Thank you all for the kind and warm comments about yesterday’s In Memoriam. I thought I may have to dip into the archive for a Kingfisher but early this morning this chap turned up on my local patch.
This is Chestnut Bulbul, Hemixos Castanonotus. This is a different genus from the bulbuls behaving badly you have seen in the past – Light-vented and Red-whiskered. They are residents but tricky to photograph. They tend to stay in amongst the trees. Very occasionally they venture into the garden. Frankly, if I had a haircut like that I would stay hidden too. The field guide says its call consists of scolding notes and a loud ringing ‘tickety boo’. Well that’s alright then. I rather like the CB. Most times I walk around LNEC I see them or at least hear them. Today this one perched just above my head. Perhaps like me it was celebrating the rising of the sun. I may yet introduce you to the Sooty-headed Bulbul. Please try to contain your excitement.