25 June 2014

Young eagle strangled by fishing net

Natalia Huang sadly reported a White-bellied Sea-eagle juvenile carcass was found on the ground below an active nest along Pasir Ris Drive 3 in SLA land, on 24 Jun.
Photo by Natalia Huang.
It died by what appears to be strangulation by a fishing net.
Photo by Natalia Huang.
A Singapore filming company came across it while filming a wildlife documentary for Channel News Asia, which includes a segment on the sea-eagle.

On the active nest were two adults and one juvenile which looked to be about 10 weeks old (according to Simon Cherriman, the visiting eagle biologist). From photos, the nest looks like it is in an Albizia tree, common for the species. Simon estimates that the juvenile eagle was about 6 weeks old when it died.
Photo by Syafiqah Omar
The bones and feathers were passed to David Tan who is studying Singapore's birds. The remains will eventually be lodged at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. If you spot any dead animals, please do alert the museum via this link http://lkcnhm.net/dead-wildlife/
Photo by Syafiqah Omar
This is a sad encounter. And unfortunately, not the first time. The Bird Ecology Study Group has reports about similar incidents in the past.

But a reminder that we have wild eagles and we need to learn more and do more to protect them.

Learn more at the talk on Filming Eagles by Simon Cherriman on 28 Jun (Sat)!

Excited about eagles? Curious about making wildlife documentaries? Come meet Simon Cherriman, an enthusiastic Australian biologist who is in Singapore to film eagles.
He has been studying wedge-tailed eagles for many years, climbing trees to watch them since he was a young boy. He is a blogger, nature guide, researcher (recently satellite tracking eagles), film maker, environmental consultant, and children's educator. He's also a fantastic human being. His efforts led to him being awarded the Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year in 2010. At this session, we will screen Simon's short film about wedged-tailed eagles in Australia, and follow with an open Q&A session with Simon.

All are welcome!

The event is free but pre-registration is required so we can notify you if there are any changes to the event. Register online here.

This event is brought to you by the Bird Group, Nature Society (Singapore).

Time: 5.00 - 6.30pm
Venue: Level 1, Conference Room, Tanglin Block, Tanglin International Centre, 354 Tanglin Road S(247672)
Simon's website: www.simoncherriman.com
Contact: Natalia at natalia@ecologymatters.com.sg

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