The sturdy nest with a rather large baby bird inside
One parent bird with the baby's meal in its beak
The poor hapless moth would soon provide a wholesome meal for the young Red-eyed Bulbul
The parent watched me intently before it flew down onto the nest to feed the young bird
The young bird is distinguished from an adult by the lack of a red ring around the eye; and of course by its gape
The leaves kept moving and getting in the way of a decent photo, but I'm sure you get the idea of the bird waiting patiently for mama (or papa) to bring its meal
The other parent watched its mate and offspring while keeping an eye on me standing below the nest
On Sunday, Grant showed Joel and Abby the nest and noticed the baby was not in it anymore. It was on a branch nearby with one parent in attendance!
The adult bird flew off while the young one waited
It noticed mama flying back...
Its meal was on the way!
Yum. Down the hatch it went!
Although this bird was being fed protein in the form of a moth, Bulbuls are very partial to fruit. The trees in which the nest was built and the one above, carries juicy berries (now ripe - they're visible in the photos of the adult bird with a moth in its beak). And the Pyracantha shrub which I featured in my post yesterday attracts a multitude of fruit-eating birds, among whom, the African Red-eyed Bulbul.
I haven't seen the youngster since Sunday. Obviously the parents would have fed it a day or two more and then it would be on its own. The African Red-eyed Bulbul has been a common resident in our garden ever since I moved to the Free State in 1994. It's early morning call : Wake-up, Gregory" is a delight to hear.
I'm linking my post to Wild Bird Wednesday here
Happy Wednesday to you all!