Saturday, April 18, 2009

Nesting

We came home from a hike today to find that a red-whiskered bulbul had built a nest in the 'ohia tree by the back door. This tree is very short and separated from the end of the couch by only a louvered window, so we're up close and personal with the nest, which is only about four feet off the ground. Now the question is going to be, how can we watch these birds without driving them off permanently? The nest is round and cuplike, with three speckled eggs:

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I got this picture by sneaking up and shooting when the bird was off the nest. Here she is on the neighbor's fence:

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These bulbuls are very assertive, not to say rowdy, birds, and ordinarily they appear to fear nothing. But a nest is something else entirely. We'll try to stay away from her except when we need to get our bicycles out. The only shot I could get of her actually sitting on the nest was from inside the house, through the louvered window and its screen:

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This is one where it's worth clicking through for the large version. What to do? We hope this means we'll get to see the young'uns hatch, and fledge, and fly. But it doesn't always work out that way, of course. We'll do our best to make sure it's not us getting in the way.

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