Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Guests, A Tailor bird Family (Part III)

This high pitch calling of the tailorbird which had already lingered for more than two weeks was so obvious to me now, so much so that I could tell where they were the moment I woke up. And because of the calling, I did not have any problem to spot them wherever they were, the only problem was to put them into pictures because they were sometimes too far away from me.

I was at my car porch when the tailorbird was calling in my neighbor’s garden. Both of us struggled. It struggled because I was assumed to be a threat on its way to the nest. I struggled as whether to leave it alone or not.

Then came the male who could not help to break the deadlock too; though both sexes are very identical, the male Tailorbird has a long central tail feather which I had a hard time to identify, but I strongly believed that it was a male. And
Ann, I am sure the male tailorbird is never like some of us: go gallivanting when he is needed at home. He does take turn to feed the baby birds.

The chicks enjoyed a variety of food that includes caterpillars, grasshoppers, bugs and so on. I do not know whether to feel proud about this: my neighbourhood is full of all these.

“Please go away”.

“Yes, I am done. I am leaving now”.

“See you.”

23 comments:

Loshini said...

Another entertaining post, rainfield :) The first and last two pictures made me smile...

Icy BC said...

I like your pictures, and I like your story. It's great to observe the birds so close like this..I click "save" :-)

Cheryl said...

Great photos of both mom and dad. I have enjoyed following this adventure!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Rainfield, I am enjoying this journey and look forward to the events each new day brings. The photos are wonderful and your little family is so cute :)

Out on the prairie said...

The tailor bird appears as possibly a wren. A song starts your day out right, i like to try and imitate a few and see if they will call back.

Anonymous said...

Just like the others, I enjoy reading and looking at the photos. Looks like we are having a "reality show" of the Tailor Bird Family here. wink* keep it up.

George said...

You got some wonderful pictures of the dad bringing dinner to his family. I hope we will see more of this Tailor bird family in the days ahead.

Mei Teng said...

Male birds also have family responsibilities! :)

betchai said...

i enjoyed this post immensely Rainfield, it is difficult indeed sometimes to let go of our struggle to let them be :)

Ratty said...

Another fun post about these Tailor birds. I'm glad there is plenty of food around for the babies.

Kirigalpoththa said...

This post and previous ones remind me of the Purple-rumped Sunbirds who came frequently to a house in Colombo suburbs.

Bengbeng said...

u get a a chance to watch them grow up

Mike said...

Hi rainfields, I just had a visit from my Tailorbird, he's getting quite brave(came near the office window)however he is still quite camera shy!

Nice pics again.

AVCr8teur said...

I hope your new family will stay a long time because of the good eats in the neighborhood. They perform more than family duties, but entertainment for us.

Life Ramblings said...

it must have been fun to watch them grow in abundance. :)

Prasanth Iranikulam said...

Nice finding...

rainfield61 said...

Loshini:
Your piece of cake also makes me smile.

Icy BC:
If we can click "save" everything that we love, wow, so good.

Cheryl:
I know, because I have enjoyed as well.

Poetic Shutterbug:
I'll bring you more and more interesting findings. Stay tune. and smile each and everyday.

Out on the prairie:
Yes, you are right, the tailorbird is wren-like.

Anonymous:
Wink********, nice to see you.

George:
The baby bird is going to be more and more interesting in my posy. I did have some good days with it.

Mei Teng:
Of course, not all the men behave in a "gallivanting" way.

betchai:
It happens frequently in our life, and we keep struggling. Sigh...

Ratty:
If there is still plenty of food around, I'll have all types of bird around.
So good.

Kirigalpoththa:
Nice to have this information. Have a good day.

Bengbeng:
You have many chances to watch many others growing up. Life is full of fun.

Mike:
My tailorbird was quite nervous when face-to-face with me. Just short of time to train them.

AVCr8teur:
The baby birds will be full-fledged
very soon. They won't stay a long time. Good times are always short.

Life Ramblings:
Yes, very fun, enjoyable and happy observin new things.

Prasanth Iranikulam:
Happy and safe landing when you are flying around.

CH said...

You always manage to find wonder wherever you are.

Any secret?

Diane AZ said...

Lovely pictures and story. It's nice that both parents share in taking care of the little ones.

Ginnymo said...

Great photos of that little bird Rain!! Never heard of that kind of bird but they are cute.

Harumi said...

Yep, I too noticed the same.. that both birdie parents are truly committed towards their children.

These pics are really amazing too. Especially the 3rd one, it looks really artistic.

Sharkbytes said...

You got some good pics, despite the stand off. I learned last week that even birds that eat seeds will feed their babies insects and worms because they need the protein.

RNSANE said...

I am glad that papa shares in the feed and the foraging for food. As the babies grow, I'm sure their hunger does as well. Yummy, tasty morels!