Monday, January 24, 2011

Early bird

Captured in Kurunegala, this Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti) was seen perched in this tree for about an hour occasionally taking off to catch flying insects in mid air. It seemed to prefer this tree at the border of a small thicket which was facing a bare land with small shrubs. This preference maybe because such a location allows easier catching of its desired prey.

About 17 cm in length,it is known locally as the "kurumini kurulla" or "thalamba his binguharaya" and is a common resident bird seen in all parts of the island with preference to the wet zone. They are known to lay eggs in burrows which I thought to be quite a peculiar behaviour for a bird.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bitter Love

He glanced in to the distance looking for the much awaited appearance. But it was only the crimson rays of dawn that greeted him. Eyes paining, not with the mild morning sun but with anticipation, he did not dare to take his eyes off to check the dark figure lurking in the ground below. He has heard of those clumsy flightless creatures called humans and that they can become really nasty. Right now nothing mattered to him but his love who is getting heartbreakingly late.

Then she came over the canopy, her orange shade brilliant than ever contrasting with the jet black feathers. He chirped in delight till the next figure appeared behind her, a masculine male with even brighter feathers. He watched them fly past him not even bothering to look his way. He was a small bird, but now he felt smaller and feathers paler than ever. Love drained, he laid his head on the branch.

After a few moments of gloomy reflection he decided it’s time he left this world full of bitter betrayals. He leapt from the branch and that was how gravity claimed its first bird victim!

My sincere thanks to,
The Small Minivent (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) who agreed to pose for the stills of my script :)

Small Minivent is a common resident bird who loves the upper canopy mainly feeding on insects. The adult is about 16 cm in length and the female has a lighter shade of black compared to the male. They are usually seen in small flocks.