Tuesday, November 17, 2015

An Orange-eating Bulbul

The Yellow-vented Bulbuls eats berries and small fruits. They also sip nectar, nibble on young shoots, and take some insects.

I saw this Yellow Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) on a branch of the casuarina tree and decided to lure it closer to me for some near shots. 

Taking a leaf from a post by lronglim, I planted a sliced mandarin orange on the wall. It soon flew down and did not waste anytime indulging itself.

I placed the other half on the ground, but what appeared was a monitor lizard.

It ran off when I approached with my intruding lens.


Having satiated its apetite, the Bulbul flew up to a post to enjoy the view of the garden without any fear of predators.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hibiscus-seeking Bulbuls

Yellow Vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) love to visit Hibiscus plants, to partake of its sweet offerings or merely to perch and chill out.

To access the sweet nectar, the Bulbul will perch on the stem just behind the flower stalk. It then insert its beak into the base of the flower and drink long and hard.

  A red Hibiscus rosa sinensis from a bush in my garden.

When satiated, they like to perch on its stems and branches to soak in the filtered sunlight.

They often hang out in pairs. Male and females birds are  similiar in plumage.

Most of the time it is really easy to spot them as I have many Hibiscus plants. 

This bush was propagated from a cutting.

Its flowers point upwards while ... 

the flowers of this species (our national flower) point downwards.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Pair of Bulbuls on Balcony

This pair of Yellow Vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) was first spotted perched on a branch the Rangoon creeper.

They took turns to perch on the branch at a spot just above a clump of Alpinia purpurata (Red ginger torch) providing me with a nice photo finish :)
Sensing my presence, they then flew up to the glass balcony above.

This climbing variegated Bougainvillea Mrs Eva scales up two floors and spread out out on the glass balcony. 

It blooms continuously and at certain times of the year, it loses all its leaves and only displays its showy magenta flowers.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Nesting Spotted Dove

The Spotted Doves (Spilopelia chinensis) often nest in my garden. They are quite bold and are not too shy of human presence. 

I took a ladder and clambered to the top to take this photo. This one sat serenely atop its nest and simply ignored my intrusion. 

I was actually very close to it. The bird was merely inches away from my lens.

These were her two precious eggs - pristine white.

This is how the Spotted Dove accessed its nest, its tail a tell-tale sign of its domestic activities.

This is the Juniperus chinensis where the nest was lodged.

Bauhenia kockiana vine tends to be invasive. I kept it under control with constant pruning and shaping.

Nearby is this elegant casuarina tree is around twenty years old. Birds of all varieties love to perch on its branches.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rapeseed Fields and Meadows of Cork

On a visit to Cork last autumn, we decided to make a day trip to a nearby town, Kerry. Along the way from Kerry to Dingle, I captured the following images.

 A meadow with rapeseed field in the background.

   A sea of yellow 

Farmhouses punctuate the landscape.

Farm houses dot the checkered fields.

Livestock of grazing cattle and sheep.

A crow is part of the scene.

My daughter, Lorraine was busy with getting the best angles of the meadows. Incidentally she has hair to match the ripe wild raspberries borne on thorny branches.

Fushcia bushes used as hedges.

Quaint houses.

Autumn is coming.


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