A pair of "Southern" Coucals nesting in my garden has been having it tough.
First, the nest, built atop a coconut tree, was dropped to the ground by a coconut picker; he'd not realised that it was a nest. There were some extenuating citrcumstances for this. The nest was held together by strips of coconut leaves in the outer side. It is normal for coconut pickers to clear area around the coconuts, of dead leaves and things first, before finding the right ones to pick. With its coconut leafy disguise, the nest had been hard to detect for our fellow. (I didn't know that there was such a nest until this accident happened.)
On the grounded nest, were three little devils like this.
One was already dead, probably as a result of the impact of the fall.
I got the coconut picker to put the nest back at its original spot with the two remaining chicks. However, this operation did not work out well as planned; the heavy rains later during the day was one of the reasons.
And that was the end of that.
A few days after this, I found the coucals taking nesting material to a thicket near one of the ponds. Leaf by leaf, they finished the nest with a lot of hard work. I was happy to see them moving on after the tragedy. Sadly, this happiness was short lived, as a Spectacled Cobra predated their eggs.
Startled by the mobbing parent birds, the cobra had dropped itself down to make an escape, only to find a water hazzard.
It was quite graceful on water, yet the pond's wall was too steep for it to make an escape. So I had to fish it out.
And then, it was time for some mug shots!
The full view.
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