Tan Tze Siong’s image of a Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea) with its mandibles gaped widely was photographed at the Chinese Garden in Jurong in August 2016 (below).
“I’m also not sure what it was doing. It was having a shower in the hot afternoon; it repeatedly lowered itself into the water while fluffing its wings. And right after that it stood up and opened its beak wide as photographed. It looked like retching but nothing was expelled. Thereafter it continued its shower!” wrote Tze Siong.
Tan Tze Siong
31st August 2016
1. According to Wildlife Consultant Subaraj Rajathurai, “It looks like it may have temporarily choked on something…”
2. Malaysian birder Dato Dr Amar-Singh HSS has this to say: “I agree with the person observing the bird – it looks like a ‘retching behavior’. This could imply: (1) it was choking and trying to get something out; (2) looks very much like the behavior of birds that eject pellets, but never heard of it in storks; or (3) finally consider that this could have been some form of rhynchokinesis HERE.