• 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,...

SPIDER FEEDING ON DRAGONFLY

SPIDER FEEDING ON DRAGONFLY “On the morning of 29th November 2014, while skirting a local pond, I noticed that a dragonfly had become ensnared in a spider’s web near the water’s edge. The arachnid predator was a female Yellow-Silver Saint Andrew’s Cross Spider (Argiope catenulata) and was putting the finishing touches of her sticky silk to restrain the male dragonfly prey (below), a Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans). “When she was satisfied that her silken strands were sufficiently... Read More

Nesting bulbul: 3. Adult feeding 5 days old chick

Nesting bulbul: 3. Adult feeding 5 days old chick The Yellow-vented Bulbul’s (Pycnonotus goiavier) was 5 days old on 8th June 2015. The feeding behavior of the adults was video recorded from 1410-1930 hours from the bedroom. The clips were subsequently analysed to determine the regularity of the visits and the length of time spent inside the nest by each adult on their visits. As with the 2 days old chick LINK, the adults arrived by two routes. Flying from the garden towards the nesting tree, it would make a sudden... Read More

Peregrine Falcon having a dust-bath in a high-rise apartment

Peregrine Falcon having a dust-bath in a high-rise apartment In July 2015 Wong Weng Fai photographed a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) having a dust-bath on the balcony floor of a yet to be completed apartment in a high-rise building. Many birds keep their feathers in good condition by taking dust-bath LINK. They lie on the dusty ground and moves vigorously about to get the dirt particles onto their feathers. This helps to get rid of ectoparasites as well as stale secretions from their oil glands. In the case of this falcon, it... Read More

WHITE-CRESTED LAUGHINGTHRUSH – PREENING

WHITE-CRESTED LAUGHINGTHRUSH – PREENING “On the morning of 14th December 2014, I was strolling beside a pond in a public park when a small flock of White-crested Laughingthrushes (Garrulax leucolophus) caught my attention. They were passing through and paused briefly to preen themselves, while perched on branches overhead (above). “One individual landed beside another and voluntarily offered its services in some hard to reach places, such as the neck region (above). Unfortunately, there seemed to be... Read More

EMPEROR OVIPOSITING

EMPEROR OVIPOSITING You can view the Emperor mating HERE. “In November 2014, I was thrilled by the appearance of Emperor dragonflies (Anax guttatus, family Aeshnidae) as they performed their antics at a local pond. My heart raced with excitement whenever a female arrived onto the scene, as there would be opportunity to witness her ovipositing behaviour if she had already mated. “Using her blade-like ovipositor, the female may deposit her eggs into a variety of receptacles, including: …a... Read More

Nesting bulbul: 2. Adult feeding 2 days old chick

Nesting bulbul: 2. Adult feeding 2 days old chick The Yellow-vented Bulbul’s (Pycnonotus goiavier) nest in front of my bedroom window LINK was constructed such that the side facing the garden was well camouflaged (above). The side that faced the window was more open and this was where most of the time the birds flew into the nest (below). Whenever I was in the garden and an adult was nearby, it gave out a sort of warning(?) call while keeping a close watch on me (below). On the morning of 24th May 2015 the nest was... Read More

Encounter with a one-eyed Buffy Fish-owl

Encounter with a one-eyed Buffy Fish-owl Alvin Seng’s image of the one-eyed Buffy Fish-owl (Ketupa ketupu) was photographed at Sungei Tampines in Pasir Ris Park on 2nd July 2015. The above image shows the functioning right eye with a wide yellow iris rim and a small black pupil. These are absent in the damaged left eye. The iris regulates the size of the pupil and thus the amount of light entering the eye. During the day when it is bright, the pupil is thus small (above). At night when it is dark, the pupil is... Read More

EMPEROR MATING

EMPEROR MATING “On the morning of 20th November 2014, I had noticed the arrival of a female Emperor dragonfly (Anax guttatus, family Aeshnidae) at a local pond, inspecting if the site was suitable for her offspring and if any males would pay her any attention. Prior to her arrival, I had already observed at least two males swooping over the water and demonstrating territorial behaviour. “The female must have been well aware of the males’ presence, but was probably playing a game of... Read More

Sultan dragonfly oviposting

Sultan dragonfly oviposting “In Singapore, the Sultan dragonfly (Camacinia gigantea) is by far the largest of the libellulids (family Libellulidae), but is not regularly nor reliably seen. Whenever an opportunity arises, it would often be the attractive males that are more noticeable (above). “The females, though less brightly coloured, are just as impressive with their formidable wingspan (above). “With the females typically outnumbered by the males, competition for them is stiff. After the... Read More

PINK-NECKED GREEN-PIGEONS FEEDING ON FIGS

PINK-NECKED GREEN-PIGEONS FEEDING ON FIGS “On the 9th November 2014, I was drawn towards the majestic crown of a mature fig tree (Ficus benjamina), which was punctuated with abundant red fruits. These enticing red dots had also captured the attention of Pink-necked Green-pigeons (Treron vernans). “The demographics of this flock of pigeons included: females (above), which blended with the foliage remarkably; “males (above, below), which paraded their pretty pink necks proudly; “as well as juveniles... Read More