We are extremely fortunate that our rooftop garden attracts a variety of birds. Our regular visitors include the Olive-backed sunbirds, Brown-throated sunbirds, Zebra Doves and Yellow-vented Bulbuls. Occasionally we get Oriental-white eyes and Scarlet-backed flowerpeckers. The Olive-backed sunbirds, last year, made a nest in our balcony and we had the pleasure of watching the whole process, from the nest being built to the chicks being fed and taken care of. It was always a dream of mine to see the bulbuls raise their chicks in our home as well! It was so exciting, to see, a few days ago, a juvenile Yellow-vented Bulbul sit on the mulberry tree in our balcony and the parent to come and feed it. We thought that it would just be a one-time visit from the juvenile, but little did we know that we would see not one but two juveniles visit our home almost everyday for the next few days (still counting!) We leave fruit pieces like papaya and apple for them in a pot. They stay on the trees and pots of our garden and balcony from early morning to late afternoon, while the parents get the food and feed them. One of the parents usually takes the fruit we leave in the pot, and the other parent flies off to get worms or berries! Patiently waiting for their parents to come and feed them: When the parents come nearby, the juveniles open their beaks and chirp wildly with excitement. It is hilarious to watch them turn from cute, innocent creatures to crazy and eccentric! We feel like the parents chose our home as a place to take care and feed the juveniles because they’ve always loved our garden, the variety of fruit trees, and also the fruit pieces/cores that are left for them. Maybe they also feel it is safe! Or so I’d like to think 🙂 The juveniles may fight over food, but eventually the sibling rivalry wears off and they take a moment to cuddle. It’s such a joy to watch the feeding, that one second where the parent carefully places it in the juveniles mouth for it to swallow. I finally got a picture of the two chicks and one of the parents together. It was like a beautiful family portrait, but it was just missing the other parent (which was probably on the hunt for some protein-filled worms!) Mommy/Daddy, are you going to feed us or not? Landing on the tree like a boss! I always take the pictures from either inside my home or at a safe distance so that the juveniles and bulbul are not scared/uneasy of me. The bulbul family is still coming to our home every day. The juveniles seem big enough to eat by themselves, but are still waiting to be fed. I’m sure the day will come soon when they’re all grown up and independent! Do wait for the next blogpost with some video footage of the bulbul family!