A day in the life of a fig tree: Juru, mainland Penang, 21 May 2013

Well, just a few hours actually, from first light till about 11am. The tree in question was laden with ripe fruit, and as a consequence, it was a hive of activity. Here are some of the guests who turned up for the banquet.

Asian Glossy Starling_Juru_210513_IMG_3735There were ‘tons’ of Asian Glossy Starlings, but I gave them scant attention, always being on the look-out for something rarer – a shame, because they are stunning birds!Coppersmith Barbet_Juru_210513_IMG_3766

Recognize this sunbather?

Coopersmith Barbet_Juru_210513_IMG_3709

Coppersmith Barbet_Juru_210513_IMG_3816edA juvenile Coppersmith Barbet – at least 4 were in attendance.

Pink-necked Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3745It was the green-pigeons I was really after, hoping that an Orange-breasted, or even better, a Cinnamon-headed would drop by. Neither did, but then I could hardly complain at this stunning male Pink-necked Green-pigeon!Pink-necked Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3787

This resting female shows how effective the green plumage is as camouflage!

Pink-necked Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3713I’m not sure how to explain this plumage, but I think it’s still a Pink-necked!Thick-billed Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3719

Looks like I wasn’t the only one who found it hard to wake up this morning!

Thick-billed Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3726It’s hard not to yawn when looking at this pic! Thick-billed Green-pigeons were the commoner of the two Trerons at the tree, and they would frequently take breaks to doze in the shade of a nearby ketapang tree.Thick-billed Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3757

A female perking up!

Thick-billed Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3736

Thick-billed Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3771Thick-billed Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3779Thick-billed Green-pigeon_Juru_210513_IMG_3775This male provided the highlight of the day by coming down to almost eye-level. They have a colour scheme which is hard to beat!

Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker_Juru_210513_IMG_3734There were a couple of woodpeckers in the tree – the diminutive Sunda (or Brown-capped) Pygmy Woodpecker…

Greater Flameback_Juru_210513_IMG_3822… and this rather larger male Greater Flameback.

White-throated Kingfisher_Juru_210513_IMG_3803edA White-throated Kingfisher briefly joined the party, though it was just using the branch as a vantage point.

Blue-throated Bee-eater_Juru_210513_IMG_9918Blue-throated Bee-eater_Juru_210513_IMG_9942These Blue-throated Bee-eaters were fully occupied bringing food to hungry chicks at a nearby colony.

All in all, a productive few hours, despite the lack of rare pigeons!

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