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Osprey in comfort behaviour

on 16th January 2011

Goh Pei Hao sent in a set of images of the Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) that he photographed on the afternoon (around 1430 hours) of 15th December 2010 at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (below left).

The Osprey was indulging in comfort behaviour, defined as activities to increase the physical comfort of the bird. Such activities include preening, oiling, head scratching and bathing in water, leaf and sand. These are specifically maintenance activities to keep the feathers in top performance.

Stretching of the wings to give a so-called “angel” pose (above right) is believed to help the bird tone the muscles and stimulate blood circulation. Fanning of wing and tail feathers possibly help to air them (below).

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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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