Juvenile Rufous-bellied Eagle mobbed

on 5th October 2014

“I have occasional seen mynas group together and the flock chases off a raptor. Seen this happen with a White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), a Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in my neighbourhood and other raptors. Today saw 20-25 Jungle Mynas (Acridotheres fuscus) (below) mobbed a juvenile Rufous-bellied Eagle (Hieraaetus kienerii) for quite some distance (above and bottom).

“I am uncertain if this is the local Hieraaetus kienerii formosus or a migrant. Although the migratory season has already begun (I saw a Grey Wagtail 2 weeks ago and colleagues have seen waders), I am inclined to consider it a local bird as it is a juvenile (possibly first year) and I have seen adults here occasional at non-migratory periods.

“Happy to be corrected if my ID of the raptor is incorrect.

“Images were taken while I was still in motion in the car. Had a narrow window of opportunity.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
31th August 2014

Location: Tambun Interior, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Orchards, fish farming, ex-mining pools, limestone hills

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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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