“It was a warm afternoon on 31st August 2015, and some Blue-throated Bee-eaters (Merops viridis) sought relief from the heat with quick dips upon the surface of a nearby pond. Returning to their shady perch on a rain tree, they began to preen themselves fastidiously (above).
“The preening session was punctuated with occasional stretching of the wings and tail (above).
“Video clips of them engrossed in feather maintenance may be previewed here:
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
10th January 2016