Photographed in our garden this afternoon. This is an epiphyte growing on the Frangipani tree.
For those of you lucky enough not to follow my FB page you will be oblivious to the joy I experienced yesterday afternoon courtesy of Mrs. Ha. She spotted a ‘different bird’ in the garden and it turned out to be a Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler. This is a Class A skulker. An LBJ of the most irritating order. It tends to favour ground cover and scuttles a bit like a rodent. It is normally found in agricultural wetland. Yesterday it was in our garden. My joy has been muted somewhat by discovering that apparently PGWs are currently attempting to take over HK and have been found by the dozen at Mai Po this week. 30 on Monday and a full Heinz (57) this morning. Be that as it may, they are supposed to be at Mai Po. They are not supposed to be in my garden. But this juvenile of the race rubescens (from Northern Siberia) did a quick twirl for me. The windows were closed most of the time for fear of flushing the bird completely. I eased them open a fraction at the end. The rain tipped down and the light faded. This was the shot I was most happy with and that is of course a relative term because the others were miserable. John Holmes kindly passed on one of his PG Tips – have a cup of tea. And here is the magical PG.
I also credit the Pallas’s with medicinal properties. I don’t mean it should be taken as part of a TCM remedy (Traditional Chinese Medicine) but by a miracle the arrival of the PG coincided with a turn in my health and today I am on the road to recovery. Not yet well enough to venture out but feeling rather more chipper than yesterday morning. All that is left now is to go and have a sharp word with Lulu about yesterday’s post. We are not amused.