“This morning I witnessed a very sad end to a baby bird’s life in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
“A Changeable Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus linmaeetus) pale morph landed in a small island of trees where the Little (Striated) Heron (Butorides striatus) is nesting (above).
“At first I thought the hawk-eagle was looking for fish but the raptor was moving around and seemed to be looking for something in the trees.
“Then I noticed the herons were flying in and making lots of noise.
“It finally dawned on me that this raptor was looking for the nest, and sure enough, after 15 minutes searching, the hawk-eagle found the nest.
“The next moment the hawk-eagle flew off with the chick in its talon with the heron chick calling loudly (above).”
Eng Boo Tan
17th March 2017
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