In-between White-breasted waterhen

on 22nd March 2013

“Most people are familiar with what an adult White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) looks like. And it is also generally known that the chicks are an uniform sooty, charcoal grey. I have a family of waterhens in my garden, and watched the chicks changing from infant to sub-adult plumage.

“This juvenile delinquent trespassed into my house, and I took these mug shots. They have no artistic value, but are meant to be used purely for an identification parade. Now, I hope that you will know a sub-adult White-breasted Waterhen when you have to identify one.

“No, I did not want to go to the trouble and expense of keeping this fellow in detention. And after the photo shoot, I booted it right out.”

Lee Chiu San
28th 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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