The coming of Spring at the Botanic Garden is characterised by the blooming trees and a period of nectar-feeding frenzy for the resident birds. I stationed myself at the Red Silk Cotton tree ( locally called the "Shimul" ) to document the species that visit it's exotic short-lived flowers. The lesser goldenback woodpecker, with its own bright colours, seemed like the perfect suitor to the bright orange flowers.
Woodpeckers, by nature, are fidgety birds and it took me three trips, spanned over three days, to the same tree to finally have a frame that seemed to do justice to the springtime affair of the bird.
I visited the tree at the same time of the day, mainly to take advantage of the crisp lighting conditions, which led to the interesting observation of the regularity of the bird's visit as the woodpecker would magically appear at almost the same time each day.
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