Oriental Honey-buzzard loses its balance

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“Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) is quite common and can be seen in many part of Singapore during migratory period (above right).

“I saw one in Pasir Ris last week in a windy morning. This buzzard perched quite high up on the tree. Since it was quite windy, the tree swayed from time to time. This buzzard must have lost her balance while trying to jump to a higher branch.

“The buzzard used her feathers (primaries) to gain back the balance. I believe this has caused the feathers to wear faster.

“The buzzard managed to jump to a higher branch at last. ”

Samson Tan
Singapore
13th February 2012

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