Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bulbuls of Pondicherry

The family of bulbuls has fledged. My sister- and nephew-in-law have watched over a nest of four red-vented bulbuls outside their flat in Pondicherry in southern India. They were worried that the noisy chicks would attract stray cats or that one of many snakes in the yard would find them. After the chicks hatched it seemed like just a few days before their feathers emerged and just as fast the nestlings grew so big to overwhelm their nest. Three of four young survived to leave the nest and fly to trees in the yard. The photo series follows.

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