I consider myself lucky to have the chance to follow up the post fledging for the past 2.5 weeks. Poor Iora has been feeding their foster chick constantly. Until today, I am not surprised to watch the Iora faithfully feeding the chick because my previous records shown Iora will leave the fledging when it was approx. 3 weeks. Fledging is growing very fast. The size of the fledging is almost double on the day I picked up from the ground and also the day it walk/fledged out from the nest (6/7/14). They think the tail is approximately 1.5cm longer now.
Also, I noticed the Banded Bay Cuckoo adult/s was nearby watching and guarding the fledging. Occasionally the adult Banded will make a call. If any other birds will come near the chick the Banded adult will fly in and chase the bird away before while the Ioras were searching for insects. I really hope this time I can get a chance to take a shot when the Banded adult flies near the fledging. Also when the Iora knew is time to leave the chick to be independents, Banded adult/s will continue to feed the fledging. I know this is a very important photo I have to shoot on it and I hope luck will be with me this time. Otherwise I will have to wait for another year. This procedure has been witnessed since 2012 & 2013.
Remarks – every year almost same period I would get a chance to see the Iora fostered a Banded Bay Cuckoo’s chick. The past 2-3 years I missed to see Iora feeding the cuckoo’s chick because the timing for me to observed another 2 important nests and another rare species forced me to ‘skip’ this rare observations. This time I really took 6 months out to watch this pair very closely by following them every week and when the nest are fully constructed I followed up almost every day until they abandoned 2 nests that are already built. They only accept the third nest (only the Iora knew why) and finally settled down with both taking turns to sit on the egg/s and not knowing they sat on the cuckoo’s egg.
Unfortunately when the cuckoo’s egg hatched (I knew it) I cannot carry on staying there because there are 3-4 poachers very near the nest trapping for the Spotted Dove. The Iora nest is so low (less than 6 feet above the ground level). To avoid being noticed by the poachers, all I can do my best was driving my car around pretend looking for other birds. Lucky prior to the chick fledged, I got the chance to observe the last two days on the feeding until the chick walk/fledge out from the nest. The ‘menu’ they had for the chick was amazing. All these were be publish out on Suara Enggang.
I also believed I am watching the same pair yearly based on the small vicinity they occupied. The few (4-5) jackfruit trees they choose to build the nest, frequents resting and roosting tree. Of course I won’t be 100% sure is the same pair. There are so many pairs at this place. I don’t remember I see any of their offspring/s during their feeding period. Yes, I do saw other pairs feeding and guarding their offspring from the nest to fledging. I might make a wrong judgement too. Since 2011-2014 I never miss to see them fostering cuckoo at the same site. The only different is the nest is on another jackfruit tree which is next to each other.
Previous recorded – Common Iora fostering Banded Bay Cuckoo
2009 – July (12/7)
2011 – May (12/5)
2012 – June (5/6)
2013 – Mar/April (28/3)
2014 – June nesting. July, chick fledged (6/7)
Sharing few images taken this morning. You can see very clear the fledging size is almost double the Iora. All images are PS and cropped.
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