Ochraceous Bulbul bathing

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Roger Moo a.k.a. cactus400D was in Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia earlier this year when he heard noises at the bottom of the road at Verditer Corner. It was then about 1730 hours and the sky was getting dark and the noise of the forest was beginning to intensify.

Looking down, he was pleasantly surprised to see some birds having a great time bathing in the stream below. What caught his eyes was a pair of Ochraceous Bulbul (Alophoixus ochraceus) in the water. After dipping in the water to get the feathers wet, the bulbuls flew to a nearby branch where they shook off the water droplets and then preened themselves.

Even at this highland resort the weather was hot and the birds were obviously cooling in the water.

Image by Roger Moo.

This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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