“On the morning of 7th December 2012, a lone Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes) was perched atop a bare branch in Perak, Peninsular Malaysia (below).

“As the sun climbed above the horizon, it began to preen itself at a leisurely pace (below).

“In the midst of its preening session, there was a brief pause when it stretched its wings (below).

“The conclusion of its prolonged preening routine (lasting about 40 minutes) was punctuated by the stretching and fanning out of its tail feathers (below).

A brief video clip of its preening behaviour may be previewed below:”:

Subaraj Rajathurai & Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
19th December 2012

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