“We have had a very hot season for 3 weeks and some of the trees in our garden are flowering well – the Lagerstroemia, the tamarind (Tamarindus indica) and the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) – attracting lots of birds. The garden is full of birds and it almost feels like spring except for the heat.
“The Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) was busy protecting his territory and I saw a pleasant chase of a rival adult for 10 minutes, round and round the neighbourhood (centered on our home), like large bees.
“This adult Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis maculates) had come for the first fruits of the neem tree for the season (very few fruits just yet). It had found one (above left) and was so busy juggling it in the beak for a better position to feed on when it lost it and had to make a desperate dash to retrieve it (above right).
“Check out my early post on the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) and other birds feeding on these same fruits LINK.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
3rd July 2011