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I saw this small flock of spring transients near the Tai Peng community garden this morning. Can anyone identify them? Sorry for the poor quality of the photo; I was afraid I might scare them if I got too close.


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Wow.... you're very brave to get so close.
Is a unique but often seen trio & easily identified... from left to right...
Big-bellied Squatter, Black Spotter & Red Snoozer.

Coincidentally I was up there by the People Allotment....., seems I don't have your spotting skills though... I only saw..
Chinese Bulbuls
Red-whiskered Bulbuls
Sooty-headed Bulbuls
Red-billed Starlings
Blackbird
Crested Mynah
Black-collared Starling
and I think I now know where the sweetest bird on Lamma nests


Last week Neil was able to photograph..
Black-tailed Hawfinch (Yellow Grosbeak)
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And a juvenile Brown Shrike..
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I don't think there were any sweet birds near the People's Allotment this morning, only a disheveled albinistic tousle-tufted chat. I do know that all women in two buildings were heartily cinching down their bathrobes in fear of that digiscope this morning!

Nice hawfinch, by the way! I have yet to see one. Professor Smith makes too much noise around the garden and scares them all away.


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Nancy, many thanks for a truly unusual and memorable Wildlife Photo of the Day.
And thanks to Guy for identifying this most curious trio. See home page.

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Nancy, many thanks for a truly unusual and memorable Wildlife Photo of the Day. And thanks to Guy for identifying this most curious trio. See home page.


It gave me a good laugh anyway. Sorry Guy, but that's the risk you take when you aren't in a blind (maybe you UK types call it a hide).


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That's ok Nancy..... my pleasure...., but at least I now know the hide/blind works...... you look really nice in baby blue with your hair all tousled like that and that wistful look in you eye.


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I guess we are even!


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What is the bird that we hear over the summer that sounds (to me at least) like a hooting monkey?

I've been told coucal, drongo, koel, and have looked up the calls - but none of the recordings I've found are right.
The best site I've found for calls is :

http://www.xeno-canto.org/asia/recording.php?XC=31952


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Must be a coucal. Very beautiful, very large black bird with rust-colored wings; related to the cuckoos, if I recall correctly. You often see them on low branches in the forest or sometimes out in the open.

Koel makes a two-note call: ko-el, ko-el, ko-el
Each ko-el is higher and higher pitched until he can't make a higher sound, quits, rests, and then starts over. It is funny to listen to two males trying to out-falsetto each other.

I can't remember how the drongo sounds but I have seen/heard them calling and recall that it is higher pitched.


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You're probably correct.

This link is for a 'greater coucal' -I'd dismissed it because the first call is not what I'm looking for.
A longer listen shows the hooting similar to what we hear on Lamma in the background http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/AFEHYCAHZR/GreaterCoucal2VNEdwards.mp3


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Not been too much interesting for a while...
However managed to get a shot of this male Narcissus Flycatcher.... seems almost impossible to get him before he goes to water.
Is also about a week later than last year... seems all the migrants are weather affected.... prevailing winds etc etc.

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Great shot - a very uncommon bird, even harder to get a picture. Look forward to a shot of a blow-dried clean individual. While you are waiting for it to show up again, you might like to pass the time by making an origami narcissus flycatcher - plans available from papercraft central.

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Will do what I can... & will see if they can origami up a Hwamei.... is a daily visitor.

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Possibly one of the last of the 1st winter female Grey-backed Thrush still hanging around....
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Greater Coucal.....
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Is this a Cattle Egret?


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The one on the left is - unusual to be in water - they are usually on grassy fields. The one on the right is probably a little egret - note the thinner black bill


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OK, Thanks. Is there a a difference in the little Egret male/female as some have yellow legs? Thanks for the info.


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Can you help me with this one. I don't think its a black eyed kite


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I am new to Lamma, and absolutely thrilled to see the wonderful bird species posted on Flaura and Fauna.

Wherever this Anonymous lives must be quite a spot.

A suggestion---why not organise a bird watching club!!


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