Cotton Tree (木棉), Bombax Ceiba is a big tree about three stories high and they are planted frequently around the sidwalk in Taiwan. It is a deciduous tree, the flowers, each the size of a man's fist, come out in early Spring before the new foliage. It is not possible to phgotograph the flowers from the ground, they are too high-up. The metro line that I takes regularly is above ground and the station is about two-story high. It gives me a perfect plateform to shot the flowers. This was what I did last Thursday, March 19.
The interesting thing was there were birds came in to eat whatever inside of the flower. Thus I also got the chance to photograph the birds. This is a Lighted-vented Bulbul(白頭翁) also known as Chinese Bulble, Pycnonotus sinensis.
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