Common Iora – male and female

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Male Common Iora.

Although the Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia horizoptera) is common, just as its name implies, it never fails to delight.

Female Common Iora.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming

Date: 2nd January 2019

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

 

Lineated Barbet – prey for young

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I observed a Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata hodgsoni) that was nesting, hunting for prey for the juveniles. It explored the crown of a Sea Almond Tree (Terminalia catappa) and inspected under a number of the leaves; managed to get a large insect (see inset) for the young. I am unsure of ID of this insect.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Urban environment

Date: 21st May 2020

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR IF-ED

 

Buff-breasted Babbler

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I heard the Buff-breasted Babbler (Trichastoma tickelli tickelli) at a number of locations but spotting this under-growth specialist was tough. Rarely shows itself, and that in dark environments (image ISO 5,000-10,000).

The classical calls are easily identified once learnt and an audio recording, waveform and sonogram are shown below.

Calls are described as “pii-tiyu” or “pii-tyu” by Wells 2007 (below).

Also see: Wells, D.R., P. Andrew & A.B. van den Berg. 2001. Systematic notes on Asian birds. 21. Babbler jungle: a reevaluation of the ‘pyrrogenys’ group of Asian pellorneines (Timaliidae). Zool. Verh. Leiden 335, 10.xii.2001: 235-254, figs 1-2.— ISSN 0024-1652 (available online).

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Fraser’s Hill, Pahang, Malaysia

Habitat: 1300 m ASL, primary montane jungle

Date: 19-20th November 2018

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

 

Yellow Wagtail – making sense

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Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava) have such diversity, are fascinating and have been split by some authorities into Western Yellow Wagtail and Eastern Yellow Wagtail with numerous subspecies (with mitochondrial and DNA evidence). Seeing them when not in breeding plumage adds to the challenge of making a more precise field identification. Leaving aside the split into Western and Eastern Yellow Wagtails, four subspecies are said to migrate to the Malay Peninsula (see Wells 2007, based on work by Alstrom & Mild). Key features in breeding adults summarised include:

  1. 1. M. f. tschutschensis – the predominant species (90%) with a clear, full-length white supercilium, grey to black ear coverts, grey cap.
  2. M. f. taivana – least common, dark cap with a yellow supercilium.
  3. M. f. thunbergi – not common, with a dark cap (darkening further on forehead), a short or absent white supercilium behind the eye, a possible necklace of darkish flecks across the upper breast.
  4. M. f. macronyx – not common, like M. f. thunbergi but no darkening on forehead and no dark necklace across the upper breast (macronyx and thunbergi are not generally safely separable in the field).

Some Yellow Wagtails allow a closer approach and offer good views/images. I am going to offer two such birds and ask for opinions; failing which we’ll just call them ‘Yellow Wagtails’. I have framed some questions for myself for thinking. I am also using good work/descriptions by Bot et al 2014: Sander Bot, Dick Groenendijk & H Herman van Oosten. Eastern yellow wagtails in Europe: identification and vocalisations. Dutch Birding 36: 295-311, 2014 (available online).

Is this a Western Yellow Wagtail & Eastern Yellow Wagtail? (I see no reason why the Western Yellow Wagtail species could not occasionally migrate to our region). In this first bird (top) there is a relatively long hind claw; see below. Bot et al 2014 states “In both eastern yellow wagtail and Citrine Wagtail the hind claw is on average longer than in western taxa but there is considerable overlap (table 2). Thus, when a yellow wagtail in Europe shows a long hind claw (plate 403) this is an indication, but not proof, of eastern origin.” I know I am not in Europe but this is an additional useful feature in the field to help distinguish Eastern from the possible occasional Western Yellow Wagtail.

Is it a first winter bird?

Initially I considered this to be a first winter – there was some suggestion of a gape. I am not good with moulting or unmoulted juvenile-type feather in wing coverts; so cannot comment there. But the bird has a more brown-and-yellow plumage rather than the grey-and-white plumage that can be seen in some first winter birds (Bot et al 2014 states that in “M. f. tschutschensis, one-third to almost half of all first-winter are grey-and-white”. Aymí 1995 & Alström et al 2003 state that “Grey-and-white birds are often females”). Also the nice patch of yellow on the throat with dabs of yellow on belly and sides of breast so early in migration suggest an adult. But there is no yellow in undertail-coverts. Appreciate opinions.

Which sub-species is this? 

A daunting identification when seen outside their breeding areas and in non-breeding plumage. However the prominent supercilium supports either M. f. tschutschensis or M. f. taivana. No calls were heard to offer support.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Malim Nawar, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Ex-mining pools, fish farming, wetlands

Date: 2nd November 2018

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

 

 

White-rumped Shama – juvenile

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Met my second set of White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus mallopercnus) juveniles this week at different locations. This pair was accompanied by a single adult female.

One of the juveniles was self-feeding and looked like a young male from the moult; the other was being fed by the adult female and was more immature in plumage.

All images are of the presumed juvenile male. The above image shows the bird foraging in the dense leaf litter for worms and invertebrates.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

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

Habitat: Primary jungle

Date: 16th July 2019

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

 

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

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Watched a Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus) today and was first alerted to its presence by the classical metallic notes it makes; rendered by various sources differently but sounds like a beep, beep, beep to me. Chestnut-winged Cuckoos are said not to make calls while on migration (Wells 1999; Erritzøe, Mann, Brammer, Fuller, Cuckoos of the World 2012). Although this is general true, however there appear to be exceptions:

  1. On a visit to Sandakan, Sabah (Borneo) on 1st May 2016, I heard this bird calling out in the night outside my chalet near the Rain-forest Discovery Center, Sepilok (bird not seen). Similar behaviour has been reported from the Philippines (Cuckoos of the World 2012).
  2. T. Ramesh has a recording of these metallic notes on Xeno-Canto on February 2019 at Serangoon Island, Singapore (https://www.xeno-canto.org/454567). He notes that another bird was seen in the vicinity when this call was recorded.
  3. Peter Boesman has a recording of the fast, grating “critititit” calls (Cuckoos of the World 2012) on February 2017 at Lower Kinabatangan River, Sabah (Borneo) (https://www.xeno-canto.org/359647). He notes that “Three birds responding vigorously to my whistled imitation of their song”.
  4. My experience today…

Today I heard these calls three times over 15-20 minutes. I believe I may have triggered an extension of the calls as I whistled an imitation of the calls. I also heard the guttural “critititit” calls twice but do not have a recording of them.

The classical metallic ‘beep, beep, beep’ calls made today were often as 3 notes (occasionally 2), given rapidly over 1 second. They were repeated 2-5 seconds apart and are of high frequency (16 kHz). A sonogram and waveform are shown above and a call recording is here: https://www.xeno-canto.org/617306

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Ex-mining pools & fruit farming next to limestone outcroppings

Date: 25th 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 Shortwing

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Lesser Shortwings (Brachypteryx leucophris wrayi) are really tough birds to watch or image.

I waited quite some time and had a number of images but all were of limited quality due to lighting.

The bird can move very quietly in the undergrowth but has loud calls. The images of the first two males from the top seem to be in moult.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: 1,800m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Habitat: Dark gully/stream, primary jungle

Date: 24th 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

 

 

 

Lesser Cuckooshrike – frugivory

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I saw a female Lesser Cuckooshrike (Lalage fimbriata culminate) feeding today on the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) fruit. I have observed this species feed on this fruit a number of times. I also saw it feeds on a Cicada-like insect.

Wells (2007) says of my region that “No record of fruit-eating in this area”. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (2020) states “Food mainly insects, ….. and some fruit and seeds taken”. I also found a frugivory episode on Macaranga bancana fruit documented by Wong Chor Mun on August 2007 at Hutan Lipur Sungei Perdik, Ulu Langat, Selangor

The above image shows the iris well – red-brown in adults.

 

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

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

Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

Date: 23rd January 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

 

Little Cormorant – growing flock sizes

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The Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) used to be uncommon migrant to Peninsular Malaysia.

A summary of some observations over time:

  1. For the 1980s Wells (1999) states of them: “handful of sightings on the Malaysian West-Coast…”.
  2. In 2007 & 2009 sightings in Langkawi, Kedah as wells as 2007 in Bidor, Perak (Source: A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore by Allen Jeyarajasingam).
  3. In 2009 sighting at Marang River, Terengganu (Source: Malaysian Nature Society-Bird Conservation Council Records Committee, 2000-2013).
  4. In 2011 Lim Kim Chye & Lim Swee Yian saw a single bird in Taiping, Perak.
  5. In 2012 Connie Khoo, Eve Tung & I saw a single bird for an extended migration period (2012-2013) in the Tambun Interior ex-mining pool area, Ipoh, Perak.
  6. On 10th August 2013 I reported 12 migratory birds in one extended wetlands location near Malim Nawar, Perak
  7. On a number of occasions (5 episodes from February 2014 to May 2015) I have seen them collect nesting material. I had identified the nesting site but this has since been destroyed by mal-development.

The “A Checklist of the birds of Malaysia Dec 2016(v2)” lists the Little Cormorant as a rare migrant to the peninsular. However those of us in Perak have seen growing numbers of resident birds throughout the year, often flocks of 20-30 resident birds. Chiu Sein Chiong posted a video earlier this year (February 2018) of 40-50 birds at Malim Nawar wetlands site. Yesterday I saw a minimum of 90 birds at the same site; possibly as high as 120 (some were airborne, other feeding, others at other locations – I only counted those that were feeding in the water at one site). The resident birds are supplemented by migrants and possibly birds born locally.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Malim Nawar, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Ex-mining pools, fish farming, wetlands

Date: 2nd November 2018

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

 

Everett’s White-eye: Food items and contact calls

“Wells (2007) mentions that, for my region, the diet of this bird, Everett’s White-eye (Zosterops everetti tahanensis) is ‘hardly known’ but ‘behaves as a generalist’. I am taking the opportunity of watching them at the fruiting Common Macaranga (Macaranga bancana) to summarise some of my feeding observations over the years. This species has a large diet, with much still undocumented.

Fruit Feeding
1. Large flocks (40-50) will visit fruiting Macaranga bancana to feed on the small fruit (swallowed whole).
2. I have seen them feed on the black seeds and orange stalks (arils) of the Acacia mangium trees (the birds take both the arils and seeds).
3. Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea)
4. Blue Mahang (Macaranga heynei)
5. Rough Trema (Trema tomentosa)
6. Orange berries in the highlands (not Ficus)
7. Ficus fruit
8. A number of other unidentified fruiting trees

Nectar
1. Bottlebrush trees (Callistemon)
2. Eucalyptus sp.
3. Feed on the flowers of Poikilospermum suaveolens to get to the nectar

Animal Prey
1. Caterpillars and small larvae
2. Unidentified winged insects
3. Feeding on ants (the ants were eaten and not used for ‘anting’)
4. Often seen foraging for insects and larvae
5. They are also a common participant of highlands mixed-foraging parties (bird waves) where they forage for insect prey.

“The 3 images above, show the birds feeding at the fruiting Macaranga bancana. The birds will go to great lengths to get the fruit with acrobatics and fluttering to reach less accessible fruit. They are also both intraspecific and interspecific competition for the fruit.

“The waveform and sonogram above show the calls made by the Everett’s White-eye (Z. e. tahanensis) at a fruiting Macaranga bancana. The call recording is HERE. As there is a flock of 40-50 actively feeding, they call out almost constantly, in large numbers. I am not able to edit out the rushing stream that is nearby. The sonogram (ignore basal stream noise) shows the sharp spikes/peaks of these contact calls.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
12-20th December 2019

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Broken trail in primary jungle

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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