since the start of the website is fast approaching 5 millions and the site has consistently been one of ten top bird blogs in the world. We list below the important milestones for each of the ten years: 1. 2005 July – The Bird Ecology Study Group’s website started posting regular updates on the breeding behaviour of... Read More

2013: The Year in Review…

The Bird Ecology Study Group has been posting various aspects of bird behaviour for the last 8.5 years. This has made birdwatchers and photographers aware that there are more to birds than their colourful plumages LINK. Since we started, we have made more than three thousands postings on bird behaviour – for the year under review we have managed to maintain our record of a posting a day. This is testimony to the general awareness of bird behaviour among birdwatchers... Read More

Book Review: The Warbler Guide

in Reports  on Aug 23, 13 2 Comments »
Book Review: The Warbler Guide The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle. Drawings by Catherine Hamilton. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 560 pp. ISBN: 9780691154824. “It is perhaps important to start this review with an introductory note. I am a bird watcher from Malaysia, hence I know Malaysian birds well. Due to the large migration to my region, I also know Asian birds well. I have been to the USA twice and Canada once but did not get the opportunity to do much... Read More

Book Review: Wildlife of Australia

Book Review: Wildlife of Australia Wildlife of Australia by Iain Campbell & Sam Woods. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 286 pp. ISBN 978-0-691—15353-7. This is a delightful pocket guide that tourists will find useful when visiting Australia LINK and LINK. It covers all the animals that one will most likely encounter in popular tourist areas. Each species has a short description accompanied by a photograph to facilitate identification. An introductory chapter provides basic... Read More