“A female Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) was so engrossed in its nest building that it either did not notice or ignore my presence when I was doing my usual round in the evening of 5th February. It flew towards me and landed on my condo perimeter fence just about 10 feet away. There were dead climbing plants entwined in the fence wire. It pulled and tugged at the dried stems and curling tendrils, at times using the body weight with the feet pivoting on the wire for added strength. Such animal intelligence (below left). The whole event was over in just about half a minute.
“Subsequently, I took a close look at the climber/s (above right). It seemed that there are two species, one with green stem and the other one having a darker green and approaching brownish red colour. On the other hand, it is also possible that they are of the same species, the stems turning to darker colour as they grow and mature. The berries as seen in the image is just about the life size, comparable to the fruit size of, say, Salam (Syzygium polyanthum).”
Sun Chong Hong
10th February 2011