A Hen Presentation in Shanghai – 10,000 Birds

A Hen Presentation in Shanghai – 10,000 Birds

For some motive that I don’t fairly perceive myself – provided that I actually reasonably dislike youngsters and am not too constructive about the remainder of humanity both – I just lately put up a bit show of fowl photographs inside my Shanghai compound, which I share (as the one foreigner) with about 1700 Chinese language.

So, listed below are the photographs together with just a few feedback, exhibiting species that may truly be seen on this suburban compound – by the way (as one good friend identified) in the identical glass packing containers often used for propaganda posters (after all I requested for the okay from the native authorities officers and as well as, made positive not one of the fowl species proven had ever made any public damaging remarks in regards to the Chinese language Communist Get together).

Fairly pointless, I agree – but when solely one of many children wanting on the photographs wins a Nobel Prize for Hen Conservation 50 years later, it was all price it (although within the phrases of Dave Barry, I plan to be lifeless by then) .

Listed here are just a few photographs of the real-life show:

And listed below are the photographs I confirmed, with some brief and pretty irrelevant explanations, transformed to a stand-alone presentation. As this was ready for native use, I omitted the English textual content and fowl names – every part is in Chinese language. However earlier than you begin complaining – remember the fact that you might be on this state of affairs for just a few seconds now whereas for me, it has been greater than 18 years. And I’ve added the English textual content and fowl identify after every illustration, a luxurious I by no means have right here.

Some Birds of Shanghai

In an enormous metropolis equivalent to Shanghai, it isn’t at all times straightforward to see animals. However fortunately, it’s nonetheless comparatively straightforward to see birds, should you pay sufficient consideration. The photographs and descriptions you possibly can see on this little exhibition are all of birds that generally come to our compound at 127 Haibo Street. Some solely stay right here in winter, others solely in summer season, whereas some may be seen all 12 months spherical. Some are even constructing nests and having chicks right here inside our compound. Within the photographs, you possibly can see generally female and male (these two can look fairly totally different), for others, child and grownup birds.

China is creating very quick, and Shanghai is creating even quicker. This generally makes it tough for wild animals to outlive. Hopefully, seeing these birds and studying about them can even make you perceive that it is very important shield them and nature typically.

The Black-crowned Night time Hero is a member of the heron household. It’s associated to the Little Egret that additionally visits our compound. These birds are most energetic early within the morning and when it will get darkish. At the moment, they stand someplace in or close to the water and look ahead to fish to catch. So, if you wish to see them, the perfect chances are high early within the morning on the little river behind the compound. The grownup birds look fairly elegant in white and blueish-black, with purple eyes and two white napes. The juveniles look spottier and are largely brown.

The Chinese language Blackbird is among the many commonest birds in our compound. They’re additionally among the many noisiest and provides an alarm sound once they really feel any person will get too near them. This spring, we had many nests of those birds in our compound. Some have been on bushes, others exterior on a few of our buildings. When the chicks develop up, they spend most of their time ready for his or her dad and mom to fly again to them and convey them meals. They then get very excited, and each chick appears to say it’s hungrier than the others.

The Daurian Redstart is a small songbird that solely involves Shanghai (and our compound) in winter. So if you wish to see it, you must wait not less than till October. The male fowl is among the many most lovely birds in Shanghai with its reddish breast and black face. The feminine is a bit plainer but in addition has some orange shade on its tail. Each the male and the feminine prefer to shake their tail. They eat each bugs and seeds.

The Eurasian Hoopoe solely hardly ever involves our compound. However it’s a very interesting-looking and distinctive fowl with its crest and its mixture of black, white, and cinnamon colours. It spends more often than not strolling round on the bottom in search of bugs. This fowl was fairly widespread in Germany, however now it’s uncommon. Happily, it’s nonetheless fairly widespread in Shanghai, significantly in some areas close to the coast. Hopefully, this won’t change sooner or later. In any case, it truly is a really particular fowl.

The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is one other fowl that is quite common in our compound. This fowl reasonably likes to stay near folks, and in addition allows you to get comparatively shut earlier than they fly away. In spring, we had a number of nests of the fowl in our compound. Properly, not likely nests – the fowl usually makes use of little holes in buildings to carry up its chicks. Within the photograph, you possibly can see some chicks in such a gap exterior of one in all our buildings, with a mother or father simply arriving with meals. Whereas these birds usually are not very colourful, they’re very vigorous and energetic, and it’s enjoyable to observe them.

The Japanese Tits is an elegant-looking fowl with a flashy white cheek on a black head, a black stripe on a white stomach, and grey wings with a little bit of inexperienced. The younger birds (proven in a single photograph) look comparable however duller. That is usually the case in birds – for the younger birds, it’s extra necessary to be invisible than to impress the opposite birds of the identical species. It likes to shortly transfer round in bushes in search of small bugs. Whereas doing this, it appears to be consistently chatting in a low voice, so it’s generally simpler to listen to this fowl than to see it.

The Mild-vented Bulbul might be the noisiest fowl in our compound, and in addition one of the vital widespread. It’s fortunate that that is additionally a reasonably enticing fowl, with its mixture of white, black, and greenish shade In our compound, they’re straightforward to see – they appear to be in every single place. Each time there may be some tree with fruit, they regularly go there to eat. However additionally they eat bugs. Some folks assume that this fowl is the fowl that’s the most attribute of town of Shanghai.

The Little Egret is the smallest of a number of white egrets that one can see in Shanghai, however the one one which involves our compound. It’s good to have such an elegant-looking fowl visiting us commonly. This fowl likes to remain near water. It usually seems for fish within the little river behind our compound, or it rests on a tree. It generally makes a reasonably unusual croaking noise, a bit as if a canine tries to bark however doesn’t know do it correctly.

The Lengthy-tailed Shrike is probably the most aggressive fowl that may be seen in our compound. It usually sits someplace uncovered on a tree, expecting bugs, frogs, and even small birds to catch. It’s a noisy fowl – generally, apparently the fowl could be very offended. The grownup fowl wears what seems like a black face masks – nearly like a bandit. Above this masks, the fowl is grey; beneath, it’s white and orange-brown. The juvenile seems comparable, however as usually with juvenile birds, the colours are weaker.

The Olive-backed Pipit is a small songbird that in Shanghai can solely be seen in winter – in summer season, it breeds additional north. It has a streaked breast and largely seems for meals on the bottom, usually in small flocks Whereas it’s common round right here in winter, it is vitally uncommon in some components of Europe, for instance in Britain. Birdwatchers there get very enthusiastic about seeing this fowl as it’s so uncommon.

The Oriental Magpie-Robin is a small songbird. Males are black-and-white whereas the females are grayish brown and white. Younger birds look extra like females however are additionally a bit scaly. They’re good singers with good melodies and generally additionally imitate different birds. They eat bugs, which they largely discover hopping round on the bottom. In our compound, we’ve got not less than one pair this 12 months. The photographs present the grownup male and one of many chicks.

The Pink-flanked Bluetail is barely in Shanghai in winter, because it breeds far additional North – even additional than Beijing. However when it will get too chilly there, it comes right here. That’s fortunate for us, as it’s a very enticing fowl, significantly the male that has a really intensive blue shade on a big a part of its physique (the feminine solely has some blue on the tail). Sadly, the male fowl is rather more tough to see in Shanghai than the feminine. This fowl largely stays on the bottom – usually hidden – in search of bugs but in addition some seeds.

The Noticed Dove is a quite common pigeon in Shanghai. It’s a wild fowl, so it’s totally different from the pigeons that are saved by folks as pets (which generally additionally come to our compound). They spend a whole lot of time on the bottom strolling round in a barely humorous waddling approach – they’re in search of seeds to eat. They aren’t very shy however will fly off should you get too near them. In addition they have a really attribute sound, one thing like “coo-coo CRROOO”.

Swinhoe’s White-eye is a small songbird with a really interesting-looking eye. The ring across the eye is white and appears prefer it has been embroidered by a really high quality needle, which provides the fowl its Chinese language identify. Its predominant shade is yellow-greenish, however the stomach is white. It is a small however very energetic fowl that strikes round rather a lot among the many leaves of bushes and bushes, looking for fruit, bugs, and nectar to eat. In our compound, they significantly like a few of the bushes when these bushes have fruit.

The Vinous-throated Parrotbill is sort of a small fowl that strikes round shortly among the many branches – it often doesn’t come out a lot and by no means stands nonetheless for lengthy. That makes it tough to get a superb photograph of the fowl. When you get a photograph, although, you possibly can see that the fowl seems reasonably cute, with its brown head and its longish tail. Like many different birds, when it feels secure, this species likes to take a shower. This helps the fowl clear its feathers and keep in good well being. It additionally seems just like the birds actually take pleasure in doing this.

The White-rumped Munia is a small songbird roughly 10 to 11 cm in size. It has a stubby grey invoice and an extended black pointed tail. The adults are brown above and on the breast whereas the rump is white. They primarily eat grass seed, both immediately from the stem or seed that has fallen on the bottom. In our compound this spring, the fowl was constructing a nest. The male fowl brings the fabric to the feminine, who then builds a messy-looking nest. Sadly, it appears the birds later didn’t use this nest. Possibly they have been disturbed by one thing.

If you’re within the practicalities of getting ready such a show, please be happy to contact me or add a remark.