von Schrenck’s Bittern foraging

on 30th June 2013

Jeremiah Loei has succeeded in documenting this elusive female von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus) foraging in a muddy patch of a degraded mangrove. Towards the end of the clip, the bittern encounters a mudskipper. Either showed no hostilities towards the other. It is usually difficult to spot this bittern as it becomes active only at dawn and dusk, although sometimes it can be seen during the day.

The von Schrenck’s Bittern is an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore. It arrives mainly between October and December. Some of the arrivals are passage migrants and these soon fly south, to return back in March. The returning passage migrants join the population of winter visitors to refuel before the entire migrant population gradually flies back to their breeding grounds in the north. By June all of them will have flown back.

More details of the bittern and mudskipper can be found in Jeremiah’s Facebook LINK.

Jeremiah Loei
June 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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