Another successful Black-throated Mango's nesting for this year.
During nesting season the Black-throated Mango's are for sure in command when it comes to taking care of the next generation. Here is another mango's nesting observation.
This female Black-throated Mango was spotted a bit closer to the lodge. She was often seen near the feeders, but I had no clue that she was also busy making a nest. Her strange behavior was noticed on August 5, 2016 when I saw her hovering above one of the citrus trees. At first I thought she was hawking for some flying insects but soon it showed that she was only collecting more nest material; cob webs.
As there are a lot of trees and branches near the lodge it took me another 12 days to finally spot her nest. That was on August 17, 2016 when I followed her from one of the feeder directly to her nest. It was well hidden between all the mope leaves. If she wasn't sitting in her nest I would surely not have spotted her nesting.
At the time that I knew she was nesting I was also covering other hummingbirds nests so I decided to give them all some space too. On September 12, 2016 I noticed that she was feeding her hatchlings. In this picture you can't see both of them quite clear.
So I decided to wait another few more days until they have grown a bit bigger. On September 22, 2016 I took this picture of mother while feeding her nestlings.
In this picture you can clearly see that the nest started to get a little too small to fit both of them inside. On September 23, 2016 I discovered an empty nest. Both had fled from their old home.
During the incubation period, the female had to endure a lot. She had made her nest in quite an inconvenient spot. Right above the branch Black Vultures and Caracara's were always seen playing rough with each other. From time to time she even had to control the situation by trying to chase them away from that spot, but in the end it was well worth it for her.
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