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Old May 1, 2011, 5:53 PM   #21
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Very nice series - well done. One needs to be cautious when approaching nests, however - especially hidden ones - making certain that there are no predators watching. Around here (in the USA) one has to watch out for Crows - they are smart and curious birds. If they see you paying attention to a nest they haven't discovered yet, they will investigate to see what you have been doing, find it, and rip it apart to get at the contents. I had a student studying breeding habits of some introduced Manakins (a species of Weaver Bird) which build similar hanging nests, and he learned that lesson the hard way. The Crows quickly learned what he was doing and followed him around as he made his rounds of the nests, so he had to make sure they weren't in sight before he approached any of the nests.
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Old May 5, 2011, 12:35 AM   #22
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Very sad...

The mother has been forced to abandon her nest when an ignorant gardener of the hospital park went directly to the nest and looked inside! He even had the cheek to tell me this morning that he saw one of the eggs have hatched and gestured to me how small the baby bird looked with his finger...

Very very sad....indeed...

----LATEST UPDATE------

Unwilling to believe that everything is over, I went back to the nest again in the afternoon. Still no sign of the mother...But then suddenly, something appeared...the father!!!



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Old May 6, 2011, 6:03 AM   #23
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The eyes are open today...

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So glad to hear they are still alive & thriving, and so glad you continue to share these wonderful images of your "feathered neighbors!" Thanks!!
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Good news indeed! That's one hungry baby by the look of things, and Dad seems to be happy to handle the feeding duties. Hope things continue to work out for them.
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Good news indeed - and a lovely shot !
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Old May 7, 2011, 6:22 AM   #27
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Today afternoon I finally discovered what happened to the mother. Because it has disappeared for a few days, I thought it was probably attacked and eaten up by some predator.

But she suddenly appeared this afternoon! Apparently, she is injured, and cannot feed the chick. The left wing keeps dropping, though she can fly a bit...

Still keeping an eye on the nest from above...



Occasionally coming down to the nest to see how's the baby doing...



Looking out for the father...



The poor mommy - Almost snapped by a chameleon because she couldn't fly well



Thankfully the father is still helping around...



This is difinitely one very hungry baby...
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You got some great shots and quite a story to go with them, very well done

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Frankly, it has been quite an emotional experience for me to see this little family beginning from nest building until this stage.

I sincerely hope that the family will make it. They should have roughly one more week to go.
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The chick really grows very fast. It's only 3 to 4 days, and the feathers are almost full...I think it'll probably leave the nest within these few days.

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