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Arrivals of the Black Bazas

on 19th November 2008

KC Tsang had a busy week in November 2008 with the arrivals of the Black Bazas (Aviceda leuphotes) in Singapore. He first photographed this raptor on 4th November at Neo Tiew Lane where he sighted three birds. The next morning he encountered more birds at Bidadari cemetery. And on the 9th, he counted at least six birds at the same cemetery. He thinks that there are at least a dozen birds around.

The Black Baza is a common winter visitor and passage migrant. Formerly scarce, the bird is now becoming quite common. It arrives as early as 20th September and as late as 8th April.

Together with the baza, KC also managed to photograph the Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus), Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), Drongo Cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris) and possibly even the Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus).

All three images of the Black Baza by KC Tsang.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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