on 10th May 2014

“At mid-day on 27th March 2014, I had the opportunity to feast my eyes on some bathing beauties near a river mouth in Singapore. A few Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) had arrived at the scene and began to immerse themselves in the warm, shallow waters (above).

“The preliminary soaking was soon followed by vigorous flapping of wings, creating quite a splash (above, below). Each bath lasted approximately five minutes from start to finish.

“A video clip of the bathing Whimbrel may be previewed below.

“After having a splashing good time, the visibly refreshed Whimbrels would then begin to preen themselves (below).

At times, the Whimbrel may be observed to obtain some preen oil from its uropygial gland (below).

This would then be systematically applied to its feathers with the help of its long bill (below).

A video clip of the preening Whimbrel may be previewed below.

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
17th April 2014

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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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