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Oriental Honey-buzzard – an uncommon tweeddale morph 1

on 11th September 2021

An Oriental Honey Buzzard (Indomayalan) Pernis ptilorhynchus torquatus appeared in our neighbourhood very early this morning. The sun had not risen above the hills and it was still a bit dark. Very blustery morning and the crest was being blown.

It sat preening for ~15 minutes on an electrical pole and allowed the neighbours (doing their morning walk) to take hand phone camera images. From the tail pattern this is an adult male.

This is the uncommon tweeddale morph resembling a Blyth’s Hawk Eagle plumage with a prominent crest (avian mimicry). Both males and females in this morph have yellow-orange eyes and dark heads. The P. p. torquatus are resident in Peninsular Malaysia.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
20th February 2021

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment
Equipment: 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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