The Yellow-bellied Prinia

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I went digital hunting yesterday. While standing on the upper rail of a steel pipe fence, leaning against a five-inch thick tree which was the only thing between me and an eight-foot drop to the road on the other side of it, I waited and waited. Suddenly, an unnatural movement of the twigs in the bushes ahead of me caught my eye and I watched and readied my camera. A few twitches later, I spotted the small bird, rustling through the bushes looking for food. He wasn't a variety that I recognised and I therefore hoped more than ever to get a decent photograph of him before he left.

Suddenly, he decided to leave; possibly aware that I was just ten feet from where he was foraging for food; but he needed to find out where his partner was. He flew up onto a thin bare trunk protruding from the grass and called out to his partner who replied immediately from the other side of the road. Another thirty seconds and he was gone, but not before I had photographed him a few times. Here is what I consider to be the best of those photographs.

Yellow Bellied Prinia

Yellow-bellied Prinia 灰頭鷦鶯

(Prinia flaviventris)

Date: 9 January 2007, Location: Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong

There is another variety of the Prinia known as the Plain Prinia, but I'm pretty sure that this one is a Yellow-bellied Prinia based on the yellow in his tummy region.

The blue behind him is not the sky but rather hills blurred by the particulate pollution (and the lense's DOF) now pervasive here in Hong Kong.

The image has been cropped to about a third of the original image. He was too small and too far away to photograph at a decent size with my 300mm (x1.6 = 420mm) lense.

For a 750x500 version, click here.

Just for fun, here is a photo of the prinia while he was foraging for food. Can you see him?

Yellow Bellied Prinia in hiding


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9 Responses to “The Yellow-bellied Prinia”
  1. Kit Kat says:

    Wow you do take great photos of birds in could be a wildlife photographer hahahahahaha.

    In London we have boring birds such as Magpies, Robins, Blue Tits, Crows, urban seagulls, Sparrows, and Pidgeons as known as 'the Flying Rats'

    Have fun photographing.

  2. yinyin says:

    ha~ nice pictures~ hehehe i spotted de bird in the second pic~ It was quite fun reading your new update, but it was quite sad when i read the bit about pollution. Well, i guess it is a bit too late not matter how we trys, the pollution have damaged the envionment and this gets worse~ Sad....
    Oh, i was watching 15/16 today, and unexpectly i saw you appeared in the show~ But it is not your turn to answer the question yet, today is Bowie's turn~ And tomorrow will b urs.... cant wait~

  3. jenny leung says:

    Yes, he is very lovely.

  4. 河國榮 says:

    Kit Kat,

    we have magpies, robins, great tits, crows, sparrows, etc too but they're definitely not boring. They each have their own shape, colours, songs, personality, flying pattern, and more. One of my goals is to photograph the personalities of the birds but it's not easy because much of their personality is seen through their movement.

    next time, spend a little time to watch a couple of those 'boring' birds a little longer. they might surprise you.

    the pigeons of the other hand... when there are too many of them, their behaviours differ and they can become more of a pest than an attraction. the same is true for seagulls in seaside towns, and starlings in England/Scotland.

    Yin Yin,

    I'll use a more challenging picture for you next time, one where the bird is much harder to see ;-)


    Ho Kwok Wing

  5. Kit Kat says:

    I onced accidently took a picture of two pidgeons mating when I was supposedly taking a picture of a grey squirrel......they were just doing it infront of me. Interesting though.

    Kit Kat

  6. Sophie says:

    What a gorgeous photo of the prinia :) Am about to uproot myself from 17 years of living in Sydney and moving back to HK to work. I hope I'll get to see a bit of nature underneath the blanket of pollution :)

    Has anyone noticed that HK actually looks grey on Google Earth?


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  8. enus says:

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  9. wengchun says:

    Hi. I'm surprise to find a blog posting on a hongkong bird. nice catch! and i do agree with you that it is a yellow-bellied prinia.