Monday, May 5, 2014

The bubbling Bulbul

Yellow-vented Bulbul attracted by the black berries of the Eugenia oleina tree

 There are among the early birds normally attracted to the red  ants that are in large supply at the Shrubby Dillenia trees.  They compete for the red seeds of the Dillenia from other birds like the sunbirds.  Coming in small groups, they make cheerful bubbling sounds.  Within the last week, this week and probably next, they will continue to visit the park due to the presence of thousands of black berries of the Eugenia oleina trees.  The most common variety to be seen is the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pyconotus goiavier).  On many  occasions they can also be seen chasing after swarm of bees that are drifted by the wind over the park.

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