Sunday, February 11, 2018

Birding at Fang Hotspring

I have been to Fang several time but have never been to the hot-spring. This is my first visit to this place.
Fang Hot Spring
I was told the main target here is to look for Spotted-winged Grosbeak. If they do turn up, they will come in flocks. The birds are here to collect mineral deposits on the tree branches caused by the hot spring. The mineral appear whitish in the photo above.
Fairy Blue Bird
Since there is no sign of the grosbeak, I walk around the park look for other birds. Spotted this Fairy Blue Bird on the fruiting tree.
Black Crested Bulbul
 There are quite a number of Black Crested Bulbul too.
Blue Throated barbet(Megalaima asiatica)
Follow the direction of the call, saw this Blue Throated barbet.
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)
 Saw another barbet - Lineated Barbet.
Shikra (Accipiter badius)
 This was a surprise find, a small bird of prey - Shikra
Black Drongo
 Black Drongo taking flight from rock to rock.
Blue Rock Thrush
 Also on the rock... Blue Rock Thrush!
Grey wagtail
 Saw this Grey wagtail on top of the visitor center.
Spotted-winged Grosbeak
 After about 10am, the Spotted-winged Grosbeak started to come in flock.
Spotted-winged Grosbeak
 This is the female bird.
Spotted-winged Grosbeak
 Male bird with striking yellow colour.
Spotted-winged Grosbeak
 They fly from branch to branch scrapping collecting their much needed mineral.
Spotted-winged Grosbeak
I am not sure if this is courtship feeding or sharing resources or simply fighting or robbing for mineral. Both birds are female in the photo above.
Spotted-winged Grosbeak
Both are male bird. Unlikely a courtship behavior. Any idea?....Anyone?...

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