Friday, December 25, 2009

A Yellow-bellied Bulbul

Everything seemed to be quiet this morning. The sky was not as blue as before, and no breeze was whispering through the little leaves.

The only two monkeys around were too happy to enjoy their sweet moment.

As I was moving away, I spotted a Yellow-bellied Bulbul, (if I am right, but the tail looks slightly long for a Bulbul) perching at the same guide rail where a Kingfisher was seen a few weeks back.

It was then seen strolling along the rail, back and forth, like what could be seen at a circus.

And then it made an intentional dive the moment I started my continuous shooting mode. This is what we call consensus whereby no talking is required.

It landed at the side of the pathway, and started to stroll again. Flying might be too tired at one time, and walking would be more relaxing. Hmmm... I must be right. If I am able to fly, will I feel the same while flying against the gravity?

I rather prefer to stand firmly on a solid ground.

What if I pull an emergency stop during the flight? What if I get tired half way up in the sky? What if .......

The Bulbul was bored with my many what if's, it flew to another lower level, to the top of the overflow passageway. It was thirsty. It needed some drinks.

But then my story was forced to end abruptly when we saw the monitor lizard. It might be heading towards its home at the top of the dam.

And everything had returned to normal within a minute. The Bulbul flew away. The lizard was out of sight.

It seemed like nothing had happened before.

(I have these problems for quite a long time. 1. Blogger reduces the size of my pictures immediately after they have been uploaded, no way for me to edit using Edit Html. 2. they are sometimes cannot be clicked to view. If someone can help, please tell me).


Anonymous said...

yellow bellied bulbul is native to the area where you live?

Tabib said...

I think that not a bulbul but a Wagtail. You may noticed the tail move up and down.
Probably Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), very common during this winter migrant.
Nice pictures and story.
Happy Holidays!

Diane AZ said...

Looks like you had a good morning, Rainfield. Great captures of the monkeys, yellow bird and lizard!

betchai said...

what a wonderful way of starting your day, being greeted by wildlife and experience their sweet moments.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures, Rainfield..

Merry Christmas!

wenn said...

lovely shots!

Mike said...

Rainfield for some reason I cannot get your photographs to enlarge.

From what i can see I think the bird may well be a Grey Wagtail.

The tail is to long for the Bulbul.

rainfield61 said...

Mei Teng: I am mistaken. It is actually a Grey Wagtail.

Tabib: Thanks for your help. I may have noticed the tail move up and down at that time.
It is not so common over here for me to re-confirm.

Diane: My morning is always wonderful, that I would like to share with you all.

betchai: You are right, to start my day being greeted by wildlife is always wonderful.

Icy BC: Happy holidays until 1st of January 2010. If you like, you can continue.

wenn: Welcome.

Mike: I have these problems for quite a long time. 1. Blogger reduced the size of my pictures immediately after they have been uploaded, 2. they are sometimes cannot be clicked to view.

I spent this whole day but failed to rectify these. On other way, learned adding picture to my header.

Yes, I do agree it is a Wagtail.

Glennis said...

The Bulbul had a nice little adventure, and you were there to watch.

Bengbeng said...

missed the chance to wish you a merry Christmas but still in time to wish u a happy new year :)

Cheryl said...

What an intriguing header photo! I too have had some trouble with Blogger, when trying to rearrange photos. I have heard others have had similar problems.

roentarre said...

This is simply incredible work and beautiful captures of the monkeys too

Ratty said...

Whatever kind of bird it is, it's a nice looking little bird. Your story made me feel like I was there.

I wish I could help with your problem with your pictures, but I haven't ever had this same problem. You might find a solution by doing a Google search for your problem. That is how I usually solve mine.

rainfield61 said...

Glennis: Seems like this little bird wants to have adventure like us. Is it educated?

Bengbeng: You can wish me merry Christmas for the next year. LOL.

Happy New Year to you and your family. These are our long waited holidays.

Cheryl: The header photo is an unexpected achievement from this holiday while searching internet for the solutions to solve my problem. I like it very much.

roentarre: How was your Christmas? Hope you have enjoyed the holiday.

Ratty: I have searched Internet and will continue before getting an answer.
Maybe the bird or monkey in the virtual world can tell after being processed by blogger during uploading.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Nce set of pictures!

Misalyn said...

Nice shots rainfield.

Try to check your settings, if you are still using the old editor, try to change it to updated editor.

Happy holidays and a blessed Sunday to you.

yen said...

love the new banner, says it all for a nature lover. happy new year

yen said...

think Tabib is right. it is looking like a wagtail

rainfield61 said...

Kirigalpoththa: I think I saw the wagtail this morning again. It played by the dam happily.

Misalyn: Will try out during next holidays, thank you very much.

yen: Both of you are right, I saw wagtail this morning again. Its tail seemed to be moving up and down. Yes, seemed to be becuase it was too small in a distance for my eyes.

Me said...

you sounds like you having a lovely morning...

cherie said...

hi there, rainy! i see cerok tokun is very much a part of your itinerary this Christmas! Happy holidays, my friend!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Rainfield, that is so cool that you captured the bird in-dive motion. Awesome shots.

Ayie said...

the wild that surrounds you can always greet you with a happy morning =)