The Banded Woodpecker seems to have a favourite 'playground' and strangely it's among the fan leaves of the palm trees. Perhaps it's the airy blades of the leaves or the smooth stalks that it loves. I have come across it on more than one occasion, messing around.
Thursday, 8 April 2021
The Yellow-rumped Flycatcher was one of the earlier arrivals but not the Brown Shrike nor the Asian Brown Flycatcher. And these birds are still around.
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
This has got to be the longest stay by any Chinese Pond Heron in the taman after it has assumed breeding plumage. It has been almost a month now and the pair are still seen about, and getting more used to human presence too, at least one of them.
I was especially pleased to chance upon its rare display of preening, up on a tree.
Looked like no feathers left untouched.
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
There are two avian species I always look out for because they win hands down for being most affectionate and doting.
The Zebra Doves (Geopalia striata) were the ones this time, 'manja' would be a perfect term! The pair of male and female were hardly self-conscious.
"According to Gibbs et al. (2001), the adult female is slightly different from the male in the central portion of the breast in that it is narrower."
Wonder if humans copy avians or avians copy humans?!
Monday, 5 April 2021
A couple of weeks ago I lamented that I had the timing but the wrong place to capture the oft-taken-for-granted beauty of the White-throated Kingfisher.
It looked like I had a second chance with this one as it dived in and out of a pool of rainwater, proceeding to dry and preen.
Saturday, 3 April 2021
Mynas generally are taken for granted, hardly given a second look unless something stands out about them.
However the Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) always attracts attention because of its calls, distinguishes with its black glossy plumage, pinkish-orange bill and most of all, yellow facial wattles which surely gives it its local name of Tiong Emas.
Being rather large in size measuring about 30.5 cm it is quite easy to spot. And on this occasion the calls, as usual, gave away its presence.
This pair seems to be residents of Bukit Kiara because of its frequent appearance.
Both birds were busy preening but this particular one seemed desperate to flush out whatever was irritating it. No water droplets were seen so it couldn't be wet.