PSLE marking... Yes. That's why I went to BTNR. This time, I was in luck. Okay, when we just got there, 2 magpie crows were flying around. I didn't manage to get a photo of them. Moving along, I spotted a bird that I had never seen before. The lesser racket- tailed drongo. It was looking for insects to eat. Walking walking, and walking. After the drongo, there wasn't anything interesting. Except this weird looking insect that looks like part of the plant. Then all of a sudden...... "A shoe buckle!" my sister shouts. I went to take a look. On the ground, there was a shoelace. Just then, it started to move. It was a snake. I really don't Know what type it is, but it is very small. Like the length of my foot. My foot is around 20cm, so that's a small snake. Then, a common posy fluttered around me. It was hard to shoot as it kept moving and didn't allow a close approach. Hope I get better shots of it next time! Please comment.
A Pair Of Black Naped Orioles Little King-king bird of paradise At First Light-black sicklebill Magnificent Love-magnificent bird of paradise Count Raggi's-raggiana bird of paradise Marvelous Hummer-marvelous spatuletail Golden Bower-golden bowerbird & its bower So! Enjoy! Please comment on the paintings in the Cbox or the comment button.
Some more birds of paradise! The images are found from the web.Well, this time, were learning about other types. The paradise crows, manucodes, paradigallas, astrapias and last but not least, the parotias. Birds of paradise's closest relatives are surprisingly the crows! The paradise crow is a medium sized bird of paradise, that looks a lot like its ancestors.
Another crow like bird of paradise is the manucode. Manucodes are large glossy birds. In their display, they fan their wings out and call loudly. Below is the curl crested manucode, the largest manucode. Manucodes, unlike other birds of paradise, are monogamous. That means the male can only have one mate, and he heps out in building the nest and rearing the young. Paradigallas, are some more strange birds of paradise. Below is the long tailed paradigalla. Now the astrapias. They are some of my favourite birds of paradise. Even though they are black like manucodes and paradigallas, they are much more attractive. With the long tails and glossy throats, there's no doubt they are so beautiful. The male ribbon tailed astrapia has longest tail feathers( to its body size ). The Princess Stephanie's astrapia is just as attractive. Lastly, the parotias. Many people would have seen them on sites like YouTube. They have six long wires sprouting from their heads that are tipped each with a bob. Their specialized flank plumes are raised during the display. Below is the Lawe's parotia.( perching and displaying )
It's me again. I'll be writing about the birds of paradise. There are 43 species of them. Many people know them in general as " Birds of Paradise ", but few go deeply into the subject. I will be posting a series of birds of paradise articles, and today's is of the plumed birds of paradise. ( the basic ) Warning: The photos are all found from the web, only the lesser bird of paradise I took. Okay let's start. When people say "birds of paradise", they are usually referring to the LESSER BID OF PARADISE. (below) This is an example of a plumed B.O.P. In their display, around four or five males gather in a tall tree, and spread their plumes all over, calling, jumping around and flapping their wings. Many people, also think that their plumes, come out from the tail. Instead, they sprout from just above their wing! The RAGGIANA BIRD OF PARADISE, is another well known species. (below) Unlike the first 2, the GOLDIE'S BIRD OF PARADISE isn't very well known. Even though it is near-threatened with global extinction, it is no less beautiful. I'm not going to write about every species, but only a few. Many vote for the BLUE BIRD OF PARADISE as the most beautiful of the family. Looking at the males display, it is easy to tell why. All plumed birds of paradise live in the forest canopy of New Guinea and Indonesia.
Welcome! I'm Jonathan. I'm 19 and I live in Singapore. I paint, chase butterflies with a camera and blog about Singapore's incredible wildlife. All the pictures here are taken (and copyrighted) by me, unless otherwise stated. I use a Canon 500D but pictures from my older posts before Dec 2009 were taken with my trusty 2nd hand Fuji Finepix. Have a great time!