Injured Purple Heron: Update

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Dr Chua Ee Kiam alerted birders to an injured Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) found in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in mid-October 2007. The lower jaw was torn and a piece of flesh was dangling from it. On 23rd November … Continued

Collared Kingfisher: Protective instinct

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Most birds will try their best to distract potential predators from their nests, usually by feigning injury as seen with the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) and Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus). The Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) has its very own … 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

Herons in flight

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It is a joy to witness herons taking flight. As the birds take off, they bend their legs as if crouching, then jump up into the air. As they do so, they open their large wings and begin flapping until … Continued

White-crested Laughingthrush and bananas

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“We first noticed, or actually heard, these White-crested Laughingthrushes (Garrulax leucolophus) about two years ago. Usually we only see these birds after a heavy downpour. They will come to our frangipani trees (Plumeria spp.) and take turns to forage on … Continued

Grey Heron – breeding

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“The UTAR [Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman] Campus at Kampar is a brilliant place to watch nesting/breeding herons. My wife and I went cycling there as well as to watch birds at the heronry. “The campus authorities are sensitive to the … Continued