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.