Malayan Night Heron catches an earthworm

on 28th November 2009

“Upon receiving a tip-off from a bird forum, I rushed down to capture a few shots of this rare winter visitor and passage migrant, the Malayan Night Heron (Gorsachius melanolophus). The heron is globally near-threatened.

“The heron stayed close to a bush and was a far distance away. I spent about an hour and a half observing it before it started feeding on something from the ground. It picked up a large earthworm, pulling it from the ground. It was a struggle to swallow the wriggling earthworm, taking about 15 minutes before succeeding.

“The heron then became lethargic and retreated behind some thick bushes.”

Ben Lee
November 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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