Cattle Egret’s association with a horse

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromundus) is so-called because of its close association with cattle. As the cattle move, they stir up the insects allowing the egret to pounce on them. In the absence of cattle, the egret stay close to water buffaloes LINK.

Now, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS has documented the Cattle Egret’s association with a horse at a semi-urban location in a limestone hill area at Tambun, in Perak, Malaysia. This image was taken on 11th August 2012.

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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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