on 26th January 2016

“Near a river mouth in Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia, a small flock of Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) had perched atop the vertical trunks of the nibong palm (Oncosperma tigillarium) poles that lined the river bank. A pair of prospective parents appeared to be particularly keen on a piece of real estate, as their feathers glistened with a metallic green in the brilliant afternoon sun (above).

“One of the pair wasted no time and descended head-first into the cosy cavity to assess the suitability (above).

“Upon emergence and approval, it was time for its other half to carry out the home inspection (above).

“A video clip of these parents expressing interest in the potential nest site may be previewed above.

“Meanwhile, on another nibong pole nearby, a juvenile starling was staring into space and reminiscing about its childhood, or should I say, ‘chickhood’ days (above).”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
12th January 2016

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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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