Monday, May 4, 2015

Young Little Spiderhunter in close range

Heliconia psittacorum
 An early morning walk in the park this morning was well rewarded with an encounter of a young Little Spiderhunter.  Before doing some serious harvesting of the oil palm fruits later in the day,  I decided to recce  the area to get some inkling of the tonnage of fruits to be harvested.  Hearing the familiar call of the Spiderhunter at Zone C,  I moved in quietly to get a glimpse.  It was a little bird just learning to fly.  The tiny young bird saw me but was quite friendly and allowed me to come close  for a better view of its soft and not fully developed beak.  It was among the Heliconia psittacorum's yellow bracts and flowers, experimenting with its custom-built beaks.  The trick never fails here.   Plant more heliconias to attract the Little Spiderhunter.  You'll be surprised generation after generation will make the  park their home.  Here are up-close and  personal pictures of the young chick.

Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)
Location : Zone C

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