Grey Wagtail confronts its reflection

on 17th March 2010

“On my morning walk today I saw this bird (Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea) waging battle with its reflection on the window of a house. The owner of the house was watching the show and he said that this bird had been doing this for the last week or so. The bird, between battle attacks would rest on a ledge of the building and then fly up to the windowpane again. Occasionally it would fly down to the stream running by the house and feed. Each battle lasted about 5 to 10 seconds.”

Ganesh Mani Pradhan & Son
West Bengal, India
12th March 2010

Check out our various posts on birds and their reflections, birds confronting their reflections seen on the side mirror of a car or collision with a window.

This post was received through Sumit K Sen of Birds of India, Kolkata, India who sent it to KC Tsang. Image by Ganesh Mani Pradhan & Son.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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