Lesser Whistling-duck foraging and flying

on 10th April 2011

“Went to one of my old site to watch and found the pool almost destroyed (dried up intentionally). One of the farmers, who got to know me from my visits, said that the ‘wild ducks’ had moved to another pond nearby, so decided to visit.

“Saw a flock of 10 Lesser Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna javanica) (previously in excess of 20). Most were foraging and bathing/preening.

“…above (left) shows a pair, the one on the left bathing and the one on the right foraging with beak in the water and eyes below surface. The video shows the foraging technique. Typical shaking of head/disturbing the shallow water with the beak to stir up debris.

“…above (right) and below show the ducks… in flight. They are shades of brown until the wings open out when you see this rich rufous chestnut on rump and lesser coverts.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Chemor, Perak, Malaysia
Ex-mining Pools with vegetable & fish farming
12th February 2011

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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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