Posts Tagged ‘nest’

The Robin Nursery, Creve Coeur, 160613

June 18, 2013

They may be the most common birds here, but babies are still fascinating….

At the home of friends in Creve Coeur, a pair of American Robins have nested and there are two nestlings, with an egg yet to hatch.

They’ve nested just below the sundeck, and the parents were not worried at all about predators..or photographers. But photography was a challenge, through the gap in the wooden slats!


I’ve cropped out the distracting slats, in some of the photos below.

Here’s a close up of one nestling:


The size of those mouths, in relation to the bodies. gives an idea of the importance of food!



Here’s the parent, with a tempting morsel:


Alas, when I could focus on the bird, in macro mode, the babies went out of focus!


Such little scraps of life …


Even the wings are so embryonic:


From such fragile-looking creatures come the next generation of Robins…and since these birds are to be found in plenty, it’s obvious that they are not as fragile as they look!

Picture of Domestic Felicity….

May 4, 2009

Yes, I do know doves in St Louis are plentiful to the point of becoming pests (like rock pigeons are in Bangalore)…but still, at the Botanical Center, when I saw this sight, it felt very nice indeed!

nesting mourning doves botanical center st L 260409

Those are MOURNING DOVES…these two certainly don’t have a lot to mourn about; their nest is not likely to be disturbed or predated in the middle of the Botanical Center!

And if you want to see the kind of “atoot bandhan” (unbreakable tie) that they share…

atoot no.plate 010509 st l

Hey, beast_666, I am waiting for some more from you!

As I said earlier..the way two creatures find each other and share a special bond, beyond everything else, is one of the most mysterious and beautiful things I know.

Talk about bird-brained….

April 26, 2009

The nesting instinct, they say, is an utter imperative; the propogation of the species, and reproduction, is too great an urge to be ignored.

But sometimes, the place chosen is NOT the best.

This CANADA GOOSE (Branta canadensis) chose the edge of the car park in the St Louis Hindu temple to build her nest; and here she is, obviously incubating at least one egg:

nesting canada goose 250409 st L temple

I wonder if geese *always* nest on the ground in this way? The entry


gives this interesting answer:

Because Canada geese nest in a wide variety of sites, their cover
requirements are not very specialized or specific. Nesting sites that
offer good visibility of the surrounding area, protection from
predators, and are fairly close to the water (within 1 to 94 meters) are
usually adequate enough to support a viable population of geese.
It is possible that fidelity to nesting sites is so strong that the type
of cover chosen, whether shrub or grassland, is almost irrelevent (sic) in
parts of Alaska. Instead, nesting success may depend heavily on the
absence of predators.”

Some children came up behind me as I took the snap, and I think the tongue coming out was the equivalent of a goose “hissing”, defending nest and young. But she made no other move, passive or aggressive, towards the children, whom I turned back, anyway.

Perhaps, we thought, this was a good place because only devotees come here…but then, chaibacca pointed out that if any of the dogs from the adjoining properties should get loose, it would be short shrift for the goose, her nest, and the nestlings.

All I can do is…hope that doesn’t happen!

Well, I know nest photography is a “no-no”, but I am hoping that this will warn all St Louis temple-goers to avoid this bird and her nest…and I really don’t think I am putting this bird in any more danger than she has brought upon herself by her (bird-brained) choice of site!

more about Canada Geese and their nests here

Weaver Ants

April 27, 2007

Everywhere, if one looks up into the trees, one can see the handiwork of Weaver Ants . These industrious creatures build really marvelous nests, “weaving” leaves together to make nests….read about it on the Wiki entry.

We saw some lovely weaver ants’ nests, while we were visiting the beach at Kannur, Kerala, after the wedding of mmk. (Yes, can you beat it, we actually went in the middle of a hot summer’s day to a humid beach..and it was well worth it– it is the Cantonment area, with many old, lovely buildings and trees, and a very beautiful, squat old lighthouse!) DS snapped them with the macro function of his camera…those little cameras they make now are superb….and here’s a bunch of the weaver ants, busy building their home:

Pic by Derek Shaffer

Weaver Ants building their nest, Kannur Kerala, 21 Apr 07

Obviously, a lot of work goes into the construction. Here’s a view of one of the complete nests:

Pic by Derek Shaffer

Weaver Ants' Nest

The leaves of the eucalyptus are so deftly folded over, and a lovely home built by co-operation, hard work and diligence…which is the way lovely homes get built, all across the animal kingdom, from Homo Sapiens to Oecophylla smaragdina!

Something I have been putting off…

March 22, 2007

Another sad ending… a few days ago, I came back from a trip and eagerly went to look at the coconut palm….and found no eggs in the nest or female kite, either…and over a period of time, I realize that the eggs have probably been predated (by crows?) and the female kite has abandoned the nest….

Mrs B Kite and her babies

March 6, 2007

Here’s the update; Mrs B K has been bringing some fresh upholstery for her nest, but it doesn’t seem to make a major difference to Egg A and Egg B, her to-be children….

Here she is, looking them over…

Black Kite 6 Mar 07 three

And then, off she goes on another quick trip before she can be missed:

Black Kite 6 Mar 07 two

This is the only reasonable shot I got, of both Mama and Papa together. (They are both at the nest for only fleeting seconds!)

Just waiting for the chicks to hatch….!

Black Kite 6 Feb 07 one

Mr and Mrs B Kite, update

February 26, 2007

The past few days, I have watched, riveted, as Mrs Black Kite calls each morning…and Mr BK arrives with morsels in his mouth which he lays out on the palm fronds; she comes out, eats them, and it’s back to the nest for her.

By the time I rush into the other room, get the camera and bring it out on to the balcony, mealtime is over…

But today, I left the camera right on the balcony (not a wise thing to do because of the sun pouring in.) And the whole morning, the male did not appear.

So just now, Ma’am decided to go out and get a snack for herself…I guess she figured that with the sunshine on the eggs they would keep warm enough for a while. I must say, she wasn’t gone long though….I wonder if she did find something to eat after the long night vigil…

Kites nest update three

But while she was gone, I thought I would let you all share the sight of the eggs…there was one earlier, now there are two…

And if you please, the sponge and towel have been accesorized by….someone’s leather wallet! (You can see it in the nest). If you look at the right of the photograph you will see a green coconut as well…

Watch this space for further developments, and hope that I have the camera handy, too!

The story of Mr and Mrs M. G. Hornbill

February 20, 2007

At Dandeli, this time, we were treated to a lovely family drama, more riveting than any soap opera one could see on the idiot box! Let me introduce the hero and heroine:

MalabarGrey Hornbills

The rest of the Hornbill Story…click here!

The Black Kite Nest

February 14, 2007

In my ongoing coverage of the home of the B.K’s, here’s Mrs B.Kite sorting out some further furnishings for her home….

Mrs BK decorating her home

Reminds me, I must change the sofa upholstery too..thank goodness, I will not be laying an egg soon, though!

Home opposite my balcony…

February 12, 2007

First of all, an explanation. Some of my wildlifer friends don’t ever post nest photographs, for several valid reasons:

1. Photography disturbs the birds in the nest.

2. The presence of the photographer could alert predators to the nest site.

3. The nestlings would also be distracted and disturbed.

However, in thie case, these reasons don’t apply, because:

1. The birds have built their nest even though they see us in the apartments every day, so they are not disturbed by my photography.

2. I am sitting inside my home and not intruding on the nest or its environs in any way; the nest is right outside my balcony, on a coconut palm. (You can see the coconuts among the fronds.) And the nest is on a busy road, too.

3. It is obvious from the proliferation of the black kites in Bangalore that the nestlings are not easily disturbed.

So, for my own documentation, I will be posting photographs of the black kites, with the mother in the nest, faithfully incubating her egg.

Here’s the first picture; you can see the egg under the bird and even more remarkable, you can see the piece of sponge that has been used in the nest…talk about soft comfort for the baby!

Black Kite nest...Feb 8, 07, Casa Ansal

And here’s another, where she is shooing away a rock pigeon which was trying to venture close….

bladk kite opening her mouth

Today I couldn’t see the sponge, but found a fairly large towel in the nest….my, the decor does change! Will post another pic soon.

My friend AMS tells me that crows often predate the nest of kites and eat up the egg…so will keep a watch out for this!