on 16th May 2015

“On 19th November 2014, I discretely documented a private moment in the life of a White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) from a quiet, concealed corner at a local pond.

“Under the notion that no one was watching it, the Waterhen let its guard down and waded into the inviting water till waist-deep (above).

“It then began the routine of flapping its wings vigorously onto the water surface (above, below), as well as dipping its head underwater.

“If you wish to take a peek at this bathing beauty frolicking freely in the water, a video clip may be previewed here:

“At the end of the bathing session, the waterhen appeared visibly refreshed and undeniably invigorated, just as we would after a cold shower!”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
27th April 2015

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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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