Black Bittern in hunting mode

on 14th February 2019
Video grab.

The accompanying video by Jeremiah Loei was shot at Baker Street, Singapore. The bittern was standing at the water’s edge totally focussed and motionless, except for the tail flapping slowly in a circular motion.

This feeding technique is commonly used by all species of herons. In this instance it was taking the crouched posture (as compared to the upright posture), waiting for the prey to approach close enough for it to use its sharp bill to spear it.

An earlier post shows what this clip fails to show – the Black Bittern making the final move of spearing the prey. Discussions on the role of the moving tail can be viewed in this earlier post.

Jeremiah Loei
Singapore
3rd February 2019

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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