Birds of the Equinox: A pile of feathers…

on 24th March 2009

“My friends and I walked 64.4km from 2120hrs 19 Mar 09 to 1815hrs 20 Mar 09. Although we did walk thru both the Bukit Timah and the MacRitchie Nature Reserves, we did not see any unusual birds, but did encounter the normal forest birds – drongos, hill mynas (Gracula religiosa), woodpeckers, etc. However, at one point on the track on the Rifle Range Trail, we came across a pile of feathers (left). From the colours and looks of the feathers it would appear that a Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) (my guess) had been taken by a sparrowhawk.”

Willi Kwek
21st March 2009

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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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