Sunday, August 8, 2010

Blue Sky

It's fruiting season for the tamarind here in my house and the trees are all full with the common Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi). It's an extremely plain brownish bird which can be found in gardens and open areas throughout the country. The only distinct pattern on its body is the whitish streaks on its ear coverts. Its call is similar to many other species of bulbuls and they can be extremely noisy when flocking together. Lots of these birds come and enjoy eating the tamarinds in my house along with other species like the White-vented and Common Myna and the Black-collared Starling. Although tamarind has solid peel, these birds know how to break through the skin with their beaks and eat the sweet edible part inside. Yesterday's weather was surprisingly lovely, so I went out and grabbed some shots of the birds under the late afternoon light.


Ryou said...

Good shots and lighting. The blue sky definitely looks lovely.

Phil said...

Brilliant shots of the Streaked Spiderhunter Ayuwat. I'll bet they are quite difficult to see with that camouflage colouration and of course the streaks.