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Nice outline of the bird - perhaps a larger aperture can give even softer focus and make the foreground object more prominent, but it's pretty good as it is.

Keep 'em coming Hilda - don't be intimidated by Guy into imitating his style of description!

To give credit where it is due, maybe readers can also be referred to the excellent site from Singapore on the birds of the Sungei Buloh nature reserve (one of my favorite places). It's at:

http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/birds/birds.htm

Many of the common birds of Lamma can also be found there.

It's rather strange in Singapore to hear of the magpie robin as an "endangered species" - apparently the population has declined there dramatically in recent years and they are trying to re-introduce more individuals.


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Thank you Zep.
I saw what I think was a Striated Heron yesterday, and possibly about 6 of them resting in a tree at dusk. Is that likely?
No chance for a photo though.


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The most likely would be juvenile black-capped night herons. The young ones are striped brown and white, while the adults are an elegant grey with black cap. These are the ones that are sometimes posing on the rocks just opposite the island bar in the mornings. I've tried to get a shot, but they alway look too small on my little camera. Here are a couple of pictures of the adults and juveniles trawled from the Internet:


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Don't think the heron was the Black capped night heron, but I will try and get a photo.

Photo of the Crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus).
Will try and improve on the photo later.

Bulbuls are generally medium sized, self confident perching birds, noisy, gregarious, and usually in pairs or small groups.

Description: About 8" (20 cm). Grayish above, whitish below, with long conspicuous black crest, red cheek patch, white cheeks and throat, with a black moustachial stripe, white-tipped tail and orange red vent.

Habitat: Residential areas, parks, and gardens, as well as quiet woodland

Nesting: 2-4 pinkish-white eggs, spotted with reddish brown, in a cup of dead leaves and grass that is lined with fine roots and hair and placed in a bush or small tree.

Breeding: April to June

Habits: Native to Southeast Asia and resident in South China

Diet: Insects, soft berries and fruits

Voice: Various chattering notes; a whistled queekey!

Threats: None really percieved as they are common and widespread on Lamma


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Anyone noticed this strange humming bird hovering over the vegetable patches?


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Yes..............., but I believe the main reason for the hum is because it's hanging out in a broccoli patch

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I think little Kate is one of Lamma's top 10 birds...........

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A couple more pics of the Spotted Dove.......(just for Kate)

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zep wrote:
......, while the adults are an elegant grey with black cap............

Got a photo of one of a pair that looked as if they had retired for the day.


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Such a great camera, does it have a flash for backlit situations like this one?

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Not one that works from 30' away I'm afraid

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Anybody (Zep / Hilda) know what this bird is - some kind of Kite/Hawk? Is probably about 15-18" from beak to tail tip.

http://lamma.hk/image_files/birds/full/DSC_3752


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A female Koel, perhaps?
The males are all-black, I believe.

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Like this one perhaps?....... see below
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Yes, the red eyes are the giveaway!

Have a look at Zep's Bird of the Month - March 2004 with photos of male and female Koels.

bbChris calls them "orgasm birds" for their characteristic calls starting in late March.

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Swallow?
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Yes, summer must be on the way. Agree about the Mrs Koel, too.


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Zep,

You see, some of us actually LEARN something from your forum and quite a few of us miss your flower, tree, bird, etc. of the month features!

For example, I had no idea how a Koel looked like and didn't even know the word "Koel" before your Bird of the Month feature introduced this bird to me and the Lamma-zine readers! Please continue with your features!

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"Reloaded"
Like this one perhaps?
"the male Common Koel is easily identified by its entirely glossy black plumage, tinged with blue and green, and striking red eye"
10 points to L-B towards the bottle of magnificent red wine.
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