on 8th November 2012

“On a calm October morning, along a beach in Langkawi, I was admiring a pair of Great Hornbills (Buceros bicornis) having figs for breakfast (below). When they had their fill, they flew off from the fig tree and swooped round the bay to perch on a tall tree that basked in the light and warmth of the rising sun.

“As one hornbill preened its feathers, the other began to call, issuing a steady series of deep ‘gok’ notes. While the head of the calling individual was somewhat obscured by leaves, the tossing of its beak could still be noticed as it corresponded with each call.

A representative clip of this behaviour may be previewed here:

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
23rd October 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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