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For some time now Kennie Pan had been hearing a strange call in the night at different locations in Singapore. Always, the call would come from thick vegetation, like forests in and around Hindhede Nature Park, Mandai Lake Road, Kranji Jetty… HERE.

Whether the night was wet or dry, the call would invariably be heard.

Finally curiosity got the better of Kennie and he recorded the call in an effort to get someone identify it .

According to Nature Consultant Subaraj Rajathurai: “That is the contact call of the Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata) (top). This crake has crespecular tendencies and can be active until fairly late at night. It is a woodland species and is a fairly common resident in wooded habitats throughout the island.”

Credits: Kennie Pan (audio), KC Tsang (image) & Subaraj Rajathurai (call ID).

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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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