Crested Goshawk – with prey

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It had been raining extensively for a few days and the birds in our garden had been having some difficulty feeding. One evening my wife spotted the adult male Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus indicus) that lives in our area take a Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans griseicapilla) in our garden.

It then went to a wall of our home to feed, plucking away the feathers. The bird was fully aware we were watching from inside the house (about 4 meters away) but some foliage in the way may have offered some security. This was at 6pm and it was dark due to the rain clouds. The timing was unusual in my experience, as I often see these birds hunting early in the morning.

After feeding for a while it left. The next morning when we checked the remains we were surprised to find a sizable amount of the Pink-necked Green Pigeon remaining, especially the wings and breast; ants had come to feed on the carcass.

At around 9.30am we noticed the remains had disappeared.

I searched the trees around the home and found the Goshawk was feeding on the remains in a Neem tree; presumably the same bird. As before the bird calmly continued eating despite my close observation with a long lens. It is interesting that the bird returned to finish the meal. Perhaps it was late the previous evening, or it had already partly eaten and was not as hungry (although the crop does not look full), or the meal was too large for it?

In Taiwan the Crested Goshawk is documented to take Rock Pigeons.

Both that evening and the next morning, all the birds in our garden were subdued and we did not hear the usual songs and calls. The White-breasted Waterhen that has taken up residency in our wild urban garden remained silent for 3 days and only now has begun to make some soft calls as it recovers from the fright (the initial feeding location was just next to where it roosts in a bamboo clump).

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Wild urban garden

Date: 7th January 2021

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

 

Lesser Green Leafbird – adult female

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This is another important bird tree for which I have no ID. The fruit is a favourite of Leafbirds and Bulbuls, as well as some flowerpeckers. It is a small tree and grows at the forest edge or along trails as it prefers full sun. I have watched birds feeding at it for decades.

Lesser Green Leafbird (adult female)

Birds seen feeding on the fruit (the list is longer but I will have to dig up many old records):

Lesser Green Leafbird Chloropsis cyanopogon

Greater Green Leafbird Chloropsis sonnerati zosterops

Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis moluccensis

Olive-winged Bulbul Pycnonotus plumosus plumosus

Buff-vented Bulbul Iole charlottae

Cream-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus simplex simplex

Red-eyed Bulbul Pycnonotus brunneus

Spectacled Bulbul Pycnonotus erythropthalmus

Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier gourdini

Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla

Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis musicus -Frugivory among Oriental Magpie Robin is not uncommon.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

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

Habitat: Trail in the forest

Date: 24th August 2020

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

 

 

White-throated Kingfisher – bathing

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Spotted a pair of White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra) bathing in a pool of water. They would hover in the air and then plunge down into the puddle. One would stand guard while the other enjoyed itself. From the condition of the bill of one bird, I suspect they have been engaging in nest building, hence the reason to be together.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Overgrown Chinese graveyard in the city

Date: 1st February 2021

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

 

Dollarbirds

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There are few sites in the city where it is possible to watch resident Dollarbirds (Eurystomus orientalis orientalis). The images here show an adult in the early morning light.

 

Dato’ Amar-Singh HSS Dr

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Urban

Date: 1st September 2020

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

 

Copper-throated Sunbird – song and calls

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The song and calls of the Copper-throated Sunbirds (Leptocoma calcostetha) are not well described. Wells (2007) says “A disyllable somewhat like the Brown-throated Sunbird, but no more detail available, and songs undescribed”. Cheke & Mann (2001) state “A deep trill, more melodious and less descending than the Yellow-bellied Prinia…”. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (2020) summarises both records and says “Utters both a high trill, and a deep melodious trill; also, a disyllabic call resembling that of Anthreptes malacensis”.

I made 9 call and song recordings of a number of birds over a 4+ hour period.

The calls/songs made by males include:

  1. A single, sharp, high frequency (20-21 kHz), brief (0.1-0.15 seconds) call, This call is almost not perceptible to me due to age related high tone hearing loss; hence may be missed by bird watchers. This is the commonest call made by adult males and also used territorially and in flight. It is used repeatedly 1-4 seconds apart for some time. Below is the sonogram and waveform of this call.

  1. The less common call heard was the one referred to as a ‘disyllabic call’ in literature. To my ears this is a single note call, lasting 0.3 seconds and is sort of a ‘pleading’ call (16-17 kHz). It does resemble the call used by the Brown-throated Sunbird. It was made 2-4 seconds apart, at rest, with a female in attendance. Below contains the sonogram and waveform of this call.

3. The third call is what I would consider the bird’s song. It was made not infrequently both at rest as well as when moving about (below). The song lasts 1.5-2 seconds and is a high frequency (20-21 kHz), has 9-14 notes sung rapidly. I presume this is the one referred to as a ‘trill’. Below are the sonogram and waveform of this call.

  1. The final song/call was heard infrequently and is a drawn-out chatter of numerous notes uttered in 4-5 seconds of varying frequencies. Below show the sonogram and waveform of this call.

Calls/song described in the above three can be heard in this recording: https://www.xeno-canto.org/592634

Calls described in the last is found at the end of this recording. The earlier part has the first call: https://www.xeno-canto.org/592635

References:

  1. Wells, D.R. (2007). The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 2 (Passerines). Christopher Helm, London.
  2. Robert A Cheke, Clive F Mann, Richard Allen (2001). Sunbirds: A Guide to the Sunbirds, Flowerpeckers, Spiderhunters and Sugarbirds of the World. Helm Identification Guides
  3. Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Bagan Datuk, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Mangrove forest

Date: 10th September 2020

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

 

 

Cattle Egret – plumage

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Over the years I have observed Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis coromandus) in non-breeding plumage around the November to February period. Breeding plumage is seen from March onwards, especially in April when I have observed them breeding locally. Today I saw two solitary birds, at two different locations, about 5-6 km apart; one in established breeding plumage, the other in non-breeding plumage. They were a little unusual in that they were not part of any social group, as these birds are often seen together.

 

Cattle Egret in breeding plumage

Note that the usual yellow facial skin has turned purple-pink with the area around the eye a deeper blue. The proximal half of the bill turned rich orange-red while the distal end is a richer orange-yellow. The usual yellow-orange iris is turning red. The legs have turned a dark pink-red. The orange in the head, neck and back have developed, especially the back plumes. Note that peak breading changes that happen at mating are iris blood red (or blood-shot) iris and a deepening of facial skin colours. Maddock suggests that breeding or courtship colours may be regained ‘after a few days’ if the first attempt fails.

Cattle Egret in breeding plumage.

Why this bird is in such a late stage of breeding appearance in December is uncertain. I have in the past posted birds in asynchronous (out of synch) breeding plumage during the breeding season and suggested they were first year birds. Perhaps hormonal surges occur erratically in some younger birds or that some birds retain breeding plumage for much longer?

Cattle Egret in non-breeding plumage.

Note that the yellow-orange beak, facial skin and iris. The legs are black. And the only plumage colour, apart from white, is a patch of light orange on the forehead.

Cattle Egret in non-breeding plumage.

References:

  1. Wells, D.R. (1999) The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 1 (Non-Passerines). Christopher Helm, London
  2. IUCN-SCC Heron Specialist Group: Heron Conservation: Cattle Egret; available here: https://www.heronconservation.org/herons-of-the-world/list-of-herons/cattle-egret/

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Open fields near limestone hills

Date: 28th December 2020

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

 

Proliferation of Dryas iulia on St. John’s Island, Singapore

Wong Kais was at St. John’s and Lazaru Islands on 3 December 2021. It was a cloudy day with occasional gusts of wind. He noticed a proliferation of bright orange butterflies and decided to photograph them. Most of the photographs were taken on Lazarus Island where Tridax procumbens (coat buttons or tridax lily) and Asystasia gangetica (Chinese violet or coromandel) were in flower. They were also seen feeding on lantanas in other parts of Lazarus and St. John’s Islands.

Dryas iulia is also known as the Julia butterfly and Julia Heliconian.  It belongs to the Nymphalidae family, also nick-named the brush-footed butterfly for the short pair of front legs which are heavily covered with hairs. They are native to Brazil, Florida and Southern Texas.  The species is known to have been introduced to Thailand and spread to Malaysia. They were first seen in Hort Park, Singapore in June 2021, according to documentations in Butterflycircle Facebook.

Photo 1. Dryas iulia with wings spread out and the characteristic markings clearly displayed. Dorsal view.
Photo 2. Another view of the wings displayed. Dorsal view.
Photo 3. Hairs on the dorsal side of the head. The compound eyes are clearly visible on either side of the head.
Photo 4. Markings on wings, ventral view. A light red line is seen on the leading edge of fore wings. A red patch is also visible on the wing.
Photo 5. The red line and patch on the wings are clearly visible. Ventral view.
Photo 6. The dark line markings on the fore wings, dorsal view.
Photo 7. Dark patterns on edge of posterior edge of wings, dorsal view.
Photo 8. Dark markings on posterior edge of wings, dorsal view.
Photo 9. Ventral view of Dryas iulia feeding on Tridax procumbens.
Photo 10. Another ventral view of Dryas iulia feeding on Tridax procumbens.
Photo 11. Angled perspective of Dryas iulia feeding on Tridax procumbens. The thin proboscis is bent perpendicularly to collect nectar.
Photo 12. Tridax procumbens flowers and 2 Dryas iulia flitting between flowers.
Photo 13. Feeding on Asystasia gangetica.
Photo 14. Dryas iulia obtaining nectar from Asystasia gangetica.
Photo 15. Dorsal view of Dryas iulia feeding on Asystasia gangetica.
Photo 16. Two Dryas iulia butterflies mating. They remained in this position and were unperturbed by disturbances around them.
Photo 17. Remnants of wings seen after a momentary glimpse of a gecko that darted away.

The photographer did not notice any caterpillars on day of photography.

 

Article by Teo Lee Wei

Asian Brown Flycatcher – frugivorous behaviour

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Continue to observe the Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) fruit feeding and have numerous observations now. The commonest fruit that I have seen taken is the Blue Mahang (Macaranga heynei) (below). Another reasonably common item is the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana). But I have also seen it take orange berries from an unknown jungle plant.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

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

Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

Date: 17th September 2018

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld

 

Fungus-growing termites (Macrotermes carbonarius) forage on bread

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These dark-coloured termites (Macrotermes carbonarius) live in mounds made of mud mixed with sand and are visible above ground. Tunnels and chambers which also extend below ground level house developing youngs which are at different instar stages. Termites have incomplete metamorphosis and thus the larvae moult a few times before reaching the adult stage.  Soldiers defend the nests and protect the workers which are foraging outside the nests. The workers chew on cellulosic materials like dried leaves, twigs and dead wood and bring these pre-masticated  materials back to the workers in the nests. Workers inside the nests cultivate fungi (Termitomyces spp.) inside the chambers. The fungi break down the partially chewed wood that foraging workers have collected.  The termites then obtain nutrients by feeding on this fungi pre-digested wood.

The termites throw fungal spores out of the mounds at periodic intervals.  Thus, a symbiotic relationship exists between cultivated fungi and termites. The basidiomycete fungi also produce fruiting bodies (a.k.a. mushrooms) which protrude outside the mounds and shed spores into the surroundings, dispersing the spores independently of the termites.

Photo 1. Soldiers and workers on the piece of bread.
Photo 2. Soldiers and workers busy at work on the piece of bread.
Photo 3. Workers collecting small pieces of bread while soldiers protect them.
Photo 4. A dense presence of soldiers and foraging workers.
Photo 5. View of a termite mound seen in vicinity of the termites seen above.
Photo 6. A closer view of the same termite mound above.
Soh Kam Yung contributed all the photos above and made this observation:
Fungus growing termites (Macrotermes carbonarius) spotted in the Hougang area on 16 Oct 2021. They are gathering from a loaf of bread found on the ground. I was expecting to see ants, so seeing termites instead was a bit of a surprise.
Read these posts about birds feeding on the alates (winged termites)
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Reference:

1.   https://wikitermes.fandom.com/wiki/Macrotermes_carbonarius

First winter Comparison: Tiger Shrike vs Brown Shrike

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First winter (or first autumn) Tiger Shrikes (Lanius tigrinus) can occasionally be confused with first winter Brown Shrikes (Lanius cristatus). Their habitat is different but overlaps; Tiger Shrikes preferring more forested areas and Brown Shrikes more open areas but have seen both in our overgrown urban garden.

First winter Tiger Shrikes tend to be more barred especially on the head and back cf Brown Shrikes (above). One feature that helps in the face (below) is the pale supercilium seen in first winter Brown Shrikes while the Tiger Shrikes tend to have an eye ring that is more prominent behind and below the eye.

Appreciate any opinions (especially, to confirm this is a first winter Tiger Shrike.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

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

Habitat: Fringe of primary jungle

Date: 15th October 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld.

 

26 Responses

  1. kris

    I just found a young dollarbird in the garden.. It seems to have left the nest too early and cannot fly yet. How am i to keep and feed it for a few days untill it can fly.???

  2. Iwan

    We have a small pond in our garden surrounded by trees and steep bedrock. The other day we saw a heron flying over and attempting to land – I guess to try to eat our small stock of fish. We managed to frighten it away before it landed, and have since installed trip wires around the pond in order to dissuade the bird. The amount of shelter around the pond means that a heron would have to land practically vertically. Does anyone know whether these birds have the agility to hover and land in this way, or do they always need a “glidepath” in order to land successfully?

  3. Khng Eu Meng

    Today, at the former Bidadari Cemetery, there was a buzz about a sighting of a Grey Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka). I heard some birders say this nightjar isn’t commonly seen in Singapore. After some hunting, we spotted it asleep on a tree branch, some 15 m above ground. This was rather interesting as my previous encounters with nightjars have been on either terra firma or on low branches.

    Is this perching so high up the tree normal or is it unusual? I have posted a photo of it on my Facebook Timeline: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151125012234135&set=a.108191464134.96538.617499134&type=1&theater

  4. Jess

    Bird Sanctuary At Former Bidadari Cementry

    1)Which is the best spot in Bidadari cemetery for bird watch?

    2)Where this bird usually resident at?

    3)What are some of the rare bird species that can be found at Bidadari?

    4)Where is the particular hot spot for the hornbills, eagles, kingfishers and some of the rare migratory bird?

    5)Which part of Bidadari are richest in it wildlife?

    6)Can you name me the 59 migratory bird species found?

  5. YC

    Why not search the website using the word ‘Bidadari’ to obtain the information you need. There should be sufficient info in past postings to satisfy you.

  6. Firdaus Razak

    Hai, I just want to ask did anybody had an experience bring bird from oversea via MasKargo? Did the bird will stress at high altitude?

  7. Chung Wah

    Hi, I am new to bird photography! Could anyone advise a good pair of binoculars to get for this hobby?

  8. Geam Liang

    I ‘acquired’ a female Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot 5 days ago – was in a public place when the bird flew overhead hit the wall and dropped right in front of me dazed. I picked it up, it appeared unhurt but could not sustain it’s flight. I have since constructed a fairly large ‘cage’ for it, about 4ft x 2fx x 2ft and placed it there last night. I temporarily placed her in a normal bird cage until I had completed the build.
    From what I have read up, it’s a fruit, seed and insect feeder and also nectar, flower buds. It’s doing as well as it can on bananas, papaya, jack-fruit (didn’t touch the grape) and seeds (black and white sunflower and other smaller ones). It loves to bathe so I’ve gotten it a tray and from what I read it’s important to keep things clean as it easily succumbs to infection.
    Does anyone else have any useful experience and sharing on it’s upkeep? I suspect this bird is an escapee – as far as I can read up, it’s not common, if at all, found in Georgetown, Penang where I am. I’m also not optimistic that it can survive if I were to set it free – assuming it can sustain it’s flight and not go crashing down and if there were dogs/cats around that would be the end of it.
    I can attach some pictures but not sure how to do this…
    thanks.

  9. Lee Chiu San

    The blue-crowned hanging parrot, even though very closely related to the lovebirds, is a nectar feeder. You would raise it the way you raise a lorikeet – which is a messy process. And because you are mixing batches of food for just one little bird, whereas I used to do it for about half a dozen pigeon-sized lorikeets each morning, I don’t know how you are going to get the portions down to manageable sizes. Anyway, here goes, with my recipe for feeding big lories. You can adjust the proportions down accordingly for your little bird.

    The staple diet would be a couple of slices of soft fruit (papaya, apple, grapes, even though I am surprised that you said the bird would not eat any) and a mixture of cooked rice sweetened with nectar mix.

    How to make nectar mix? Go to a pharmacy and get a can of food for invalids or infants. I use Complan, but I am sure any good baby formula would do. I usually make up enough to fill a beer mug, but there is no way you need that amount for a day’s feeding. If in doubt, make the mixture thinner, not thicker. Birds cannot digest baby formula that is too thick. If it is too thin, they simply have to consume more to get the required amount of energy. Then to this mug, add half a teaspoonful of rose syrup. Also stir in about a cup of cooked rice, well mashed up.

    In the case of your bird, I suggest that you pour this lot into an ice-cube tray, freeze the mixture, and defrost one cube to feed it each day.

    Now, you said that this bird eats sunflower seeds. This is most unusual for a blue-crowned hanging parrot. Are you sure that this is actually the species you have? Could it be possible that you have actually got a pet lovebird that escaped? There are so many different artificially-created breeds of lovebirds in so many colours that you might have been mistaken.

    If you actually have a lovebird, feeding is much simpler. Just go to the nearest pet shop, buy a packet of budgerigar or cockatiel seed of a reputable international brand, and offer it to the bird. You can supplement this with a couple of slices of fruit each day, and that will be all. Plus of course fresh water and a piece of cuttlefish bone to nibble on.

  10. Lee Chiu San

    About nectar feeding birds. I forgot to add that feeding nectar is messy, and it goes rancid very quickly in our tropical weather. Feeding containers have to be removed and thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day. The birds also splatter the mixture and wipe their beaks on perches and the bars of the cage. All my lories and lorikeets used to be housed in outdoor aviaries which were hosed down daily.

    If Geam Liang does not think the bird will survive if released, I really hope that it is a case of mistaken identity, and that you have a lovebird, rather than a blue-crowned hanging parrot. In our part of the world, all available lovebirds are domestically bred, take to captivity readily, and are easy to feed with commercially available seed mixtures. Yes, and being domestic pets, they would not survive if released.

  11. Geam Liang

    Thank you Chiu San for your inputs. Thus far, bananas and papayas work well. I’m not sure why it did not take to grapes – will try again. Am I supposed to peel it? I didn’t the last time, basically skewered a couple of grapes to a satay stick and positioned it as I did for the sliced and skinned papaya and peeled bananas.
    I have yet to try rice and certainly not nectar but will try out your concoction – have half a mind to go to a pet shop to see if they carry nectar for birds. The ice-cube freeze method is a good one, will try that. I might be mistaken on the sunflower seeds… not touched but it did eat the much smaller roundish, mixed colored seeds. Will remove the sunflower seeds.
    I’m sure it’s a female blue crowned hanging parrot.. it sleeps like a bat every night.

  12. Lee Chiu San

    When feeding local birds which are unfamiliar with imported fruits such as grapes, it helps to split the fruits to expose the edible parts. As to your remark that the bird sleeps hanging upside down like a bat, yes, that is the way blue-crowned hanging parrots sleep.

  13. Geam Liang

    Thanks… I need to think like a bird – yup. She has probably not seen a grape much less know that it’s edible, unless the previous owner has fed her with grapes… even then… Today she’s done pretty well making the most of the banana and all of the papaya plus quite a bit of seeds. Will try the baby food + mashed rise + rose syrup.
    Will regular honey do instead of rose syrup?
    Thanks.

  14. Lee Chiu San

    About making nectar to feed birds. Most aviculturalists do not use honey for two reasons: 1. It is expensive and does not seem to give any added benefits. 2. Honey is made by bees, and the composition varies wildly. Some honeys are also known to cause fungal infection in birds.

    If you do not want to buy a huge bottle of rose syrup just for one tiny bird, there are cheaper alternatives. The first is plain table sugar, though most don’t seem to like it very much.

    What many birds will accept quite readily as a sweetener is condensed milk – the type with sugar that coffee shop owners use.

    Many, many birds have a sweet tooth (or should I say sweet beak?) Besides the usual suspects of lories, lorikeets, sunbirds and hummingbirds, for whom it is an essential part of the diet, nectar mixture is readily consumed by mynahs, leafbirds, fairy bluebirds, barbets, doves, parrots of all kinds, and a whole host of other species.

  15. Geam Liang

    I tried the condensed mild, placed in in a small bottle cap.. only the ants showed interest. Am I supposed to dilute it? I didn’t =( I took you advice and refrained from honey. Have yet to find Rose Syrup from the shelves of TESCO… will try to mix the baby food + mashed rise + rose syrup/sugar syrup this week…

  16. David Thackray

    Can anyone help me identify a bird I saw in Singapore last week. Size of a smakll dove or thrush. Dark metallic back. Grey breast with red throat, chest.

  17. Emily Koh

    Lately I bought a bird feeder which I fill with 4parts water n 1 part white sugar. Sunbirds come regularly to drink and they are really lovely to watch. May I know if it is bad for them to feed on this? Previously they would sometimes pierce and drink from my potted flowers

  18. Emily Koh

    Lately I bought a bird feeder which I fill with 4parts water n 1 part white sugar. Sunbirds come regularly to drink and they are really lovely to watch. May I know if it is bad for them to feed on this? Previously they would sometimes pierce and drink from my potted flowers.

  19. Mahadevi Bhuti

    One of best souce for the bird watcher’s enjoying knowledge about ornithology

  20. Martin Nyffeler (PhD)

    Dear Sir / Dear Madame,

    I am a Senior Lecturer in Zoology at a University in Switzerland and I urgently need to get in touch with photographer Chan Yoke Meng, who takes beautiful photographs of birds near Singapore. Would you please mail me the email address of this photographer!

    Thanks,
    Martin

  21. Wee Ming

    Hello Besgroup,

    Trust this email finds you well. We chance upon your photograph on your website and found the amazing image of the Laced Woodpecker and durians. We would like to explore the possibility of getting permission to use them for a new Bird Park in Singapore.

    Spacelogic is a company based in Singapore and we have been contracted by Mandai Park Development to carry out design and build works relating to the exhibition interpretive displays in this new Bird Park.

    Some background of the new Mandai Bird Park project; it will build upon the legacy of the Jurong Bird Park – https://www.wrs.com.sg/en/jurong-bird-park.html by retaining and building upon a world-reference bird collection and creating a place of colour and joy for all visitors. The new Bird Park will have a world-reference ornithological collection displayed in a highly immersive way with large walk-through habitats. To enhance visitors’ experience with storyline and narrative of the bird park, transition spaces are added to display exhibits that provide a varied type of fun, intuitive, interactive and educational experiences for all visitors. One of the habitats features the Laced Woodpecker on a flora panel It is in this flora panel that we are seeking your permission to feature the Laced Woodpecker. We are looking to use the first image on the link here.
    Link can be found here: https://besgroup.org/2012/06/28/laced-woodpecker-and-durians/

    We would like to ask if this is something that we can explore further and if yes, how can we go about with putting through a formal permission request. Thank you so much for considering our request and we look forward to hearing from you.

    Warmest Regards,
    Wee Ming
    SPACElogic Pte Ltd

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