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Chestnut-headed Bee-eater catching insects

on 30th May 2009

A pair of Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti) was documented by Adrian Lim a.k.a. wmw998 in Penang, Malaysia recently. They were catching insects to feed their nestlings deep inside a burrow.

The image above shows the pair, of which one has a dragonfly in its bill. The image on the left shows one of the bee-eaters with a bee. Images of these birds with dragonflies are common. Not so with bees.

The young chicks need lots of protein during their growing phase and these insects help.

Images by Adrian Lim.

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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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