Monday, 4 April 2011

New Life - Easter comes early

Update from my previous blog entry about the birds building the nest on my balcony. The nest was built pretty fast in about 4 days, after which the birds seemed to disappear, until one day I saw a familiar beak sticking out of the nest.
Laying/Incubating the Eggs
I knew that the eggs had hatched when one morning, I didn't see the mother bird in the nest. So I took a closer look and saw the beak of the chick sticking out.
Closeup of the Nest
And sure enough, during the day I see the two parent birds flying to the nest, I hear the hungry chirps of the chicks as they bring them food.
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Father Feeding the Chicks
Mother Feeding Chicks
Mother Feeding the Chicks
Mother Feeding Chicks 02
Closeup of the Mother
Closeup of the Father
Off to find more food
The two parents fly back and forth the whole day to find and bring food back to feed their chicks.
This is where I have to stand to take the photos.
One thing this has taught me is patience. As the opening of the nest is facing out of my balcony, I have to take the photos from the window in the bathroom. And as the hungry chicks devour the food their parents bring them, each stopover lasts less than 10 seconds. So I have to stand on the chair in the bathroom, holding my hand up with the camera sticking out of the window, patiently waiting for the parent bird to fly in. As I can't look out the window, I have to rely on the chirping of the chicks to tell me when the parent bird is there. And if I'm too slow, it is another 5-10 minutes of waiting before the next feed. So I stand there praying that the birds will be able to find food quickly.


alveolate said...

Bro! What species is that? Looks completely awesome! Also... How u know which Is father which is mother? 

Terence said...

I posted the photos on my facebook, and a friend identified it as olive-backed sunbirds. A quick search on google & wiki showed the male has a dark blue/black throat.
Also the one sitting in the nest has a yellow throat, has to be the mother hatching the eggs. Nature knows best.