• 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,...

Water monitor lizard and waders

29 Nov 2008   in Waders 1 Comment »
Contributed by Lee Tiah Khee
Water monitor lizard and waders The abundance of Malayan Water Monitors (Varanus salvator) at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve has made these lizards an added attraction. The scavenging activities of these lizards shown earlier with a large catfish in its jaws, beg the question of how successful they are in catching resident and migratory birds. No doubt these skirmishes make for exciting encounters. The image by Lee Tiah Khee shows a monitor lizard sneaking up on an unsuspecting wader and subsequently... Read More

Blue-tailed Bee-eater manipulating a dragonfly

29 Nov 2008   in Bee-eaters, Feeding strategy, Feeding-invertebrates 4 Comments »
Contributed by Johnny Wee
Blue-tailed Bee-eater manipulating a dragonfly One of bee-eaters’ favourite food, or at least what we perceive as its favourite, is dragonflies. This is because photographers love to document these birds in the act of manipulating a dragonfly prior to swallowing it after its successful aerial chase. The series of images by Johnny Wee, shows a Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus ) in the process of swallowing a dragonfly after it was properly thrashed against the perch. The bird expertly flipped the insect into... Read More

Bird Strike at Singapore’s Changi International Airport

28 Nov 2008   in Collision-Reflection, Reports 1 Comment »
Contributed by Jeremy Lee
Bird Strike at Singapore’s Changi International Airport “I was on a flight back to Singapore this morning and we had a bit of a drama during the approach and landing. “First it was an approaching thunderstorm from the South of Singapore that caused all aircraft to land from the opposite direction away from the storm. It was during this high workload period when I was changing the arrival when I heard a Japanese airline’s pilot report that he had a bird strike after take off. “The controller was very busy rearranging... Read More

BESG’s website logged half a million visitors

27 Nov 2008   in Reports 5 Comments »
Contributed by YC
BESG’s website logged half a million visitors BESG’s website has touched another milestone – half a million visitors in just over three years. This time, most of the credits must go to bird photographers. They are currently at the forefront of bird behaviour documentation, providing new records of feeding, courtship, nesting, etc. Our alliance with NaturePixels, a photographic e-forum, has brought in numerous images taken by photographers affiliated to it. All the photographers approached have unstintingly... Read More

I and the Bird #89

26 Nov 2008   in Reports 6 Comments »
Contributed by YC
I and the Bird #89 Welcome to Singapore, the venue of the 89th Meeting of “I and the Bird”. This is an auspicious occasion as it marks the first time members are meeting in Asia. We hope all of you will stay around for the post-conference tours to experience our avian biodiversity. We apologise to members for our inability to host the 85th meeting. The local venue was forcibly shut down about a week before the meeting was scheduled. Apparently, the high traffic arriving at BESG... Read More

Cockatoos and Yellow Oleander

24 Nov 2008   in Feeding-plants, Parrots No Comments »
Contributed by Margie Hall
Cockatoos and Yellow Oleander “This evening, just after 6.30pm, I stopped at the Tuah Road carpark entrance of Sembawang Park to post a letter in the adjacent post box, and was surprised to see two white cockatoos fly out of a line of tall Yellow Oleander bushes (almost trees, in fact). These bushes are very familiar to me and Wee Sau Cheng as we end our Sembawang Park bird census there, three times a year, always adding to our tally of sunbirds who are invariably present and partaking of the nectar of... Read More

Narcondam Hornbill sighted

24 Nov 2008   in Hornbills 2 Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang, Ben Lee, Summerian Turks & Yong Ding Li
Narcondam Hornbill sighted A Narcondam Hornbill (Rhyticeros narcondami), identified by Lim Kim Chuah, was photographed by a friend of KC Tsang early November 2008 at Bidadari Cemetery. This is an extremely rare hornbill confined to the Narcondam and Andaman Islands. Listed as “Internationally Vulnerable” and in CITES II list, the population has always been small, thought to be initially about 200 individuals. The latest estimate is higher, at 295-320, with about 68-85 breeding pairs. The hornbill... Read More

Common Kingfisher catching a prawn

23 Nov 2008   in Feeding strategy, Feeding-invertebrates No Comments »
Contributed by Calvin Chang
Common Kingfisher catching a prawn Here again are images of a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), this time catching a prawn and swallowing it. These images are part of a series taken by eager photographers in Jurong during the 2008 arrival of this winter visitor and passage migrant. These were taken by Calvin Chang a.k.a Deswitch at the Japanese Garden on 5th October. Unlike crabs, prawns are easy to manipulate. And whether prawn or crab, the kingfisher will soon cast a pellet consisting of the indigestible... Read More

Observing the nesting of the Mangrove Pitta

22 Nov 2008   in Nesting 8 Comments »
Contributed by Foo Sai Khoon
Observing the nesting of the Mangrove Pitta In June 2008, Foo Sai Khoon shared with members of Nature Pixels his image of the nesting of the Mangrove Pitta (Pitta megarhyncha). “As the image was captured at a nesting site, I apologise in advance that I am unable to divulge its location except that the image was taken in Pulau Ubin in 2006. “Mangrove Pittas are mainly restricted to Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong. Globally threatened (due to destruction of mangroves, their living habitat), they are secretive, live in... Read More

Nordmann’s Greenshank at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

22 Nov 2008   in Waders 4 Comments »
Contributed by Mendis Tan, David Li, Tan Kok Hui & Ong Tun Pin
Nordmann's Greenshank at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve The Nordmann’s Greenshank (Tringa guttifer) rarely over-winters in Singapore. When two birds were spotted on 15th November 2008 (and again the next day) at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, photographers and birdwatchers were naturally excited. Mendis Tan and David Li, both from SBWR, were informed and the former successfully photographed the bird and made it available on e-forums. David wrote: “The Nordmann’s Greenshank has been observed by Lau Jia Sheng,... Read More