Little Grebe feeding on fish

on 4th July 2011

“I think most bird photographers are aware that a couple of Little Grebes (Tachybaptus ruficollis) had settled down in Singapore Quarry for years. But these grebes used to play in the deep water and far away from the observation platform. I had been trying to get a close up picture for last few years without success. Even my 700mm tele-lens could not reach to get a clear shot.

“Last week, I was finally lucky. I was alone on the platform in Singapore Quarry one weekday afternoon. A pair of Little Grebes emerged from the grass on the right-hand side of the platform and moved to the centre of the pond just about 20 ft from my camera. One of the birds caught a small fish. It washed the fish, shook it dry, then rinsed it before aligning it with the head in first.”

William Ip
28th June 2001

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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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