My bird garden

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My garden has been planted by birds – not totally, but partly. The birds brought the seeds and dropped them haphazardly. In most instances I allowed the plants to develop to maturity if they are not in the way of … Continued

Save our albizia trees

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Albizia (Paraserianthes falcataria) trees have been in the local news since the recent spate of tree falls that resulted in a number of people being injured and even killed – locally as well as in neighbouring Malaysia. As a result … Continued

Java Sparrow conservation

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The Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora) is indigenous to Java and Bali, from where it spread throughout the tropical world as a result of deliberate release and escape of captive birds (left). In its home country of Java, the highest concentration … Continued

Go, going, gone – My habitat

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The founding of Penang Island in the late 18th Century by Sir Francis Light marked the beginning of 171 years of British rule in Malaya. Province Wellesley on the mainland, named after Lord Wellesley, has always been made to feel … Continued

Tuas: Another wetland reclaimed

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On 2nd April 2007, Tang Hung Bun wrote: “Many of us have been to Tuas marshland for birding (above). While the number of dragonfly species seen there is less than that in the sedge ponds in Marina, there are some … Continued

Wildlife garden in a high-rise apartment

posted in: Conservation, Sunbirds | 8

“This week the Guttensohn’shome at Bukit Batok St 25 received a surprise guest (above). It’s just the kind of “squatter” we’ve been dreaming of. An Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) had chosen my “highrise garden” to build a home. My daughter … Continued