Mike and I were very disappointed when we returned home from Yunnan and found our yellow vented bulbuls had all left home. Now we could finally empathise with what people mean by ’empty nest’ syndrom.
The feeling did not last long though, not because our kids are still living at home and that there are thousand and one thing they expect their poor parents to do for them whenever they clicked their fingers. It was more so because we noticed that our sunbird was still around, sometimes sitting inside its nest.
Sunbird is very tiny, and it’s nest is about the fist size of a man. The fact that the nest hangs on a thin branch on my pot of bouganvilla means it’s rather light as well. It was a challange to see if there are any eggs in there and we gave up, as the nest looks really fragile.
Yesterday, Mike was delighted to see the parents taking turns to feed the chick. (We can’t tell if there is one or two.) The male sunbird, larger and with a blue neck, takes turn with the female to feed the baby with worms, insects and even tiny lizards. They also take turns clearing the nest of any wastes.
(Above : Mom’s feeding spider to the chick. Below : Dad’s feeding a juicy worm.)
Amazing, isn’t it?