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CHICK OF BLACK-BACKED GULL

on 15th March 2013

“On the afternoon of 8th January 2013, a solitary adult Black-backed Gull (Larus dominicanus, Maori name: Karoro) was perched atop an isolated rocky outcrop along the coast of Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand. It had adopted a resting posture – standing on one foot, with beak tucked under its wing. Upon closer inspection, I realised that there was also a grey, fluffy chick carefully exploring its surroundings (above).

“Moments later, its other parent glided back home and almost immediately regurgitated a gizzard-full of slimy food items, which were swiftly snapped up by the hungry chick (above). Soon after, one of the parents took flight in search of more food for their single offspring.”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
17th February 2013

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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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