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Survival of the fittest

on 4th April 2017

“This morning I witnessed a very sad end to a baby bird’s life in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

HawkEagleCh [EngBooTan]

“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.

HawkEagleCh [EngBooTan]

“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
Singapore
17th March 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.

If you like this post please tap on the Like button at the left bottom of page. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors/contributors, and are not endorsed by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM, NUS) or its affiliated institutions. Readers are encouraged to use their discretion before making any decisions or judgements based on the information presented.

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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