weekly photo challenge: escape

Late last year, i found a nest in my garden and blogged about it here . I managed to visit the nest everyday and took a lot of photos but wasn’t able to make a follow-up entry about it. With Escape as the new theme for this week’s photo challenge, now is the chance to share with you the photo highlights of my exciting garden finds.

Day 1: I found 2 eggs in the nest.

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day 1

Day 13, i found out that only 1 egg hatched and i couldn’t find the other egg.

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day 13

Day 15, i noticed how remarkable it had grown in just 2 days. I always see mommy bird guarding its baby. When its her time to hunt for food that’s the only time that i could go near the nest to take photos.

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day 15

Day 17, the baby bird is now partially covered with tiny feathers. It had grown much bigger with eyes still partially closed.

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day 17

Day 20, almost all of its skin is now covered with feathers. It had grown bigger and almost occupying the entire nest.

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day 20

Day 22, the whole body is now covered with mature feathers and it’s body is now as big as the nest. It is obviously well-fed, thanks to the devotion of the mommy bird in feeding its young.

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day 22

Day 23, i visited the nest again and found it empty.

I’m sure it had learned how to fly and escaped the boundaries of its nest ready to face the world… and the life cycle continues…

For more photos with Escape as theme, visit the Daily Post.

tagged F: Is my Feathered Visitor a Flowerpecker?

This morning, i was attracted to an unfamiliar tweeting sounds from my garden. Looking up the tree, i was so excited seeing a beautiful bird, yellow and orange bellied with brownish to grayish feathers and tail. It’s the first time i’ve seen this bird in my garden. I googled lots of photos of Philippine birds to identify my feathered visitor and i think it is a Flowerpecker like this photo i’ve seen from a website. I’m sure some of you are fond of birdwatching too and maybe could help me to positively identify this bird.

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Lacking zoom lens, i just cropped the photos and did some photo editing just to highlight the colors of my feathered visitor.

Do you have stories or photos to share tagged F? Visit Frizz’s blog to know more about the story challenge.

photo of the day: a silhouette

Birds love visiting my garden. Yesterday, i managed to capture 3 birds in a row and they are roosting on my telephone cable. The birds made a nice silhouette against the clear blue sky.

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exciting garden finds

While at my garden more than a week ago, i found a nest tucked neatly on the rosal tree.

My rosal tree is just about 5 feet tall and it blooms all year round.

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The nest is still empty but i saw mama bird up on the cable wire, still with a strand of grass on her beak, maybe observing me too while i took these photos.

About 3 days after, i decided to visit the nest again, carefully doing it while the mama bird is out. And look what i found! There are now 2 eggs inside the nest. I marvel at how intricately the bird made its nest.

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From that day on, i’ve been visiting the nest everyday. Mama bird seldom leaves the nest now and she’s continuously sitting on her eggs.

It’s been raining since this morning and i saw the poor mama bird curled up in the nest, unmindful of the bad weather just to protect her eggs from the pouring rain.

I’m very excited! I couldn’t wait to see these eggs hatch successfully and of course take photos of them.

So, what exciting things have you seen in your own garden today?