Hearing bird chatter outside my window is a familiar and natural occurrence in my everyday life. Our house is surrounded by trees and on certain hours of the day, there would be a flock of birds perched on the branches and have their daily gossip. It’s always fun to imagine what they’re tweeting and chattering about, before they head out to their own nests for the night.
Lately, I’ve been hearing a different kind of bird call. I’m normally used to the Maya bird and its high pitched and quick chatter. This one was different. It was like a two-note whistle, starting from a high pitch and sliding down to a low one. At first I thought it was made by a human, but it seemed to come from the skies. Unless there’s someone sitting on the roof every morning and whistling for hours, then it could be a bird.
So I headed out to investigate.
Perched high up on our neighbor’s water tank was a yellow bird. It basked in the morning sun, making his chest glow even more as the sun reflected on its feathers. I heard the two-note whistle. Mystery solved.
I immediately rushed for my camera and climbed up the roof our house to get a better view. (I hope the neighbor won’t find me suspicious if they see me from their CCTV that I have a zoom lens pointed at the direction of their house.) I tried to mimic the bird call just to get the bird’s attention. I sat there pretending like I was a wildlife photographer, as I waited for the bird to perch in a visible spot.
Thanks to Google, I found out that the bird is a Black-Naped Oriole. Apparently, the species is common in the Philippines. It is commonly seen in gardens, meaning it can live alongside humans as long as the environment is not threatening to them.
There were two of them but I couldn’t catch both of them in one shot. Every time one bird would perch on the railing, the other one would fly away. They never share the same spot together. Also, they kept hanging around on the side of the tank that was not visible to me. So the shots that I took were the few seconds that they transferred to my side of the tank. I don’t think the birds were impressed by my whistling. I tried mimicking their call, but they never tried to look for the “third bird.”
Besides the Maya bird, there’s another bird with a white chest and a long tail that frequents our trees. It’s probably a Pied Fantail, based on the list that I saw online. It’s defining physical features are its white chest and its long tail that sometimes fan out.
I hope to see more kinds of birds in our neighborhood. Their tweeting is refreshing to hear and I don’t consider them a nuisance at all.