• 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,...

Hornbills in Changi feeding nestlings – March 2014

Hornbills in Changi feeding nestlings - March 2014 “The Changi heritage tree Shorea gibbosa has another new family of Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) – see also these links LINK 1, LINK 2 and LINK 3. “It was exciting hearing the babies squealing away for their feeds. “We saw the father return with many unidentified objects as well as what looked like small white eggs and oil palm seeds. The oil palm seeds however were sometimes not readily accepted – were they too big for the babies I... Read More

LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR CALLING

LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR CALLING “On the evening of 9th March 2014, I was exploring a wooded area in Singapore to observe the awakening of Large-tailed Nightjars (Caprimulgus macrurus) amongst the treetops. The arrival of darkness is typically greeted with their signature ‘chionk’ notes uttered at regular intervals. One handsome and proud male was calling boldly from atop a branch, despite occasional gusts of strong winds threatening to tip its balance (above). “A video clip of the... Read More

Drumming of the Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker

Drumming of the Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker “About a week ago I was in my condo looking at Climbing Fig (Ficus pumila) (still in juvenile form) which was creeping up a Wild Cinnamon (Cinnamomum iners). Then I heard the familiar drumming sound of the Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos moluccensis) which went on for a long time. As I looked up to locate the source, I discovered the bird near a nest hole which appeared to have been freshly excavated. There were many scars on the trunk apparently made by the woodpecker... Read More

OBSERVATIONS OF ARISTOCYPHA FENESTRELLA DAMSELFLIES

in Fauna, Videography  on Apr 07, 14 No Comments »
OBSERVATIONS OF ARISTOCYPHA FENESTRELLA DAMSELFLIES “The damselfly Aristocypha fenestrella (family Chlorocyphidae) is widely distributed throughout mainland tropical Asia and lives along clear, swift forest streams from the lowlands up to 1700 metres in elevation (Orr, 2005). “On 22nd February 2014, we had the privilege of observing this species at close quarters within the streams of Ulu Langat forest (Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia). The male may be recognised by its dark wings, which are black and purple with a... Read More

Sunbird, Bee And the Drumstick Tree

Sunbird, Bee And the Drumstick Tree “There is a Drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera) in my condo. Other than a hanging-parrot which was suspected to be a Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) seen about two years ago, I have not noticed any other bird being attracted to this tree. “About a month ago, however, I observed that the tree was in full bloom, with wilted flowers scattered all over the ground below the tree. While spending time to examine the intricate structure of the immature seedpods, I... Read More

BLACK MAGPIES COLLECTING NESTING MATERIAL

in Nesting, Videography  on Apr 02, 14 3 Comments »
BLACK MAGPIES COLLECTING NESTING MATERIAL “On the late morning of 19th February 2014, a pair of Black Magpies (Platysmurus leucopterus) was spotted along a forest edge in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia. They had descended onto the forest floor and were expressing interest in the lush, green moss that was growing upon the rocks and boulders (above). “After the initial inspection of the moss and satisfied with its quality and quantity, they began to collect these bryophytes with their beak (above).... Read More

GREY HERONS – PANTING and PREENING

GREY HERONS - PANTING and PREENING “On a scorching Saturday afternoon of 15th March 2014, I was monitoring a small colony of Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) at a river mouth in Singapore (above). “As the sun was bearing down on them, I wondered how they were coping with the oppressive heat. Despite the occasional sea breeze, a number of herons were observed to be actively panting (gular fluttering) with their beaks parted (above). “A caring and panting parent heron even faced its back to the sun to... Read More

Von Schrenck’s Bittern confronts a mudskipper

Von Schrenck’s Bittern confronts a mudskipper The Von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus) is an uncommon winter visitor to Singapore, arriving from October to December. Some birds that are passage migrants continue to fly south after refueling, to return around March. These join up with the winter visitors to fly back north to their breeding grounds in SE Siberia, Manchuria, China and Japan. The video above by Jeremiah Loei was recorded at the Pasir Ris mangrove at around 1830 hours when it was rather... Read More

Nesting behaviour of the Spotted Dove

Nesting behaviour of the Spotted Dove Courtship For the more than a few mornings in May 2013, a pair of Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis) was heard duetting while hidden among a leafy branch of the Blue Mahang (Macaranga hyeni) tree that was covered with the scrambling Luffa plant (Luffa aegyptica) (above). The duetting started as early as 0730 hours and lasted from 5-10 minutes to as long as 40 minutes. When disturbed from their perches, they fly off to continue somewhere else. During evenings they were... Read More

Long-tailed Shrike Casting A Pellet

in Pellets, Videography  on Mar 17, 14 2 Comments »
Long-tailed Shrike Casting A Pellet “Sharing this video of a Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) in the process of casting a pellet. It was made with a few still images that were taken in sequence. “It was an amazing experience and my pleasure to watch this confiding shrike from close. It took just 10 seconds from the time it started to gape slightly until the pellet was held briefly in its beak. The pellet was then dropped onto the ground below. “The pellet is made up of compacted... Read More