I took this lovely picture below from the roof of my house in Sai Kung last week. Yesterday they came and chopped the whole tree down. It was dropping leaves (and bird pooh) over the parked cars beneath, so there had been complaints! Instead of getting a cover for your car, or cleaning it, its much easier to destroy our natural environment, and it makes me furious that I no longer have this lovely tree - HK's national symbol - or the wonderful birds that feed and roost in it, to look at and enjoy.
This is of course the Crested Bulbul or the Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) enjoying a little leafy snack.
This pretty bird is a common
sight in Hong Kong, found everywhere from
woodland to gardens. They are not only frugivores
(fruit eaters), they also enjoy a tasty insect. Still
favoured as a pet today, they are known to live for up
to eleven years in captivity. They have a rather
chivalrous courtship, where the male bows his bead,
drops his wings and spreads his tail. In Hong Kong
they breed from April till June.
Looks like my photos will be of only green backgrounds or worse, just blank white and grey concrete from now on!
Very social, these noisy, chattering birds can be seen near the ponds, and in the branches around the many parks in Hong Kong.