Thursday, March 28, 2013

Brown-headed Barbet - Megalaima zeylanica, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The loudest bird in the garden. Makes its loud cry from a tree close by. When it descends to eat the fruits offered it is very silent. It is off in a jiffy if it catches sight of a human closeby.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Black-hooded Oriole and chick - Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Collecting food for the chick.
Feeding the chick.
Going near the water - 'I am scared'.

'Come on. Don't be afraid to drink some water' .
 The cry of the chick of a Black-hooded Oriole is shorter and more plaintive. I spotted this mother feeding and teaching its young to drink water at the bird bath in our home-garden. The plumes on the wing of the chick is a pale yellow.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Black-hooded Oriole - Oriolus xanthornus, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.




I took these pictures at my 'bird-feeder' in our home garden at Avissawella. I placed some ripe Bananas and at one time there were four of them taking their turn feeding. Photo taken on 19th March 2013 on a Nikon D90 with a 18-105 Nikon lens.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Black-hooded Oriole - Oriolus xanthornus, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

On the leaf of a coconut tree making its call.
In flight as seen from below.

Red-vented Bulbuls - Pycnonotus cafer, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The Red-vented Bulbul are the most numerous in our home garden. They invade the dining table and pick on the ripe bananas on the table making a big racket. They come come for a bath and eat the plantains left close by. I took these pictures in an afternoon near the bird-bath in our home garden. The top two pictures are of a male and the bottom two pictures are of a female.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Yellow-billed Babbler - Turdoides affinis taprobanus, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

They come in groups and make the loudest noise in our home-garden. They work in tandem with the squirrels. If any predators like cats or rat-snakes are around the squirrels start chirping rapidly and the babblers take flight and add to the cacophony. The Babblers are called 'Seven sisters' because they travel in groups.