The Pied Triller's eggs

The challenge that I put myself was how to reach the Pied Triller's nest in order to see what's inside it?  I then decided to fix my cell phone at the end of a long bamboo pole.  The pole enabled  me to hoover the cell phone just above the nest.  Surprise! It was a most beautiful moment when I froze one frame of the video showing indeed two eggs inside the nest.  This is a lifer for me.
My next project is to lift the pole again when I see clear signs that the eggs are hatched. This may take a bit of time as I'm not sure when it will hatch it eggs, if ever it do.  Time will tell.
Below are more pictures of the Pied Triller.

The Pied Triller is nesting.

It has been a while that I haven't blogged on the garden.  On this visit (which started on 17th of March),  I had the opportunity today to do some clearing works which is long overdue.  After being away for more than two months the garden must have been very quiet that certain birds have decided to come and stay put here to conveniently build its nest with confidence.  By a stroke of good luck,  the Pied Triller had decided to build its nest on a branch of the Poui tree (Tabebuia rosea).  This is the first time ever that the bird is seen building a nest in the garden and this fact alone makes me realise the beauty of the garden.  The garden to me is already very matured.  Today's sighting will therefore enable me to become close and personal with the Pied Triller for the next few days of our stay.  I pray that the bird will stay longer here so that it will successfully hatch its egg, if any.  Well, that would be a great surprise, isn't it?  I am looking forward to the da…

A fruity lunch to enjoy

On this August'17  escapade to Kuching, we found the garden in good condition with the Starfruit tree or Pokok Belimbing (Malay) bearing some fruits. So we thought it's time to be creative and fruity about our lunch.  We had previously bought some fruits along the journey to Kuching, such as the Soursop, Pomelo and Bananas. With a little bit of help from the Ketchup (soya bean) and hot chillies a simple sauce is created to enjoy the fruits with. Sometimes it's good to have a fruity lunch. Little pleasures of life that's really worth tasting!

Wildlife in the garden

It has been about a week since we arrived Kuching.  The garden looked pretty tidy and little urgent works seemed necessary.  My focus  thus changed to detecting the various wildlife that make their way to the garden.  Two species of dragonflies were seen, bulbuls as usual, a grasshopper and the multi-coloured Brown-throated Sunbird dropped by at the flowering coconut tree.  

Lively is the garden

As if by appointment the common garden birds of Kuching were there to greet me early this morning.  The brightly coloured  orange breast of the Pink-necked Green Pigeon roped in my attention to its natural beauty.  Not to miss the show two other birds that are part of the Kuching garden showed their presence too.  The Long-tailed Shrike and the Pied Triller make the garden busy with their unique calls making the garden lively.  I hope our stay in Kuching this May will see more of them closing in to the garden.

Zooming in at the Pink-necked Pigeon

I saw one Pink-necked Pigeon perched on the tall "Poui" tree (Tabebuia rosea) at the back garden this afternoon.  I was about 50 meters away.  I heard its whistling call and soon another male bird joined it.  I did not see any female of the species at today's sighting.  Now it seems customary for them to gather at the Poui tree at the start of day and in the evening before sunset. This is one beautiful bird that decided to call the garden its home.  Over the years I noticed that its preferred areas  for making nests are on the branches of the 'Ong Lumok' (Artocarpus odoratissimus) tree and Yellow Bamboo clump nearby the Poui tree.  The planting of tall trees in the Kambatik garden is essential if you want to attract these lovely birds to make home in your garden.  This fact has been proven many times over at the Kambatik garden here in Kuching.  This is one of the highlights of gardening the Kambatik way.   Here wildlife is most welcomed.

Chestnut Munia are abuzz

They zoom in and out of the bamboo clump next to the front porch hurriedly.  I noticed a small group of about 5 - 6 birds are currently busy building nests in the safety of the bamboo clump. These Chestnut Munia birds year in and  year out have found three such bamboo clumps in the garden as natural habitat for their nests.  I love these birds for their black hoods and well-groomed feathers.  Their deep brown body is very delightful to watch for the colour resembles tasty chocolates. Their stout, short and strong beaks are a great contrast to its black hood.  The beaks are apparently made for eating grass seeds.  These birds has been a permanent feature of the garden.