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Unread post by salamanda » Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:03 pm

Definitely not an expert Pumbaa but what about juv amethyst?

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:22 pm

Last year I noticed a male Amethyst sunbird active around a complete nest and watched for a week or so to see if any breeding activities were evident. Then, one stormy night the nest got blown off and that was that.

This morning I noticed some movement in the same White Stinkwood and lo-and-behold, the nest was back on exactly the same branch. At 4m high I will have to think a bit about getting good shots of this pair. I saw the male bird hanging around in the general vicinity, but HE wasn't building the nest... Only the female bird brought and added nesting material to the nest. I watched this onesided labouring a little amazed wondering why the male only looked on, not contributing to the nest-building. Some research was called for...

Hmmm... Apparently the male Amethyst sunbird is a real chauvinist! He keeps territorial vigil and may contribute a little to feeding the fledged chicks. Other than that he is ornamental!
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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:54 pm

The nest doesn't look complete to me. Especially the entrance to the castle looks a bit underdone. I guess the toilet paper is the avian equivalent of a red carpet! :lol:

The activities around the nest have changed: Madame Amethyst is no longer adding to the nest any of her potpourri of assorted building materials while Mister Amethyst is all wings aflutter around the nest. Maybe it is his way of showing his approval. Anyway, she is not inside the nest as yet which can mean any one of a million things. So, I’ll have to watch this Soap Opera diligently not to miss the next important nuance in this particular romance…

To get to see the entrance view I have to stand in the middle of a rather busy suburban road. So, I'll try to get a shot of the front end showing that royal entrance early tomorrow morning... :roll:
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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:14 am

It was freezing out there early this morning... Fortunately not too much traffic...

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...but also, no sign of the owners of the potty parlour!

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This is the view facing me when I'm inside the security of my garden. :hmz:
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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:45 am

I found a new angle with a resonable side-on view of the nest from the security of my garden. It is a little tricky hole that must be negotiated through a Bottlebrush, but it immediately produced an image of the hard-working Mrs Amethyst. She is spending a lot of time inside the nest now, I guess to make that part of the nest as comfortable as possible.

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The Boss is still just an observer, albeit an inquisitive one... Checking out the process from a nearby branch...

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by arks » Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:29 pm

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Ladybirder » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:09 pm

Thanks Johan for sharing,can't wait for the those to come :cam: :clap: :clap: :clap: :popcorn:

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:09 am

No sign of the pair this morning. Yesterday they started playing follow-my-leader with her leading the way and him mimicking her every more... lightening fast, so there is no way to record that particular activity. I guess this is the honeymoon stage...
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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:01 am

I found her preening high up in the White Stinkwood this morning. It looked like that was all that was happening... straightening her feathers. All of a sudden the Boss arrived and took the preening as an invitation... :k

Mrs Amethyst held on to her perch as best she could and when the boss hopped off she took off on an erratic flight with him in close pursuit.

I guess the honeymoon is not yet over. :lol:
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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by hilda » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:08 pm

Wow! I just came across this awesome Amethyst Sunbird serial Johan! Can't wait for the next episode! :dance: :dance:

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by barryels » Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:43 pm

Thanks for sharing this fascinating birds with us :clap: :clap: .

Looking forward to the rest of the nest building and hopefully when we return form Kruger there will be little ones around :D .

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:25 am

barryels wrote:Thanks for sharing this fascinating birds with us :clap: :clap: .

Looking forward to the rest of the nest building and hopefully when we return form Kruger there will be little ones around :D .


Nest building is complete. Mrs Amethyst is spending significant time inside the nest, an indication that she has deposited an egg or two. As the time to fledging from the first egg is never less than four weeks, it looks as if I'll miss most of the brood care, but will be back for the fledging event.
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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:42 pm

You are so fortunate to be able to observe this - thanks for sharing, and keep us posted!

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by hilda » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:49 pm

Really hope you will be in time for the fledging event Johan! :dance: :dance:


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