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LITTLE EGRET – BREEDING PLUMAGE

on 27th April 2011

“While strolling along the Telok Kurau canal on the morning of 12th March 2011, I first noticed that the resident foot-tapping Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) was beginning to sprout feather plumes from its nape, breast and back (image 1). These are clearly recognised as the typical breeding plumage for this species (Lekagul & Round, 1991: Plate 6; Robson, 2000: Plate 51). By the evening of 19 April 2011 (more than a month later), the breeding plumage of this egret had grown substantially to its full glory (image 2). The pair of elongated plumes trailing from its nape was particularly eye-catching, especially when it was blowing in the breeze. Such beauty and grace may be comparable to ladies sporting long, flowing hair. This egret may be confirmed to be the same individual by a consistent black marking at the base of the outermost toe of its right foot.”

Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
April 2011

References:
1.
Lekagul, B. & P. D. Round, 1991. A Guide to the Birds of Thailand. Saha Karn Bhaet Co., Ltd., Bangkok. 457 pp.
2. Robson, C., 2000. A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd, London. 504 pp.

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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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