Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and Bat Hawk sightings

on 6th February 2009

On 4th February 2009, at 8:53 am Marcus Ng a.k.a. budak sighted an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Cyex erithacus erithacus) at the MacRitchie Reservoir area (above).

“This bird only turns up after 6pm to fish. A surprise when it got darker (7.30 pm) was a *Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus) (pale throat area and steady flight with slow wing beats, unlike the swooping pattern of nightjars) that made repeated forays over the reservoir.”

Marcus is one of the four who sighted the Bat Hawk and provided undisputed proof in the form of a clear image the evening before. For Marcus’ image of the Bat Hawk, please click HERE.

The kingfisher is an uncommon winter visitor to Singapore while the Bat Hawk is supposed to be a rare non-breeding visitor.

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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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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