Saturday, November 2, 2013

Olive-backed Sunbird making nest

Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)

 On this trip to Kuching, we are fortunate to have the chance to see the Olive-backed Sunbird darting to and fro in the garden in its attempt to perfect its nest.  I could see the male watching her from a vantage point in the garden.  It is the female that is busy bringing in the finer material to do the finishing touches.  I discovered that the nest is hung from a small branch of the Eugenia oleina tree which is planted at the back portion of the garden.  The nest is flask-shaped and is composed of twigs and glass blades.  Below are pictures taken today of the female bird in flight, inside the nest and hovering just outside it too.  With the presence of the nesting behaviour it shows that the garden is attractive and comfortable to the birds.
The Eugenia oleina tree is just next to the tall Carpentaria palm.  Presently the oleina tree is in flushing stage, giving out a range of beautiful young leaves in colours of yellow, orange to red.

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