The Circle of Life

Tim Plowden

13 min 25 secs



In Singapore the Oriental Pied Hornbill is so widespread, that it is hard to believe they only recolonized this tiny island city state recently. The popular hornbill is well adapted to the urban environment. Yet, the increasing reports of their nest predation behaviour are shifting the public perception of this urban icon. When an oriole nested in a tree at the back of Tim Plowden’s apartment, he set up a hide in his storeroom to document their breeding cycle. He was also hoping to unravel the mystery behind the nest predation. What he discovered was how adaptable wild birds have become in urban Singapore in order to survive and allow the circle of life to continue.