10 June 2009
The Maiden Flight
This little bird was seen on his (Let’s call it ’he’) maiden flight from his nest. In fact I had the chance of seeing the little bird from the time he was fed daily by his parents.
The nest was found inside a house in Pepiliyana and the parents selected this unique place as it was totally protected from rain and other natural adversities. There was a kitul tree planted inside the house and the parent birds have built the nest long time ago. This is either the third or fourth batch of children.
I think they belong to the humming bird category (Peni kurulla). I hope Our Birder would be able to enlighten me on the exact type.
It was great watching the daily labors of the bird mother to feed the little one. The father too visited there quite a few times. By the time the bird came out of the nest he was as big as the mother if not bigger.
After some initial struggle he managed to fly away and join his new world!