I enjoyed reading the preparational resources that have been put up by the BFF team prior to the birdwatch. As someone new to birdwatching I liked how it comprehensively covers multiple ways of identifying a bird, inclusive of knowing its distinct calls! Although it takes awhile to be familiar with the materials, it is rewarding when you manage to spot and ID a new species of bird!
What I found challenging was the lack of a binoculars at home. Although you might hear the calls of a certain bird, its more exciting if you could see the bird in detail and observe its behaviours!
To suggest a few tips… it’s to invest in a good binocular! (going to heed my own advice haha) I think it would be a good investment for any type wildlife watching, not just birding (: I also found this website that I felt gave quite good tips such as following the Pareto Principle in birding, reading for inspiration and learning about the birding etiquette.
Here is the information on 3 species of birds I saw/heard:
- Feeds on flower nectar and small insects such as ants and spiders
- It drinks and bathe in water puddles found on plants (eg. at the base of Bird’s Nest Ferns)
- They re-use the same nest they have built seven times!
- Male offers small tokens to female during courtship
- They are perch-and-wait hunters who will wait patiently for a prey to appear
- They are known to be aggressive towards their own kind
- All populations of house crow are known to reside near humans
- Crows can eat over 1000 different food items, hence adapted to living in an urban environment
- Its scientific name, Corvus Splendens, means shining raven. It refers to the bird’s black and glossy plumage.
House Crow. (n.d.). Retrieved April 28, 2020, from http://animalia.bio/house-crow
Low, E. (n.d.). Olive-backed Sunbird. Retrieved April 28, 2020, from https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1512_2009-04-27.html
White-collared Kingfisher. (n.d.). Retrieved April 28, 2020, from https://seaworld.org/animals/facts/birds/white-collared-kingfisher/
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Nice drawings and descriptions of birds which are ubiquitous in our urban areas 🙂