The Western Barn Owl is an uncommon resident owl in Singapore. The painting by Edward Lear also depict this bird with a background of man-made structure, precisely where they are normally found in Singapore too.
The Black Kite is an uncommon migrant to Singapore. The subspecies found in Singapore is lineatus and is sometimes split into a new species called the Black-eared Kite.
The Common Kestrel is a rather uncommon bird in Singapore and is considered a rare migrant. It is nicely illustrated here holding on to a caught mouse., which is one of their main diet. It has been observed in Singapore hovering over open fields searching for prey, presumably small mammals like mice.
The Peregrine Falcon exist both as a migrant and a rare resident in Singapore since the subspecies that migrate differs from the subspecies that is local. Regardless of the subspecies, it is reputed to be the fastest animal in the world. It has to be fast, as its main prey are other fast moving birds.
The Common Buzzard is an uncommon winter migrant to Singapore. A few are quite regularly sighted at the perimeter of the Changi Airport runway. The ones found in Singapore are likely to be split off into different species in the future and called differently.
The Short-toed Snake Eagle is a rare passage migrant to Singapore, although in 2013 there have been two separate sightings in Tuas and over Jelutong Tower.
The Western Osprey is a can be found the whole year around in Singapore, although numbers increase greatly during winter months due to some birds migrating southwards. It is a fish-eating bird of prey, found mainly near the coast.
In the drawing, the eagle is simply called the Spotted Eagle. Subsequent findings have split this into the Greater and Lesser Spotted Eagle. In Singapore, the Greater Spotted Eagle is an uncommon passage migrant.
Simply called the Eagle Owl then, the Eurasian Eagle Owl is the one bird that is not found in Singapore. Included here as it is widely held that this drawing is one of the iconic one done by Edward Lear.
Edward Lear was a 19th century English author and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularised. 564 more words
A flash from the past – Tirana’s Bazaar in 1848. A man tries to paint as a whirling dervish “Twirled about, and performed many curious antics, he frequently advanced to me, shaking a long hooked stick, covered with jingling ornaments…232 more words