African Fish-eagle: The voice of Africa

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Ingo Waschkies’ image of the juvenile African Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) shows this large raptor perching on a rotting limb of a tree exercising its voice. The eagle spends most of its time perching than flying. Its loud ringing cry is … Continued

Bird Ecology Study Group blog…

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It was a pleasant surprise to receive an unsolicited ‘comment’ from Lee Chiu San on the occasion of our million blog hits. The text is reproduced below to serve as an encouragement to the people behind it – contributors, photographers, … Continued

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker and pulasan

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Chris Lee’s image shows a male Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma) feeding on the fruit of pulasan (Nephelium ramboutan-ake), a close relative of the rambutan (N. lappaceum). The flowerpecker is a frugivore, taking mainly smaller and soft fruits. The pulasan is … Continued

Yellow-vented Bulbuls’ rain dance

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Lena Chow initiated the controversy when she posted an account of Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) flying out from a tree canopy after the rain way back in June 2006. Three years later in July 2009 she posted another account, this … Continued

Wintering Tiger Shrikes

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Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS of Perak, Malaysia, sent in images of Tiger Shrikes (Lanius tigrinus) on 14th September 2009 with the following comment: “I have often seen wintering migrant Tiger Shrike at the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Perak, Malaysia. Three … Continued

Night feeding by Masked Lapwing

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Lena Chow was in Queensland recently when she noticed about a dozen Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles) at the Cairns Esplanade foraging all over the beach way past sunset. Quipped Lena, “I didn’t know lapwings are nocturnal feeders…” According to Wiersma … Continued

Yellow-fronted Canary appears in Canada

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“I read articles posted on your website about the Yellow-fronted Canary (Serinus mozambicus). I was amazed at the reports. “I have discovered a Yellow-fronted Canary at my bird feeder in the past week. I live in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. … Continued

Thirsty birds

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Singapore experienced a dry spell recently and the air-condition units in many homes were working overtime. At the same time, the birds were thirsty. And water from any source was welcome by the birds. The drainage pipe of Johnny Wee’s … Continued

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