For quite a few weeks now I have been hearing all sorts of new bird calls that I have not heard before. Our housing complex is in the pathway of flights taking off and landing at what was the old airport. I wonder if this is the result of the airport being moved out of the city - more varieties of birds making their appearance.
Of these, one bird in particular has a very loud, throaty call that resembles the croaking of a frog. It is fascinating to hear them calling to each other in a very conversational manner from one tree to the other. Although they sounded very close at hand, I was not able to spot them for quite a while.
Then one day I saw a blur of green whizzing past and thought it was a parrot. A few days later, I spotted a dash of green on the branch of a tree outside my window. I looked - and there it was - but it was no parrot. It had a strange combination of colours which I had never seen before.
When I posted the picture on a site and asked if anyone could identify the bird, I was told it was a white cheeked barbet. Kudos to the person who could identify the bird from such a hazy picture taken in such bright light that the picture did not do justice to Nature's art. The position of the bird did not allow me to get the right colours of the beak etc.
Well, today finally, I managed to capture one of these birds which keep darting from tree to tree, hardly sitting in one place for too long. This bird mercifully perched itself in full view and gave me a very good pose which helped me get its colours in their fullest glory.
|From my balcony|