Bukit Batok Nature Park and its bird life

on 14th February 2017

Jerome Pang was at the Bukit Batok Nature Park on the afternoon of 30th January 2017. There was a slight drizzle and he took cover under a shelter.

L'thrushWC [JeromePang]

He was met by a small flock of 9 White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolopus) that appeared in front of the shelter (above).

L'thrushWC [JeromePang]

“One even came to check me out!” added Jerome (above). “Within minutes a male Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus) came a pecking, (below)…

Wd'pkerL [JeromePang]

“…followed by a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) (below).”

DrongoGrRT [JeromePang]

“Hard to shoot the woodpecker as it was hidden most of the time behind the leaves and branches,” continued Jerome.

“Among the shrubs was a female chicken too. Good thing I decided to bring my zoom lens along and had a good hour, about 3.15pm, as there was not many people around.”

The above shows that wildlife will appear as long as there is enough vegetation to provide cover and food. The park was developed from an abandoned quarry in 1988 and the vegetation is secondary forest LINK.

Jerome Pang
30th January 2017

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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