Chestnut Munia roosting atop the Yellow Bamboo clump near the front porch.
They zoom in and out of the bamboo clump next to the front porch hurriedly. I noticed a small group of about 5 - 6 birds are currently busy building nests in the safety of the bamboo clump. These Chestnut Munia birds year in and year out have found three such bamboo clumps in the garden as natural habitat for their nests. I love these birds for their black hoods and well-groomed feathers. Their deep brown body is very delightful to watch for the colour resembles tasty chocolates. Their stout, short and strong beaks are a great contrast to its black hood. The beaks are apparently made for eating grass seeds. These birds has been a permanent feature of the garden.
This morning I feel strong because of a bird. I have seen the White-breasted Woodswallow in many towns throughout Sarawak, preferring the overhead electric supply lines as their favourite perch. Its stout body is an icon of strength and agility. I saw one perching next to the side garden this morning and for a brief moment did not notice my presence. A small group of three were about the garden area and nearby electric posts to prey on insects. At one occasion I noticed one of them making sorties to the ground and even rested on the lawn hopping and chasing the insects. I love these birds for their swift wings, grey body and an outstanding white breast. Being swallows their flights are exceptionally acrobatic, targeted and pleasant to watch. This bird now is very commonly seen at this housing estate and for that reason I have no qualms to include it in the list of common garden birds of Sarawak.
I saw one Pink-necked Pigeon perched on the tall "Poui" tree (Tabebuia rosea) at the back garden this afternoon. I was about 50 meters away. I heard its whistling call and soon another male bird joined it. I did not see any female of the species at today's sighting. Now it seems customary for them to gather at the Poui tree at the start of day and in the evening before sunset. This is one beautiful bird that decided to call the garden its home. Over the years I noticed that its preferred areas for making nests are on the branches of the 'Ong Lumok' (Artocarpus odoratissimus) tree and Yellow Bamboo clump nearby the Poui tree. The planting of tall trees in the Kambatik garden is essential if you want to attract these lovely birds to make home in your garden. This fact has been proven many times over at the Kambatik garden here in Kuching. This is one of the highlights of gardening the Kambatik way. Here wildlife is most welcomed.