Chestnut Munia roosting atop the Yellow Bamboo clump near the front porch.
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.
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.
Columns of greenery. Colourful foliages. Flowers of all shapes and colours. These are the characteristics of a Malaysian garden. Bonuses come in the form of edible fruits, wildlife, shade, and many exercise. There's unending agenda of change and renovation to be carried out as the garden grows. What I love about the garden now is its maturity. All the previous efforts culminate in today's joy, the pleasure of cool comfort, the natural touch of leaves, trunks and branches, inspirational and quality time working or walking in the garden. The Malaysian garden is a living oasis of love and care, heritage and survival. Every Malaysian can do it as I have done. Remember the word "IMPOSSIBLE" ? No, but....I'm Possible.
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.