Landing a Brahminy Kite in the Andaman

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Stephen Lau and his fishing buddies were in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands some four years ago. This is a great fishing safari destination and they were there to fish. But instead of the large sea water fish, they landed … Continued

Yellow-vented Bulbul: Drying after the rain?

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Lena Chow made an interesting observation on Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) at Aljunied Park, Singapore one day in June 2006: “…after a heavy downpour they fly out of a spot in the treetop for about 2 metres and immediately fly … Continued

Excitement around the TV aerial

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Television aerials are always mounted on the roof of houses or at the top of high-rise blocks for best reception. As such, they are found at the highest point of any location, whether a cluster of low-lying houses or a … Continued

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

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

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