On 3rd November 2011, an owl landed on the 24th floor of a Housing Development Board’s apartment building at Kent Road, Singapore.
Alexis Hong’s husband spotted the owl when he returned home at around 10pm. It was just outside the lift landing. Alexis took some photographs and posted a photo in her Facebook. A friend told her that it was possibly an Oriental-scops Owl (Otus sunia). To confirm its identity, she sent images to BESG the next day.
Field ornithologist Wang Luan Keng confirmed that it was indeed an Oriental Scops-owl, a rare winter visitor and passage migrant. “This is the season for this rare migratory owl, which unfortunately, we seem to have more records as dead birds (mostly building-hit causalities) than live specimen,” added Luan Keng.
According to Alexis, “It stayed around for pretty long looking at us, but flew off when I shuddered due to muscle strain from keeping the camera still for a good shot. Left some poop on the sill too. Ha ha. Thanks for the confirmation, very happy to be of help and grateful to have had a rare sighting of this beautiful bird.”
Alexis Hong & Wang Luan Keng