The two Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus) chicks that nested at Bedok North Avenue 4 LINK failed when they made their first flight out of the nest one February 2017 morning. Bw Ong‘s images show one bird landed on a parked truck (above, below).
The other bird landed on the ground (below).
The two fledglings caused quite a commotion in the Housing Development Board’s heartland. Residents and photographers alike crowded round for their souvenir photographs. Note the lady in the foreground with a backpack wearing a pair of black shorts (second image from the top) is BICA member Clarinda Yap, monitoring the going on to see that things did not get out of hand.
As Jeremiah Loei wrote: “A wonderful case where wildlife chose to coexist with people @ Singapore HDB Heartland. Also a precious lesson for all to respect their [the goshawks’] space and learn their behaviour. Don’t think many know what to do when they spotted a young fledgling that landed on the ground, I can understand the excitement. Do not condemn nor criticise, let’s learn together.”
BICA members were protective of the fledglings. Attempts at placing the birds back on the tree failed and Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) or ACRES was contacted. One chick was eventually taken away by ACRES to be handed over to Jurong Bird Park (JBP) for rehabilitation and subsequent release. The other, with much encouragement from the female adult, managed to fly off together. It was speculated that the male adult was killed on the Pan Island Expressway that runs just behind the housing estate.
It is no problem caring for the young bird. But can a person teach it to seek out food? JBP no doubt has the ability to do this. However, how do you teach the young innocent bird to recognise and avoid predators? – see HERE. Will the young Crested Goshawk eventually end up among JBP’s captive population of birds? Just a thought.
Maybe ACRES should inform the National Parks Board (NParks) of the recent episode? This could result in an understanding that this Red Data resident should eventually be returned to the wild. Or why not contact NParks direct in future?
Bw Ong, Jeremiah Loei & YC Wee
23rd February 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.