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Javan Myna and grass cutting

on 20th August 2016

The Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) is one of the most common birds in Singapore. It is commonly found around human activities like grass cutting.

MynaJ-grass cutter

A pair resides in my small garden, appearing whenever I am there for trimming, weeding or planting. I have been trying to get an image of such association without success. Then today when my helper was trimming grass, an opportunity arose.

A Javan Myna was always behind or by her side, foraging on the semi-bare ground exposed as a result of the removal of the upper leafy portions. But photographing the myna near the “grass cutter” was not easy. The bird was always conscious of my presence and moved away or hide behind vegetation.

YC Wee
Singapore
2nd August 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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