Asian Openbills at Malim Nawar, Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

on 12th March 2016

1 OPenbillA [DanarajManiam

“On 23rd November 2015 I was on my birding trip to Malim Nawar in Kampar, Perak, Malaysia where I noticed the Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) sitting high on a dead tree. I stopped my car, took my camera out still seated in my car I took a few shots (above).

2 OPenbillA [DanarajManiam

“I returned the next day an saw around six flying high up in the sky. They circled the sky round and round for about half an hour (above).

3 OPenbillA [DanarajManiam

“About 9 days later when I was coming back home after birding at around noon, I spotted the birds again. This time there were 34 of them flying around. It’s the first time I saw these birds in Malim Nawar.

“I have not seen the birds in the lakes looking for prey, so I cannot tell you much about the Asian Openbill. Maybe they are migration birds passing by, and looking for some fish to eat.”

Note: An account of these birds migrating south is found HERE; gathering at Batang Tiga, Malacca HERE; feeding on freshwater Golden Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata) HERE; and other food HERE.

Danaraj Maniam
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
8th February 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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