Call of the Barred Eagle-owl

on 2nd November 2018

“I photographed an adult Barred Eagle-owl (Bubo sumatranus) aka Malay Eagle Owl, on 21st October 2018 near the Singapore Quarry area at 6.00pm (below). It was asleep most of the time but became more active when it was approaching 7pm.

“At about 6.30pm, a Greater racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) was heard calling loudly for a few minutes. It seemed like it was mobbing the eagle-owl but the latter was not bothered by the noise. Surprisingly the drongo perched very close to the eagle-owl (below), but the owl did not react at all. After a few minutes, the drongo quietly flew off.

“I was fortunate to hear the owl calling for a brief period before it became very dark (see video clip below).

“I do apologise for the poor quality images as the subject was far away and the light was dim.”

Thong Chow Ngian
22nd October 2018

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behaviour through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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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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