January 9, 2002
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Kingfisher

Here's a White-throated Kingfisher that was flycatching near our apartment. Making a living as a flycatcher in Singapore in January seems like a tough proposition. Despite downpours, there's not much standing water and not too many insects.

The exuberance of many of the birds (even the ubiquitous mynahs, an alien species nearly as intrusive as the rock dove but much nicer) and the flowers and palms and all the rest are impressive. Flower beds appear overnight at the university, and in a few days they're part of the landscape.