“On the afternoon of 3rd September 2014, I was suddenly stranded in a shelter in a public park due to heavy rain. Despite the downpour, a White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) was undeterred and intently searching for food on the soggy ground (above).

“As the soil became saturated with rainwater, many soil-dwelling invertebrates, such as worms and insects may be forced to the surface, offering a bounty of food items for the waterhen to feast on. In between foraging and feeding, the waterhen would also spend a few brief moments to preen itself (above, below).

“Video clips of the waterhen foraging (with some preening) may be previewed here:”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
24th September 2014

  1. hamesha

    i watched the first of these videos. it was delightful. i did not enjoy an earlier video of the waterhen bathing because of the loud music and absence of natural sounds.

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