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Juvenile Black-shouldered Kites

on 2nd February 2009

In July 2008, Dr Jonathan Cheah Weng Kwong posted an account of his favourite raptor, as follows:

“Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) have been one raptor of affinity for me. Almost two to three nestlings were found every year, some offered spectacular flights, some high resolution macros. They were also the first raptor that got me hooked with the hovering heli-flights as they spot their prey and then dive to the ground. I have witnessed mommy BSK teaching two kids to do that in the sunset, magical.

“The juveniles never bore me with their intense stares. A pair would normally show brotherly love by preening each other, using ones’ own wing to shelter the other from the harsh sunlight. I have never seen any siblings fight in the nest. They got so used to me, that when they fledged, they allowed me to walk up to them for perch shots!”

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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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