It was, if anything, even better now. Small bird-baths had been set up, and the large bamboo thicket seemed to be nothing but the back of the stage, from which birds in all their colours would parade on the baths, or on the bamboo stems! Flycatchers, Bulbuls, Drongos, Thrushes, the Pitta, the Trogon....
I'll be posting some of the birds we saw, but the finale was provided by the bird that mixed all those rainbow colours into its white body and long tail...the
ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER:
He (yes, it's only the male who has that tail....the men are always the good-lookers in the bird world) whisked himself and his elegant ribbon tail about, and it was a delight to see the Dream Dance, in the shadows and dim light of the forest foliage :
And then, as if to crown our joys, the gentleman decided to give us a further display:
All we could do was gape, and follow the beautiful ghost, as he flitted to and fro....for those few minutes, we too were female Paradise Flycatchers, in love with this wonderful male!
I leave you with this dreamy image of the Flycatcher....surely one of the most beautiful birds we have...how lucky we are, that I can see it within four miles of my home, still!
I think birds are beautiful because of their essential mystery...they may be used to us humans, but they will approach no nearer than they wish to...and can disappear in a frustrating moment!