Oriental Pied Hornbill feeding on flowers

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“On 30th September 2016, I observed a huge wave of Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) numbering more than 10 birds, foraging at Pasir Ris Park, Carpark C (above).

“There were lots of commotion going on, with many birds actively flying around, moving from tree to tree. This encounter reminded me of a scene I saw at Borneo several years ago along the Kinabatangan river.

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“I also observed a solitary male hornbill feeding on red flowers, consuming all the red petals (above and below). It was the only bird that fed on the flower petals of the plant (climber?).”

OPH-flower [ThongChowNgian] 3

[Anyone with a clue as to the identity of the plant, please add a comment. The plant appears to be a climber.]

Thong Chow Ngian
Singapore
24th December 2016

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