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Family of Milky Storks

on 23rd November 2009

Choo Teik Ju was at Singapore’s Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in early November 2009 when he encountered a family of Milky Storks (Mycteria cinerea). One of the parents caught this fish, which was trapped in the mud during water release, and threw it over to this juvenile (below left). The fish looks like the Brown Sweetlips, also known as Hotlips (Plectorhinchus gibbosus), recognised from the dark grey-brown body and swollen lips. The two adults (below right) are sunning the inner surfaces of their wings.

A total of four Milky Storks were spotted, two adults and two juveniles. These storks have been sighted in Singapore during the last few years, mainly in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Their status here is debatable – either vagrant or escapee. However, it is known that they were introduced by the Mandai Zoo as free-flying birds since 1987, now breeding freely there.

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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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