Thursday, November 21, 2019

While we were away

When we were not at home, these birds decided to make a nest in our garden. This is not the first time the Scaly Breasted Munia has nested here. 




I had seen earlier (about nine years ago) how feverishly they gather the green long blades to weave a nest which has an opening on the side. Usually the opening is facing the wind direction. By the time the eggs are laid the leaves dry up and the nest has a messy look from outside , probably acting as a camouflage. 


During the course of a week, I managed to capture a few shots of the parents and their young ones. 
Here you can see the young one having a look at the outside world 



Here you can see the three young ones, probably frolicking outside the nest when the parents are away. 


I am assuming these are the young ones as there is a prominent white moustache on all three, which is missing in the adult Munia.
The adults usually takes a halt outside and make sure the coast is clear before slipping into the nest.  Here you can see her perched on the tapioca stem 


The sound you hear in the video is the ambient sound.


24 comments:

trees said...

Only with a great deal of patience can one get such clear pictures of birds.

Andrew said...

Lovely to see. I hope they are native species.

Unknown said...

Lovely!

Gaurav Dutta said...

Absolutely delightful. Had some of these in our garden also.

Liz A. said...

Nature at its best.

Anonymous said...

What a painstaking and patient effort to make this video. So enjoyable - Aiman Wordsworth

CAntony said...

What a lovely post!

Unknown said...

So lovely, your blogs are a delight to many. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

So amazingly beautiful and you two are blessed to have them in your home. Thanks for sharing - Jennifer D'souza

Vallypee said...

That's really beautiful. I love the intimate detail in these photos.

Unknown said...

Good photos.

Sami said...

So nice to have birds nesting in our gardens. I only get doves and wagtails nesting in my garden. So cute to see the little ones peeping outside the nest.

Anonymous said...

Good one Joey - Deepak Purandare

Jeanie said...

These birds are exquisite -- both as creatures of nature and through your wonderful photography. Lost the nesting photos especially.

Anonymous said...

Nice, that bird has a unique look and your garden looks like a mini jungle, really nice look - Sindhu George

Jax said...

Oh what a pretty bird to see through the window

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Yaar, tusi great photographer ho. Really Joe - Sasi Iyer

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How sweet they are and how lovely that they feel so safe in your garden. There are quite a few birds nesting around here and they get a bit fierce if you get too close 😊

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blog about Munia superstar. Great photography and video. Needs really lot of patience to capture all these nature's gift. Thanks for sharing - daisy Kanattu

KParthasarathi said...

When you said the opening of the nes is generally facing the wind,I cannot but admire the meticulous method in their building.Their waiting outside the nest before entering shows the precaution.Nature or God if you like.has endowed even small creatures some skills to survive in this tough world.
Thanks for the interesting post.

Nas said...

Wow, they look so cute. Thanks for sharing!

ashok said...

Adorable!

Annette said...

Awesome, nice to see people who pay attention to these little beautiful sights of nature in this very busy world

Giancarlo said...

Una buona serata e una felice domenica a te.