Birds and glass windows – 2

posted in: Collision-Reflection | 8

Part 1 of “Birds and glass windows” gives the background to this interesting post. In Part 2 here, we continue the discussion from the rest of the interested birders on their personal encoounters. Tian Soo has this to say: “Yesterday … Continued

Birds and glass windows – 1

posted in: Collision-Reflection | 4

On 27th February 2006, Philip Tatham wrote: “During the last three months, one, and now a pair of, Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) visited our apartment block on Jalan Hang Jebat (off Portsdown Road) and spent hour upon hour, almost every … Continued

The mempat tree

posted in: Plants | 2

There is nothing like a mempat tree (Cratoxylum formosum) with its crown covered with new reddish pink growth and pale pink flowers to brighten a road. The tree fronting my house was leafless for about a week before it turned … Continued

Do birds recognise people?

posted in: Miscellaneous | 0

Calvin Lo of Yishun posted a most interesting account in Club Snap that I have got his permission to have it posted in the blog. “About a week ago, I managed to save a juvenile Long-Tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) from … Continued

Tales of a Rhinoceros Hornbill

posted in: Hornbills | 6

Kwek Siew Jin, a member of the Nature Society (Singapore), had an exciting encounter with a Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) while out walking with a group of friends in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve one day. Below is Siew Jin’s … Continued

The beautiful bottlebrush trees

posted in: Plants, Sunbirds | 6

Bottlebrushes (Callistemon spp.) are endemic to Australia where there are about 25 species. These shrubs to small trees are popularly grown as garden ornamentals for their attractive flowering bunches that look like bottle brushes. These ‘brushes’ are made up of … Continued

Mixed marriages in birds

posted in: Courtship-Mating | 3

Ilsa Sharp from Perth, Western Australia, wrote on 21st February 2006: “I would like to ask whether anybody has encountered any ‘inter-racial marriages’ between different species of birds in Singapore, articularly between newcomer aliens and indigenous residents – and if … Continued

Little Grebe: Going out with a fight

posted in: Species | 3

“On December 12th, 2005, as I was leading my American clients on a birding tour at Serangoon (Sewage Works), we stopped to observe an adult Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis). Suddenly, another adult swam into view with two juveniles in tow, … Continued

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