ZEBRA DOVES – 6. What happens to the third chick?
The chicks are now 12 days old. The parent birds are spending less and less time in the nest, flying in only to feed them. Both chicks demand to be fed at the same time. This results in both the … Continued
ZEBRA DOVES – 5. The chicks are about to fledge
So far so good! The nest and the birds have not been molested. The chicks are now 10 days old and will be fledging soon. There are three of them and the oldest has started exercising its wings. The parent … Continued
ZEBRA DOVES – 4. Perfect camouflage
The nest of the Zebra Doves is a simple platform of twigs lodged between the branches of a Golden Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) tree. This tree a smallish and the nest is slightly above eye level. The crown is sparse, thus … Continued
ZEBRA DOVES – 3. More time to rest
I was right. As the chick grew bigger (now 5 days old), the parent doves spent less time in the nest. The night dove (on duty since last evening) fed the chicks before leaving the nest but the day dove … Continued
ZEBRA DOVES – 2. The saga continues
I was mistaken. Two eggs hatched on the morning of the 29th July, 17 days after I noticed the dove nesting in the Golden Penda tree. When I examined my images taken the next day, two chicks were clearly seen … Continued
ZEBRA DOVES – 1. Hatching of the first egg
I have been observing the activities around the nest of a pair of Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) for the last two week (above left). Every evening at around 5pm, the bird in the nest flew out and its mate flew … Continued
What happened to the Yellow-vented Bulbuls’ chick?
Last month a pair of Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) built their nest among the branches of a Dracaena tree by my bedroom window. The convenience of the location led me to keep watch on the activities of the birds every … Continued
Why bird ecology?
It all started when a pair of Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) built their nest among the branches of a tree in my garden. This is one of the commonest birds around urban Singapore and you don’t need to be a … Continued
Excuse me, are you an Ornithologist?
Excuse me, are you an Ornithologist? – Ramblings of a Wannabe Bird Watcher I am a plant watcher. In fact I am more than a plant watcher. I study plants and I write about plants. A few years ago I … Continued