Above two images, December 2010.
Those are Sunbirds I had noticed this enjoying itself in front of the scooter's mirror. Having seen their curiosity I had wanted to place a mirror there for them. After more than two years I implemented now. But to have some fun with other birds - to see how they react to the mirror at the bird bath itself, which is almost at the open scooter shed.
Red-whishered Bulbuls are regular visitors to the bath. A couple came as usual and noticed this new object, investigated, sat on it and made sure there was no danger from it. Both of them seemed to agree. .
Before splashing, one of them positioned itself right in front of it, on the brim of the bath, spread its wings as it made a peculiar sound a few times. I may interpret this as a pleasure sound, which I had not observed any of these do before! It was now seeing 'another bird'! It was a funny reaction. I could not photograph it.
After the dip-splash, they sit on another twig higher up - which I have also provided - and wriggle the water from their wings.
I will shift the mirror to the wall in the shed where the tailor birds and sunbirds like to go. There are branches of the Holmskioldia shrub which has its feet in the shed and 'limbs' growing outside and through a gap left between the compound and roof of the shed. They like these branches. So I will hang it near here and see what they do. I have also provided a horizontal stick [which can be seen in the picture above] in front of the mirror for them to sit and look at themselves. Let me see.