Buffy Fish-owl nesting in a Bird’s Nest Fern

on 3rd May 2016

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Sometime in March 2016, a pair of Buffy Fish-owls (Ketupa ketupu) (above) nested in a Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Harry Geno-Oehlers started documenting the nesting and the images below show the development of the chick inside the nest.

FishOwlB-nesting [GenoOehlers]

“The single egg must have hatched sometime around March when the chick was first spotted. The above image, taken on 25th March, shows the presence of the small chick, which was resting most of the time.

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Occasionally it would shift position, providing a clearer view before settling down again (above).

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The adults were always in a nearby tree, watching over the nest (above).

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A three-quarter profile shot of the owlet, looking a little drowsy and wondering about the future is shown above.

FishOwlB-nesting [GenoOehlers]

A perfect profile image above, with the owlet covered with downy feathers. The saying “A face only a mother could love” comes to mind and no doubt this was true for both parents who continued to maintain a close watch on the nest from nearby perches.

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Putting on a gruesome look above… and closing its nictitating membrane to keep its eyes moist.

Harry Geno-Oehlers
25th April 2016

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.

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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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