“The Common Tailorbird is an elusive garden bird, often heard but difficult to see. I heard this bird singing in clumps of yellow cane palm (Dypsis lutescens) at one corner of my Condominium yesterday morning. I pointed my camera towards the trees and shot anyway without seeing the bird in the LCD screen.
“By sheer luck the bird was captured in the video. In the first segment of the recording, the bird was singing together with a Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) behind me. In the second segment, it was singing with a Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) overhead in an African Tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata).
“The calls were probably agitated/alarm calls in response to my presence, though I am in the location everyday.”
Sun Chong Hong
9th January 2011