My parents’ place has come under repeated aerial attack on most afternoons. All types of preventative defence systems have proven to be a failure. When it happened on a day I was around I quickly grabbed a 200mm and managed to squeeze off a few shots. Naturally the attacker got a way. The images below are the least worst of my shooting.
The first thing that struck me about this bird is the extremely silly looking head gear. The photos do not fully convey the ridiculousness of it. The target of this crazed character were my parents’ window frames. He hammers away at the wood like a drill (Wrrr Wrr) without much effect. The damage is limited to extensive scratches on the paint. The worst part of these attacks is the noise — particularly if the occupants of the room are trying to enjoy the humble weekend luxury of a post lunch nap.
I’m totally ignorant about this kind of feathered lunatic (unlike other flying food critics I’ve blogged about). I’m sure the official bird man of the SL Blogosphere will have some words of wisdom to explain this mad behaviour — perhaps offer some workable air defence strategies. The airforce understandably doesn’t get involved in invasions of private airspace.
At least it’s a short enough to blog about.
Gallicissa has graciously typed up some interesting details about this bird – despite been hassled to no end by wordress’s comment restrictions (and my tardy online appearances). Anyway I’ve managed to update his comments (hopefully I got it right – please let me know if I haven’t).
I’m deeply grateful that he took the time to share his knowledge of Sri Lanka’s feathered characters. If you want to learn more about Sri Lankan birding, check out his blog at gallicissa.blogspot.com