They’re also called the seven sisters since they tend to travel in packs of 6 or 7 or so, and that’s usually about how many there are when they invade my garden. … I like bird song. 🙂 This yellow-billed babbler is sitting on our wall, watching his/her brothers/sisters further away in my garden, playing in my bushes and trees. … Do you like it, hate it, or are you indifferent to it?
I still don’t have a positive identification on this bird, but I believe it’s the white bellied drongo ( Dicrurus caerulescens ), also known in Sinhala as Kauda. The two Sri Lankan forms, leucopygialis and insularis , are darker than the Indian version, but I don’t know the differences between Dicrurus caerulescens leucopygialis and Dicrurus caerulescens insularis , so I don’t know which of them would be the one I have photos of, if it’s even one of them. In the first two of my pictures, the feathers atop the head look like a very dark green.
These pictures are of red vented bulbuls, a local bird that seems to love our neighborhood. They’re particularly identifiable due to their red underpants. 🙂 They’re on our neighbor’s roof, hanging out. You know how it is. 🙂 There’ve been dozens out there having a regular ol’ party, and coming and going quick as can be.
Mosquitoes bite me – and they bite me by the dozens to hundreds while everyone else around me is left completely alone – and the white part swells up to between a half inch to an inch in diameter with the red bit sometimes 4-6 inches in diameter. … Well, you get the idea. 🙂 I don’t know for a fact that I’m allergic to bees and wasps and other of the more, ah, dangerous insects, but given my allergic reactions in general and with insects, it’s a pretty safe bet that getting stung by them probably wouldn’t be a good idea, you know what I mean? 🙂 So why, oh why, do I do some of the things I do? I was outside and saw a bunch of flying insects swarming in the area around our no-longer-in-use Dialog satellite dish, so naturally, I had to take a step closer to find out what was going on.
Stand out on the balcony in the morning for five minutes, and I’ll see at least four or five different types of birds that I can recognize and identify. Then there are all the other birds hanging out, flying around, chirping or otherwise singing their noises, but out of sight, and, well, I really have no idea how many there are, but it’s a LOT. These shots are just a few examples of what I see from my balcony on a typical morning.
These two doves – at least, I think it’s these two doves – have been hanging around our neighborhood a lot lately. I have to admit wondering if it’s mating season for them, but I’m too lazy to look it up just at the mo’. 🙂 Anyway, here they are, playing around. … Not just on the power line, but at the junction thingie on the pole where all the wires connect up and stuff.
Yellow-billed babblers, also known as the seven sisters since they travel in packs of around 7-ish, are frequent visitors to our house and yard. This one decided to model for me. 🙂 What do you think? Do you like it, hate it, or are you indifferent to it?