Nesting of the Pied Fantail: 3. Brooding

on 7th September 2011

The first part of the series is on nest construction LINK. Egg incubation is covered in the second of the series LINK.

“We have been limiting our visits to the nest and much of our watching is from 3 meters. We watch intermittently throughout everyday as the nest and birds are so much part of our home right now.

“There has been no clear feeding behaviour on 24th May. So we suspect one egg hatched late 24th and the other early 25th.

“The photo (left) we are posting is from noon on 25th. We took them quickly when one parent was taking a break. While we taking it over <1 minute, one adult watched us from a nearby branch and did not look distressed. “Note that the chick on the left looks older that the one on the right. The chick on the right still has some light down on the whole body and is lighter (no flash used, did not want to disturb their sleep or righten them). The older chick on the left looks like some feathers have erupted, which is early (see DR Wells 2007).” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS & Datin Dr Swee-Im Lim
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
25th May 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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