Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Bulbul's Frolic on Conifers

The Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) are regular visitors to my garden.  Berries, seeds and small fruits form their staple diet. They also sip nectar, nibble on tender leaves, and feed on some insects.


A Yellow Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) chirped happily in the sun under a floral canopy of deep pink Bougainvillea and orange Bauhenia kockiana.


It then flew off to a nearby Juniper (Blue Pine) and nestled in its pine needles. A deep pink Bougainvillea is in the foreground.

 
Inquisitive and curious.
This juniper which I've planted about twenty years ago appears to be reaching towards the sky.

 
Another Bulbul decided to perch on a newly pruned (second phase) Platycladus orientalis (Thuja Orientalis) and soaked in the sun. I pruned this tree as it was getting too thick, thus blocking the sun from the smaller shrubs below.
 

When it had enough of sun bathing it burrowed into the interior of the tree to enjoy the some cool shade.

This is the first stage pruning of the Platycladus orientalis (Thuja Orientalis). I normally pruned my shrubs and trees in stages as hard pruning can cause the plant to die. A trailing inflorescence of Bauhenia kockiana enticed birds to it.


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