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White-bellied Sea Eagle at play

on 4th April 2009

“At Kekek Quarry in Pulau Ubin last weekend, I saw two White-bellied Sea Eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) in a short interchange. A sub-adult flew towards an adult bird which began to bank steeply and roll. I was hoping they would engage in some locking of talons but the sub-adult only made a nip at the adult’s tail. The two birds then went their separate ways. It seems the adult was prepared to engage in the aerial displays the species is famed for but the young bird was perhaps not so well-versed in the norms of the tribe.

“Also sighted at the quarry: Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea), Pacific Reef Egrets (Egretta sacra), Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta), Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis), Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) and a Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) carrying a large fish in its talons.”

Marcus Ng
The Annotated Budak
30th 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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