onsdag 9. november 2011

Andaman Islands, Day 5, October 16th, 2011

Jungle Resort, Havelock Island

The way that I most often like to do birdwatching is to just sit in one spot and let the birds come to me at their own pace. So today I spent most of the day sat in the reception-house, looking out at the surrounding trees and just enjoying the color-display that was outside. The orioles and the bluebirds are of course some of the most richly colored birds around, but they both got put into the shade when a flock of Scarlet Minivets (Skarlagenmønjefugl) came flying by, and decided to land in the fruiting tree just in front of me. The bright red color of the males is just breath-taking, and can`t really be appreciated from a photo. The females are not bad either, where they have replaced the red colors from the males with a beautiful lemon-yellow. Other than two Pied Trillers (Parktrillefugl) that were feeding in the top of some palms, and a pair of Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters (Bengalbieter) that were picking giant bees from the air, the birds that I got to see today were the same as I have seen before. But the bee-hive that the Bee-eaters were feeding of was quite a sight though. When the bees themselves are between two and three centimeters long, and the entire hive, the size of a 10-liter bucket is covered with bees, it is a truly impressive sight!

Species list of the day

Jungle Resort

·         Emerald Dove (Smaragddue)

·         Andaman Scops Owl (Andamanugle)

·         Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Bengalbieter)

·         Asian Fairy Bluebird (Blåalvefugl)

·         Black-naped Oriole (Svartnakkepirol)

·         Great Racket-tailed Drongo (Dragedrongo)

·         Pied Triller (Parktrillefugl)

·         Scarlet Minivet (Scarlagenmønjefugl)

·         Red-whiskered Bulbul (Rødørebylbyl)

·         Black-headed Bulbul (Svarthodebylbyl)

·         Asian Brown Flycatcher (Brunfluesnapper)

·         Oriental Magpie Robin (Orientskjæreskvett)

·         Forest Wagtail (Skogerle)

·         Plain Flowerpecker (Olivenblomsterfugl)

New species today: 3

Total number of species this far: 26
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Asian Fairy Bluebird, male

Asian Fairy Bluebird, male

Asian Fairy Bluebird, female

Asian Fairy Bluebird, female

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Plain Flowerpecker

Scarlet Minivet, female to the left and male to the right

Emerald Dove

Black-headed Bulbul, ssp. fuscoflavescens, endemic ot the Andaman Islands

Black-naped Oriole

Black-naped Oriole, male (left) and female (right)

Black-naped Oriole
Bee-hive with HUGE bees!

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