This morning 28.04.17 #bulbul #birdnest
There are still two eggs. I guess it is the final tally.
By now, I kind of know the bird's habit.
I presumed one of the parents (mama or papa, I cant make sure) will be hatching the eggs from dawn to dusk, till around 7 or 8 o'clock in the morning. Then it will go perhaps to have its breakfast :) but will come back to the nest, from time to time throughout the day.
|Mama or papa bird is busy chasing away the Mynahs|
This morning, I noticed that birds around our garden chirped louder than usual. The birds let out distressing sound, I could tell as it was more high pitch than usual. I soon realized that there were a couple of black feathered Mynahs flying around between the palm trees nearby our home and our garden. They looked busy courting. I think the Bulbul felt threatened and had to defend its eggs. It was not in its nest when I did a quick check. I thought it went looking for food but then I saw it flying around the same area as the Mynahs, perhaps trying to chase away the latter. After 3-5 minutes of commotion, the Mynahs flew away to another area. At the moment, the eggs are safe.
This incident has got me thinking. Besides siblicide, even before hatching, the eggs or the chicks face dangers from predators (other bigger birds, cats, squirrels, lizards, snakes) as well as other natural selection, such as fall off the tree/ nest. Sigh...I guess I should not get too attached to these eggs if I dont want to feel to sad if this episode end with a sad note.
As you can see, the nest is secluded, unassuming, and lodged comfortably in the branch forks of the tree. Can you find the bird in this picture?
The Japanese bamboo tree is the big plant on the right, next to the money plant.