BICA Moment: Beyond looking and photographing birds

on 19th June 2017

“Kodak Moment” has been in use for more than five decades by Eastern Kodak Company LINK. This is defined as “a moment worthy of capturing with a photograph, especially an adorable moment.” As Kodak fades into the sunset with the advent of digital photography, “Kodak Moment” has been giving way to “National Geographic Moment.”

According to National Geographic photographer Jay Dickman LINK, this is when a photographer captures an image that is “…large, loud and in your face. They can also be soft, gentle, and intimate.”

BICA (Bird, Insects N Creatures Of Asia) photographers are also seeking out their moments in their activities. We suggest that “BICA Moment” be referred to an exciting capture of a unique bird behavior (images or video) rather than simply an exciting portrait of a bird.

Tree swift... (Photo credit Wong Weng Fai)
Grey-rumped Treeswift incubating egg… (Photo credit Wong Weng Fai)

Our ideal “BICA Moment” would be something like what Wong Weng Fai’s video clip provided evidence of cooperative breeding among the local population of Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis) LINK.

Tanimbar Corella using "tool" to get at the coconut flesh (Photo credit: And Siew Siew)
Tanimbar Corella using “tool” to get at the coconut flesh inside (Photo credit: And Siew Siew)

The second example of “BICA Moment” is by Ang Siew Siew who captured a Tanimbar Corrella (Cacatua goffini) using “tool” to get at the flesh of a coconut LINK 1 and LINK 2.

There may be more moments by BICA members that we may have missed. If so, would appreciate if we are alerted.

YC Wee & Jeremiah Loei
14th June 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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