Survival of the fittest

“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
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.

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