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Little Grebe – behaviour

on 25th January 2016

“I was watching this Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) in the rain and managed to document this behaviour that I have seen previously.

“On this occasion it happened twice. The bird comes to the shallow end of the pond and rapidly lifts itself backwards, simultaneously ruffling the feathers and ‘twirling’ or shaking itself. It then falls forwards and the feathers generally settle down. The entire activity (see composite below) happens in less than a second; sequential images taken at 6 frames per second.

“There are no other grebes or birds around. It appears to me to be some sort of preening or stretching activity. As I have alluded to much earlier, the birds in our region are always in breeding plumage.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
16th January 2016

Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with extensive pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming

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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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