An Asian Fairy Bluebird, a Blue-throated Bee-eater and a pair of  Chestnut-winged Babbler and …

on 28th August 2021

Five Asian Fairy Bluebirds (Irena puella malayensis) were seen eating the fruits of Bridelia tomentosa. Managed to photograph a female – failed to photograph any earlier HERE. A spiderhunter also came to feed but left immediately due to my presence – looked like a Thick-billed Spiderhunter (no images).

A female Asian Fairy Bluebird on a branch of the Bridelia tomentosa

A Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis) was photographed with a cicada between its mandibles. This is an uncommon prey. Usually this bird takes dragonflies and butterflies.

Blue-throated Bee-eater caught a cicada.

A pair of Chestnut-winged Babbler (Stachyris erythroptera erythroptera) was foraging and calling in the undergrowth at the base of the Bridelia tomentosa trees, allowing for views.

Chestnut-winged Babbler.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

February 2021

 

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Fringe of primary forest

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

 

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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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