Building a Nest

It seemed so simple.  Back and forth, the Oriental Pied Hornbill flew with mud in its bill, building a nest in a hole in a nearby tree.  But after days of watching their quarrying, flight, and construction, I realized that it is not that simple.  Their day is no easier.  Instead of watching with jealousy of the simplicity of their life, I watched with inspiration of their tireless effort.

Quarrying mud
Finding a gem
Flight to the construction site
Building the nest
Lunch break

6 Comments on “Building a Nest

  1. Where is this? We saw hawks build a large nest in the arms of a saguaro cactus last year. She had 3 babies, 2 of which we got to see learn to fly and take off. A pair of hawks were eyeing the nest this year circling about. But, they didn’t stay and make it a home. Not sure if it was the same pair but after all the work to build the nest seems though someone should use it.

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    • It was on Ko Yao Noi in Thailand. The hotel manager was like a proud parent; happy that the birds had chosen their property to build a nest.


  2. You don’t see those around here! Beautiful birds and fun to observe their business. Makes me sad for some similar birds I saw at the zoo recently who probably have to ignore their instincts to do similar actions.

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