60/10 method and Crested Barbets

HI All

So, now that we are all working at home, we should all try to follow what Robin Sharma describes in his book entitled “The 5am Club” as the 60/10 method of working. This means that you focus completely on one type of work for a complete hour and then take a 10 minute break. For me today it was checking on my payroll software for one hour followed by a 10 minute sit down in the garden checking out the birding behaviour in my front garden.

When I moved into this house many years ago there was a large Seringa Berry tree just 10 metres away from my verandah. Over the years I have had to chop down some of the larger branches that have grown too big. There is one sawn-off section that a pair of Crested Barbets come back to several times a year to hatch their babies – they have somehow managed to dig into the soft, underlying bark and place a hole that is big enough for their young to hide and grow. I watched today as dad held watch on a leafy overhead branch whilst mom went on numerous trips to collect food (presumably worms?) for the new family. On each return, she would sit a foot away from the entrance looking for predators and then quickly nip into the hole to fill wide open, crying beaks.

With the age-old way that nature works, however, there are a couple of Fork Tailed Drongos lurking very close to the “Nest” patiently waiting for a chance to pinch a baby whilst mom is out shopping! C’est la Vie. Ciao Mike G.

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