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Pied Triller – nest building

on 2nd January 2013

“I was at a paediatric head of departments meeting down south at a hotel with good grounds, lots of trees. Two of my colleagues asked me to introduce them to bird watching, with a view to get their children out of the house. We only had the late evenings to watch but they were very fortunate and we saw close to 20 species and 4 different nesting birds.

“I had spotted this pair of Pied Trillers (Lalage nigra striga) nesting the day before and we watched from some distance, using my camera images to offer close ups, to limit disturbance. The nest was 4 meters up (left). [Above shows] a close up of the nest in progress. Note the use of soft padding, possibly Ceiba pentandra (Kapok tree ‘cotton’).

[The images above] show the progress of the nest over 24 hours and [those below] a comparison of the two breeding adults, [of which, on the right is] a breeding female adult with nesting material. Both adults were involved in nest building.

“Disclosure: Total nest watching time for two days was less that 10 minutes.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Port Disckson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban hotel environment near the beach
18-19th June 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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