Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Bulbul's Prized Catch of the Day

I spotted this Yellow Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) rustling admist the branches of the Hibiscus shrub with something in its beak. I quickly zoomed in and snapped a couple of shots. It was only when I zoomed in the camera for a preview that I realized that it was a young gecko or house lizard.

Hibiscus rosa sinensis 'Madeline Champion'
A young pale gecko was triumphantly displayed as its prized catch of the day.

It then flew with its bounty towards a Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium Nidus) that was attached to a Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda). The other epiphytic plant is an lavender-white dendrobium orchid.

I can't see exactly what was happening up on the the palm tree but I can imagine as much. The hungry Bulbul fledlgings must have torn the poor gecko limb to limb for a hearty breakfast.

Red Bougainvillea with The Lipstick Palm as a backdrop.
It later flew off to perch on a nearby Bougainvillea branch to quietly survey for more prey before ...

landing on another Bougainvillea branch with variegated leaves. There is something in its beak too. 

These are the double-petalled Quisqualis indica (Rangoon creeper) flowers.

Another Bulbul was spotted on the perimeter wall of the garden eyeing ...
the blue conifer, Juniperus chinensis with the magenta bougainvillea in front of it

In the evenng, I saw a Bulbul perched on a metal stake overlooking a neighbour's house.

Ane yet another one on a palm tree that is bathed in the warm glow of the
evening sun.


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