Milky Stork fighting for the fish

on 10th January 2010

William Ip observed a group of Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea) feeding in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 7th November 2009. One of them caught a big fish. The three storks were fighting for the prey and finally one of them won and took it away. Unfortunately, it found the prey just too big to swallow after almost 15 minutes struggling with it. It gave up and the other two fought for it again. Both found it not possible to take in the fish. Finally, the fish was left under the hot sun, dead. Surprisingly, a monitor lizard passed by but did not take the fish either.

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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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3 Responses

  1. These looked like Painted Storks, not actually Milky, Milky is generally white with black wing feathers, Their underwing is a clear black trail white shoulder, Painted on the other hand has the patterns on the underwings.

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