Do birds recognise people?

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Calvin Lo of Yishun posted a most interesting account in Club Snap that I have got his permission to have it posted in the blog. “About a week ago, I managed to save a juvenile Long-Tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) from … Continued

Forensic birding 3: Pellets

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A few weeks ago I picked up a small, 14 x 14 mm piece of dry, compressed pellet on my driveway. On examining it under the hand lens, I found that it was composed of short pieces of fibres, a … Continued

Ground foraging by a Malkoha

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On February 7th 2006, as we were conducting a recce trip at Sarimbun, Robert Teo, Robin and I came across a party of three Chestnut-bellied Malkohas (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus) in the secondary forest. The encounter was surprising enough as there are … Continued

Forensic Birding 2: Bird scats

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After forensic birding was first introduced to local birders in December 2005, a workshop subsequently conducted by “sometime” field ornithologist Wang Luan Keng (above, right) exposed us to its practical side. In addition to feathers, skeleton parts, eggs, etc., we … Continued

Of termites and toads

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Reading Subaraj’s posting on Termite Hatch reminds me that only about a week ago I was trying to explain the same phenomenon to my three year old daughter when we were at the carpark opposite Downtown East at sunset. A … Continued

Forensic Birding 1. Introduction

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We were introduced to forensic birding by Lin Yangchen when he wrote on 30th December 2005: “Birds are usually identified by sight or sound. It may also be possible to identify them from the tracks, feathers and droppings they leave … Continued

Angie’s nesting crows 5: Final chapter

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After only three days trying to incubate their eggs, the House Crows (Corvus splendens) gave up on the morning of 28th December 2005 Thereafter, it was open house for the Asian Koels (Eudynamys scolopacea)! They were increasingly daring, stealing into … Continued

Cats in Australia

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Cats are an absolute no-no in Australia, where essentially they are non-native and imported by thoughtless white settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries, who even more thoughtlessly let them go ‘feral’ in the wild (believe me, these seeming pussy-cats … Continued