“The law of nature has it that all living things eat to live and be productive… hopefully. Birds too eat to live by foraging and preparing themselves for reproduction – their ultimate purpose.
Very often in any birder’s observation, as soon as birds get their prey/foods, waste no time to eat them as quickly as possible before they lose their hard earned and precious catch/food to other predators or bring to feed their young.
“An interesting observation of a female Brown Barbet (Calorhamphus fuliginosus) decided that life need not be lived out in a hurried manner. Instead, should savour every moment as the time clock ticks away, as good as it gets and as long as it lasts.
“Let’s have a look at these images that I have set up after a pair of Brown Barbets took to a perch branch of a broad-leaved tree kindly identified by Dr Wee to be of an Artocarpus sp.
“Here, the female was left alone to enjoy a generous gift offering of fruit provided by the male in a creative eating and passionate way. Poor back-lighting shots … but serve their purpose I guess (images: top to bottom, left to right).
“Why didn’t the female just eat the fruit there and then instead of picking the fruit onto a branch, took her time and waltzed around it before savouring the gift?
“Is this one of life’s lessons birds are trying to show and teach us… or are we content to living out our lives blindly, boringly and un-purposely filled?”
Avian Writer Daisy O’Neill
24th May 2013
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