It is the nesting season of the hummingbirds; today it is all about the Black-throated Mango.
The Black-throated Mango is one of the aggressive hummers I've met in Kabalebo. Not afraid to show her strength and chase away others if she has too.
On August 12, 2016 I spotted her at the River Cabin sitting in her nest. A clever little hummer as she used the big leaves like a nice shade during the hot sun. I wasn't sure how long she has been sitting on the nest as I wasn't there since the beginning.
On August 24, 2016 I noticed she was sitting outside her nest and it looks like she was feeding her newborn. Still far too little to be visible.
On August 27, 2016 I noticed two little needles sticking outside the nest. How nice! Two hatchlings for the Mango mother. She wasn't near the nest, probably hawking for some insects.
This was so great to witness; feeding time. On September 7, 2016 I managed to capture this unique moment. The mother was feeding both of her nestlings. They took turns to be fed and she patiently divided the food between the two of them.
Strong little hummers too. While growing up they had to endure the hot sun every day.
On September 10, 2016 she was still feeding both of the siblings and here you can see that the nest became a bit too uncomfortable for them.
Hummers are for sure little engineers. The Black-throated Mango built her nest in a way that it will last until her nestlings are strong enough to fly out. Here you can see that they barely fit inside the nest but are still managing to hold on.
On September 14, 2016 you can see that they both can't wait to fly out, but somehow they still obey their mother to stay inside the disappearing nest.
This was the last picture I took from them, September 18, 2016 before they flew out into the big world. Another successful nesting from the family Black-throated Mango.
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