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red junglefowl curry

[Photo of Red Junglefowl by Nick Baker] Last week I posted a comment on the Bird Ecology Study Group website, a fantastic site dedicated to bird behaviour in Singapore and Malaysia, in response to a post about red junglefowls (gallus gallus). Formerly confined to Pulau Ubin, this rare ancestor of the domesticated chicken (which therefore [...]

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Happy Hornbills

[Photographer unknown / image taken from The Star Online] Happy New Year! We had the perfect start to 2011 with an early morning visit from three Oriental Pied Hornbills. I’ve only ever seen one hornbill in the garden in the ten years I’ve lived here. These three were just magnificent. Despite their size and ungainly [...]

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This morning I had to yank Olive off a footpath before she was mown down by a victoria crowned pigeon from New Guinea which was being chased by a lemur from Madagascar which was itself being pursued by an angry spotted whistling duck from Australia. Like a scene from the movie Jumanji, this procession of [...]

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penguins, puffins and pelicans

Olive and I spent a wonderful Saturday morning at the bird park. Concerned that one of the pelicans was sitting alone on land instead of joining its friends in the lake, Olive announced: “Pelican cannot swim, pelican no swimming costume.” At the penguin pool, Olive was more interested in looking for sharks and, unimpressed by [...]

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Last weekend I followed a dozen Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) birders, led by Sutari bin Supari (aka Malay pot-bellied laughing thrush), to Tanjung Tuan on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia to witness the annual raptor migration from Sumatra to Malaysia. This being my first overseas NSS trip, I was somewhat anxious to find [...]

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the first black baza sighting of winter

[Photo of a black baza by zzlaloq] In England I used to listen out for the first cuckoo of the year, which heralds the arrival of Spring; in Singapore I eagerly await the arrival of the first flocks of black bazas, which for me is a reminder that Christmas is just around the corner. Black [...]

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