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LITTLE EGRET DEFAECATION

on 29th January 2014

“On the morning of 8th January 2014, a solitary Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) was patrolling the shallow waters of Siglap Canal, intent on finding fish to satisfy its hunger (above).

“Periodically, the egret would have to answer nature’s call, but deliberately moved away from the flowing waters before excusing itself. During defaecation, it would adopt a half-squat posture and elevate its belly feathers before squirting out a jet of milky paste (above).

“After easing itself, the egret resumed its fishing efforts and often succeeded in striking small fish prey (above, below).”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
16th January 2014

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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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