“Slightly over a week ago while I was walking towards the National Library along Victoria Street, a bird flew into the reflective glass of the Singapore Management University building at the junction of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Street and fell. The building is about 15 to 20 floors high.
“It fell on to the driveway and when three young ladies and I approached, it picked itself up and flew into the wall and collapsed. I picked it up (see photographs attached) and one of the ladies called the SPCA.
“Whilst waiting, I sat down on a bench and one of the ladies took out a hanky and covered the bird’s eyes to calm the bird down, as some people had gathered to see what was happening. The ladies helped to take turns to hold on to the bird while waiting for the SPCA to arrive. Eventually the guy from the SPCA came and took the bird away.
“I received the photos from Charlene, one of the ladies, and she told me subsequently that she had called the SPCA later to check on the bird and was told the bird did not even survive the journey back to the SPCA.
“We are all curious to know what sort of bird of prey is this and whether it is on the endangered list? Would you be able to assist?”
We were alerted to the above in a roundabout way. Paul Leu wrote to Laura Khoo who wrote to BESG about the possibility of someone identifying the bird. KC Tsang was kind enough to identify the bird as a juvenile Changeable Hawk-eagle, pale morph (Spizaetus cirrhatus). The photograph of George Wee with the raptor is by Charlene.