Hunting together

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(Bird photographs, 20060125, 3 of 4. "Previous Photograph")

While sitting up on that tree trunk twelve feet up in the air, there was one pair of birds that I saw more often than any other. They were mates and they were hunting together. They were later on joined by another pair of the same variety.

Forty years old and I've only now realised how marvelous it is to watch birds hunt. They sit on the branches looking in every direction, and when they see a flying insect, they flutter up, catch the insect and flutter back. The action is very quick and very absorbing; and extremely hard to photograph. Tracking them with your camera, keeping everything in focus and pressing the shutter button at the right time is almost impossible to do but I'll hopefully get there one day with more training and practice. In the meantime, you'll have to be content with my non-flying photographs.

What are they? Does anyone know?

Mates

Chinese Bulbul 白頭鵯

(Pycnonotus sinensis)

Date: 25 January 2006, Location: Clear Water Bay

What are you looking at? Can't you see we're busy?

Two birds, probably mates, hunting together. I believe you'll find that the females have a different flatter head crest than the males. In this picture, the female is probably the one on the left with the male on the right.

For a blow-up of the female, click here.

For a blow-up of the male, click here.

More photos of the male (my guess from the head crest and the colour).

crested

For a closer look at the bird, click here.

crested2

For a closer look at the bird, click here.

Now that I have "The Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hong Kong", it is no longer necessary for readers to help me name the birds I show. However, thank you to everyone who helped me with the names of the birds prior to my book purchase. I truly appreciate the effort.

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4 Responses to “Hunting together”
  1. Phoenix says:

    they are Chinese Bulbul (白頭翁)
    formal name is Pycnonotus sinensis (白頭鵯)*鵯sounds like匹
    most of the time they go in a group except summer, which is their breed period. they love singing a lot and it sounds loud and clear!! they are very common in hk. thats y u see them very often :)
    i think all your photos looks brilliant!! here is a site which got loads of bird photos taken by different ppl around the world, hope u find it interesting~
    http://www.orientalbirdimages.org/index.php

  2. 河國榮 says:

    Phoenix,

    I took a look at the site you mentioned. it's very extensive but my mind begins to fog after seeing several photographs.

    one problem I have with online animal/bird databases is that you need to know the names of the animals before you can find them!

    last week, I purchased a book of HK birds; 450 varieties. it's been very helpful.

    your knowledge of the birds is marvellous. do you study birds?

  3. Phoenix says:

    hehe, i dont reali study birds n i didnt start watching them much earlier than u, thats y sometimes i get lost in the site as well~ :D the way i study is to look at the new update photoes, so just small amount of info in one go. or just look at individual hong kong photographer's work, so the info should be useful n at least i know some of them:D
    for starters, books about birds have to b "梗有一本係左近";P as i am studying in england now, so i bought a book of british bird instead.
    in uk there is an island called farne island, it is famous for birds. there are soooo many birds that u literally have to wear a hard hat to prevent the birds' attack n the poo as well:P

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