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Chinese Pond Heron feeding on a skink

on 11th December 2011

“We were watching some Chinese Pond Herons (Ardeola bacchus) in an open field when one darted forward to catch this skink in the grass (above). It then proceeded to move away from us (in case we tried to steal it’s prey!) and devoured the creature. It happened too fast to put on video mode, so shot a series of images and merged 20 together for video effect.

“The diet of the Chinese Pond Heron locally is not well known. In my experience they will forage in a variety of habitats included ponds (for fish), shallow streams, drains and open grass lands (larger insects and animal prey).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Tanjung Rambutan, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
(Open well cut grass with secondary growth at edge)
28th November 2011

*NOTE: According to R Subaraj, “The skink appears to be a Garden or Bowring’s Supple Skink (Lygosoma bowringii), based on the structure including the very short legs. This is a common skink of the plains, including cities and gardens.”

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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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