Crested Goshawk at Bishan Park, Singapore

on 2nd September 2015

The appearance of a raptor never fails to excite birdwatchers and photographers. What more, a rare resident and non-breeding visitor like the Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus). And a nationally endangered species to boot!

In late August 2015 the Crested Goshawk did appear – at Bishan Park. The excitement was confined mainly to the BICA community and photographers had a field day documenting the occasion. Excitement mounted when the raptor was seen predating – earlier a bird, then a rat (above, below).

Soon more excitement when the goshawk caught a waterhen (below, bottom).

Some months earlier BIAC members also documented a Crested Goshawk tearing apart a Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) at Pasir Ris Park.

A selection of the excellent images shown here… from top down, courtesy of Beez Beez, Dean Tan, Johnny Wee, Shunda Lee and Tony Chua.

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

If you like this post please tap on the Like button at the left bottom of page. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors/contributors, and are not endorsed by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM, NUS) or its affiliated institutions. Readers are encouraged to use their discretion before making any decisions or judgements based on the information presented.

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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