Yellow Bittern foraging

on 10th August 2012

“Was back at this large area that has many ex-mining pools converted into fish farming in a limestone hill environment. Fairly quiet and ‘rural’ with wetlands-like conditions developing in some of the large pools. In this habitat, over the past 3 decades, Yellow Bitterns (Ixobrychus sinensis) have slowly increased in volume while Cinnamon Bitterns (I. cinnamomeus), previously common, have decreased.

“Saw three Yellow Bitterns in a small reed patch of 4×10 meters. The above image shows the bittern foraging for fish. Very patient as bitterns are, but lots of fish here so the picking were easy. The composite above is from a video grab to show the behaviour. Managed to get a short handheld video, but taken at 30-40 meters.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Tambun Interior, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fish farming, ex-mining pools, limestone hills nearby
4th August 2012

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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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