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Tue 17 Jan 2006

Osprey feasting on fish at the Orchid Country Club

Category : nature

Mark Corea is an NUS biology graduate and the Horticulturist at Orchid Country Club. He is "looking after the flora at the Club but has the added bonus of enjoying the fauna about the place too." He writes:

"On Thursday morning (12 Jan 2006), I was excited to notice an Osprey perched on a Rain Tree (Samanea saman) branch, close to our Golf Buggy Bay. She didn't seem the least perturbed that I was standing a mere 15-20ft from her, nor by the frequent movements of buggies to and from the course.

I assumed she was sheltering from the rainy weather and indeed, she flew off an hour and a half later when the rain subsided. I never thought I would see her again.

The next day (Fri 13 Jan 2006), I was pleasantly surprised to find that she had actually returned - this time with what looked like a Tilapia fish in her grip. She actually feasted on her catch for the better part of 2 hours! Some of us have it better with a longer lunch breaks you'd think :)

Enjoy this beauty!"

Thanks to Subaraj and ('Prof') Yeow Chin from the Bird Ecology Study Group for identifying her!" - Mark.

Note - Mark is not just referring to the osprey affectionately as "her," Subaraj confirmed the gender! Pandion haliaetus haliaetus is one of five subspecies of osprey. This subspecies "breeds in the Palearctic region (Europe, north Africa and in Asia, north of the Himalayas) and winters in south Africa, India and the East Indies." [ADW]. Some have suggested that "the geographically defined subspecies may be recognised as distinct species" [Wink et al., 2003 (conference paper)].

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