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.
This morning I feel strong because of a bird. I have seen the White-breasted Woodswallow in many towns throughout Sarawak, preferring the overhead electric supply lines as their favourite perch. Its stout body is an icon of strength and agility. I saw one perching next to the side garden this morning and for a brief moment did not notice my presence. A small group of three were about the garden area and nearby electric posts to prey on insects. At one occasion I noticed one of them making sorties to the ground and even rested on the lawn hopping and chasing the insects. I love these birds for their swift wings, grey body and an outstanding white breast. Being swallows their flights are exceptionally acrobatic, targeted and pleasant to watch. This bird now is very commonly seen at this housing estate and for that reason I have no qualms to include it in the list of common garden birds of Sarawak.
On this August visit, there is an abundance of White Cempaka flowers in the garden. These highly scented creamish flowers is the source of one of the most expensive perfume in the world called 'Joy'. Earlier in May I have thrown lots of fertiliser at the plant base and after a period of more than 2 months have resulted in an exuberance of flowers and fragrance in the garden. The flowers have attracted butterflies too, especially the Eggfly Butterfly as shown in the pix below.