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Old Apr 9, 2011, 7:07 AM   #11
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Actually, olive-backed sunbirds are known to be pretty bold. According to some internet fact sheets, it says "The Olive-backed Sunbird is very bold and often builds nests close to and even in human habitation (balconies, porches, corridors)...They usually nest low in bushes and trees, but also close to humans and even in high-rise buildings!" (see http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/bird..._jugularis.htm)

Thus far, I'm around 3 to 4 meters away from the nest, and the pair seems to be comfortable with my distance.

Having said that, you may be right about the flash. I'll be more careful with the use of fill-flash. However, shooting in the afternoon with the sun behind me is out of the question as there are too many children around. I do not want them to discover the nest and destroy it.
Sounds good Calvin, they sound like very tolerant birds - good luck !
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Old Apr 10, 2011, 10:44 PM   #12
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A storm hit our area yesterday. There was heavy downpour and strong wind.

Worried that the nest might have been affected, I went to check it out this morning. The garden seems to have taken a beating. Thankfully, the nest is still ok, but it seem to be hanging much lower than before. I hope the thin branch that supports the nest will not break.

The mother came after a while and brought more cotton-like material to beef up the interior, but I did not see the father anywhere. This seems strange because pair is always together.

I hope the father is ok. Another heavy storm is expected to hit the area again later on.

Taken shortly before the Storm arrived yesterday
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Old Apr 11, 2011, 7:05 PM   #13
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Remarks: In the morning, the sun is in front of me, so I had to recover the shadows in PP. Decided to use fill-flash today...but unfortunately, I had to use the on-board flash because I have not bought the Metz 50 yet. In the end , can only shoot in 1/180.

I think it's time for me to forgo my lunch to save up for the external flash...
Hi calvinlo,

Another alternative might be to set up a reflector from close to your vantage point. You could use either white posterboard covered with plastic wrap for weather protection, or aluminum foil for increased reflectance, or both. It doesn't have to be big, just enough to reflect some of the light on the nest. This should not disturb the birds at all, but might give you enough light to negate the need for much PP.

BTW, excellent series!! You're lucky to have such a good vantage point and some cooperative subjects.

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Thanks for the advise abt a reflector. It is a good advise. I'll try it the next time.

I just hope the hospital staffs who pass by don't get too alarmed by me!
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Default Update - Incubation has started

Finally the sun is out this morning! Went to check out the nest again.

Observation - The mother is still frequently out of the nest, probably to feed, but her stay in the nest is now much longer than before. I believe the incubation period has started.

The father, on the other hand, is nowhere to be seen. probably enjoying himself somewhere... I was told that this is normal. The father does not get involve except to inspect the nest (during building phase) and to help in the feeding of the chicks later on.
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After a few days of heavy rain, the nest seems to have taken a beating when compared to the early stage. The 'shade' sheltering the entrance seems to be coming down. I really hope it can holds on to the end.

Faithfully doing her part as a Mother


Sometimes, she will leave the nest for a while to feed
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I really like the second one, you've done a good job with the oof branches in front, keeping them from being distracting.
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Horray...seems that the chicks have hatched. Saw the mommy hanging outside and 'dumping' food into the nest.

Hope these little fellas can pop out their heads for me to take some pictures.
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Good news ! Hope they show themselves whilst you're around.
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Cool! You should have a great time following the family.
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