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Dad's back

These two hungry Olive-backed Sunbird chicks get very excited everytime they see their father flying back with food for them

Unlike us, who usually work from 9 to 5 The male Olive-backed Sunbird starts feeding his young from the break of day til the sun almost disappear over the western skies.

Together with the female, both of them would fly back and forth from the nest in search of food for their ever hungry offsprings

Adult Olive-backed feeds on nectar. They feed their growing young with protein-riched insect meals as nutritional supplement. This is nature's way of ensuring the chicks grow up fast and leave the nest soonest possible for safety reasons and also to relief their parents

of the laborious task of frequent feeding.

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The largest mouth wins when come to receiving food.

A male Olive-backed Sunbird delivering much needed food to his hungry chicks

Both chicks fledged successfully...a happy ending for this sunbird family...another episode in the circle of life....

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Olive-backed Sunbird nesting process

The nest building process is done entirely by the female.

The nest can take anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks to construct depending on the availability of nesting materials and how hardworking is the female.

Once the nest is fully completed and she is totally satisfied with it. She will contact her mate and inform him of the completion of their home. He would probably take a look that its construction conformed to specifications (ISO99000SB). Once everthing goes well, they will kick start the mating process Just how often and intense is the mating is anyone's guess, but I'm sure they have a great time together.

She would return to lay her fertilised eggs(1 or 2) about a week later. The incupation would take another week to complete. She would leave the nest to take short meal and toilet breaks in between, sometimes to socialise with friends and also to gossip about other sunbird couples.....I think they do complaint a little about we taking their photos without their prior approval.

Once the chicks have hatched, she would quickly make contact with her husband and both of them would take turns to feed the youngs until they are ready to fledge in about 2 to 3 weeks.

They kiss each other goodbye and fly separate ways(may not be true)

End of nesting....

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Taken on June 1, 2013