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Chestnut-headed Bee-eater building nest

on 5th April 2011

“This was near my home where I have seen Bay-Headed/Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters (Merops leschenaulti leschenaulti) nesting previously.

“Many nests I have seen are built into a slope but have I have not observed nest built into flat ground as in this instance (see DR Wells 1999).

“There were three birds. On pair building in one site and a lone bird in another. [Loose sand soil in an area slotted for housing development.] I managed to hide and watch. Pictures were tricky as there is a lot of short vegetation in the way. Obtained a brief handheld video (above)

“But was soon discovered and I abandoned the site to give them some peace.

“Pictures showing beginning of excavation of tunnel (1st nest site); notice the stone in it’s beak (left).”
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Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
25th December 2010

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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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