30 Sep '11, 5am

Stretching Dollarbird (by @mantamola)

Stretching Dollarbird (by @mantamola)

Saw this pair of Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis ) perched on this high vantage point waiting for any flying insects for breakfast. Dollarbird got their name for the 2 silver spots on their underwing when they fly. Looks like the bird on the right equally puzzle by the sudden actions of the bird on the left. The bird trying to open (stretch) it's mouth as wide as possible without making any noise or call. My curiosity was answered when the bird come back with one huge prey! From the hard elytra of the prey, this insect was indeed are dollarbirds' favourite food - beetle! The bird on the right just look on but did not show any sign of interest or looking for free food. After the attempt to swallow the beetle fair, the bird whack the beetle hard on the tree branch. Some fluid was seen splashing but not sure is from the bird or the beetle. The bird did not manage to swallow...

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