Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) on the Poui branch Location : Side garden
I have not seen the Kuching birds namely the Pied Triller and the Long-tailed Shrike visiting the garden yet. However, the new sighting of the Pied Fantail makes up for their absence. This is the first time that the bird is seen visiting the place. I noticed that it comes here with its mate, dropping very early in the morning and occasionally would re-visit the place in the late afternoon. It is a nervous and panicky bird with a suicidal behaviour. I mean it will not stay still for long and would attempt to drop several branches down in suicidal fashion. It utters a clear whistle that is fair to the ears. Oh, by the way, its suicidal behaviour has made the Malays call this bird " Murai Gila"! ( "Gila" means mad or crazy.)
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.
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.
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!