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Little Tern feeding fledgling in the water

on 21st January 2009

In August 2007 Dr Johathan Cheah Weng Kwong was at Kranji where the chicks from the breeding colony of Little Terns (Sterna albifrons) had just fledged.

There is an earlier account of adults feeding the chicks, which took place on land, near the nesting site.

The series of images Jonathan is sharing with us (above, clockwise from top left) show an adult feeding a fledgling in the water. Once the fledgling got hold of the fish, it swam away and flew off the water. Obviously this is a further learning stage for the juvenile, where feeding is done in the water, a prelude to teaching the latter to catch its own fish.

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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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