• 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,...

POLLINATION OF SKYVINE BY CARPENTER BEES

11 Dec 2014   in Fauna No Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
POLLINATION OF SKYVINE BY CARPENTER BEES “In early October 2014, I was admiring the pale, powdery purple inflorescence of the Skyvine (Thunbergia grandiflora, family Acanthaceae) along forest edge (above). As the delicate blossoms bathed in the gentle morning sun and swayed seductively in the balmy breeze, I could imagine how inviting the flowers must be if I were a bee. “Indeed, the open invitations of each and every flower in bloom were eagerly accepted by visiting Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa latipes). Every... Read More

A close look at the Spectacled Spiderhunter

10 Dec 2014   in Morphology-Develop. No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
A close look at the Spectacled Spiderhunter “An inexplicable encounter, where this Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) allowed very close observations. “The above is a close up the face and shows the black eyelid-rims, dark brown iris and reddish base of lower mandible (Wells 2007). Note the broad and uniform eye ring, said to be “primrose-yellow” (Wells 2007). Note the continuation of the mouth margin with a raised, but separate section of the eye ring. Close-up and in bright light the yellow... Read More

A CRY IN THE NIGHT…

09 Dec 2014   in Vocalisation No Comments »
Contributed by Kennie Pan, Subaraj Rajathurai & KC Tsang
For some time now Kennie Pan had been hearing a strange call in the night at different locations in Singapore. Always, the call would come from thick vegetation, like forests in and around Hindhede Nature Park, Mandai Lake Road, Kranji Jetty… HERE. Whether the night was wet or dry, the call would invariably be heard. Finally curiosity got the better of Kennie and he recorded the call in an effort to get someone identify it . According to Nature Consultant Subaraj... Read More

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter and Musa ’1000 Fingers’

08 Dec 2014   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter and Musa '1000 Fingers' “When I posted an earlier image of the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta) nectar feeding on the banana flowers of Musa ’1000 Fingers’, I suspect few appreciated my description of this Malaysian banana. The above image shows the spiderhunter with its bill covered with pollen. “I had another opportunity and this time made sure I zoomed out as much as possible to show this magnificent fruiting plant. The image on the left does not show... Read More

Melastoma malabathricum and buzz pollination

07 Dec 2014   in Fauna, Plants, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Melastoma malabathricum and buzz pollination Singapore Rhododendron or Sendudok (Melastome malabathricum) is commonly seen throughout the tropics. The plant is fast growing, producing attractive, pinkish mauve flowers with two types of stamens. There are five short stamens with yellow filaments (stalks) and anthers (pollen sacs) and five long stamens. The long stamens consist of two parts – the basal part is straight and yellow and the upper part curved and mauve. There are two short horns at the junction where... Read More

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo in flight

06 Dec 2014   in Miscellaneous 1 Comment »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo in flight Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS’s images of the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) in flight was photographed on 1st November 2014 handheld using a Nikon D7100 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD. The location: the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. The habitat: the fringe of the primary forest reserve. The image above is a composite to show flight... Read More

BLUE SPRITE MATING & OVIPOSITING

05 Dec 2014   in Fauna No Comments »
Contributed by Dr Leong Tzi Ming
BLUE SPRITE MATING & OVIPOSITING “Between September and November 2014, I had a few opportunities to witness the Blue Sprite damselflies (Pseudagrion microcephalum, family Coenagrionidae) engaged in their mating positions, while checking out local pond sites (above). “The most romantic pair I witnessed had actually selected a water lily upon which to perform their nuptial embrace (above). “When coupled in this wheel position, the rhythmic undulations of the male abdomen may be observed, as he... Read More

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha – male with frog prey

04 Dec 2014   in Feeding-vertebrates 1 Comment »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha – male with frog prey “Had an opportunity to see this male Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris) feed on a frog prey. I spotted it through some foliage. “Although it was aware of my presence, it allowed me to watch and take quite a few images of feeding. A few posted here. “It took some time & care to reposition the large frog head first before swallowing it whole. The hind legs took some time to go down. At the end, the beak was well cleaned (below).... Read More

© RUDDY KINGFISHER EATS ESCARGOT

03 Dec 2014   in Feeding-invertebrates, Kingfishers No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O’Neill
© RUDDY KINGFISHER EATS ESCARGOT “A sequential to © ‘Ruddy Kingfisher Eats 1-legged Crab’ posted on September 2009 HERE, readers have now another opportunity to revisit same location. There, a foraging pair of Ruddy Kingfishers (Halcyon coromanda) may be found, during their several months’ annual vacation in Northern Peninsular Malaysia (below left). “In addition to sighting of an adult pair, I was delighted to encounter a sub-adult this 2014 (above right). “Their growing presence strongly... Read More

ORIENTAL PIED HORNBILLS VISIT STERLING CONDOMINIUM

02 Dec 2014   in Hornbills 6 Comments »
Contributed by Ch’ng Eng Hock, Lily Ung & Lionel Ch’ng
ORIENTAL PIED HORNBILLS VISIT STERLING CONDOMINIUM ‘In 2009, my second son and his family went to stay at the Sterling Condominium located along Bukit Timah Road. The Sterling is next to the old railway track and is near to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. It consists of two rows of low-density apartment units facing each other and separated by a swimming pool. One morning a few months after shifting into their apartment they heard loud squawking sounds and the flapping of wings approaching their apartment from the... Read More