Have you ever wonder where do birds go when it rains? We would assume they take shelter somewhere? But where?
Has anyone documented these birds taking shelter somewhere? Not just one or a few birds but large flocks taking shelter? Just like birds roosting? But then photographers and birdwatchers also take shelter when it rains, thus missing the opportunity to track the birds. James Heng is one birdwatcher who managed to provide part of the answer years ago.
This afternoon I saw a male Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) perching on a semi exposed branch during a light rain (above). Maybe because it was not raining heavily that this it stayed soaking up the rain drops for at least half an hour.
The raindrops fell onto its plumage and soaked its fluffed breast feathers. The pink feathers on the nape and neck that characterise the male of the species were disheveled. On and off it shook off excess water from its feathers. At intervals, it indulged in preening (above).
In another tree nearby there were a handful of these green-pigeons perching on the periphery of the tree crown, their neck feathers showing signs of wetness (above). However, the green-pigeons here remained for only a few minutes before flying off.
Above is a video clip of the Pink-necked Green-pigeon soaking up raindrops.
31st December 2017