Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Bulbul's New Year Show

It was such a surprise to find a Yellow-Vented Bulbul celebrated this new year with me. This was definitely not a beautiful misunderstanding as I had been observing it long enough.

It joyfully staged a SiChuan Opera face changing routine at an adenium plant. Yes, it raised and lowered its crown crest within seconds while showing a good harvest in its beak.

At the end of the stage show, it flew for the red packet, one of the Chinese New Year traditions, as a recognition as well as to ward off evil spirits.

It was such a good day and a terrific start of the Year of the Rabbit. It certainly brings many lucks, health, prosperity and happiness to everyone of us.

新年快乐, 万事如意.

25 comments:

George said...

If these pictures are any indication, the Year of the Rabbit will bring you many wonderful pictures to share with us.
I hope the Year of the Rabbit brings you and your family much happiness.

Ginnymo said...

What a beautiful bird!! happy New Year! maybe you will get some rabbit pictures this year..Ha!

IHSAN KHAIRIR said...

wow, it can raise and lower its crest... marvellous shots!

where was this taken?

Regina said...

Exceptional!! You must of been very pleased with these shots! Love the one in flight and enjoyed your narration. Those above with those flowers from the adenium plant are exquisite as well!

Tabib said...

That Michelia champaca flowers really match the festive season now.

"Selamat Tahun baru, semoga panjang umur",dan lebih kaya!

Lrong said...

Good effort! I have still to learn how to take bird pictures like this...

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Hope this bunny year will bring you many good fortunes and good health. A wonderful sighting to start bunny year!

One said...

Great! Another auspicious bird. A clever one that goes for ang pow packets.

roentarre said...

I only know Sichuan as a province in china known for spicy food. :)

Good shots as usual

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Hi! very nice this bird.. you have lucky to see it :)
Wish you a nice weekend :)

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful bird, Rainfield!Wonderful photos. I hope the year of the rabbit brings you much happiness and good health. To answer your question about the bat sightings, you just have to eyes looking everywhere. Oh, and a great guide.

Amin said...

Hello!
Wonderful photos!

Bengbeng said...

a wonderful way to start the new lunar year!

Alan said...

Fantastic photos! What a beautiful bird.

betchai said...

pretty pretty bulbul surrounded by pink :) lovely shots. happy CNY.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Beautiful photos!

silent moments said...

beautiful bird in a beautiful background !
Happy new year!

Icy BC said...

Is this mean you're going to be a millionaire this year? :-)

What a beautiful bird, and flowers!

Ruthi said...

May this year bring you more happiness and prosperity.

Cool bird... great capture.

Sharkbytes said...

Love the bulbul- cute little headdress. I just learned about the red packets and their gifts. Happy New Year!

AVCr8teur said...

This is a good sign for the new year! Hope it's filled with happiness, good health, and properity. :)

Frieda said...

Beautiful.
That's certainly a great start of the new year. :)

Grass said...

Nice story and photos to mark for a great beginning.....

Gong Xi Fa Cai..

wiseacre said...

interesting crest on the bird. wish I had a better view.

Happy bunny trails to you

RNSANE said...

Definitely an auspicious start to the New Year, dear rainfield! You've given us lovely photographs of this fine feathered creature.