White-rumped Shama bathing in a forest stream

on 21st August 2019

“At about 1500 hours on 10th August 2019, I was at Venus Loop, Windsor Nature Park observing a Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) singing away and hopping from branch to branch. Just then I a lone White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus) decided to join in.

“Shortly after the Common Tailorbird took off, the White-rumped Shama flew across my path and perched on a branch just above the forest stream (above). Rather watchful, it looked to it’s right, left and front several times. In less than a minute, off it plunged into the stream for the much awaited bath (below).

“The video recorded the White-rumped Shama perched on a fallen branch, preening it’s feathers, right after it’s first dip into the pool (below). Subsequently, it went for a second round of splashing bath.

“This stream is frequented by the bulbul family. Olive-winged Bulbuls and Yellow-vented Bulbuls were seen enjoying their baths at the stream just before the White-rumped Shama.”

Ong Ei Leen
20th August 2019

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behaviour through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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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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