Kip’s Comments 8-6-19

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580897 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Parental Care in the Blink of an Eye

Very early this morning, just as a blanket of heavy fog was burning off the landscape, I had an opportunity to watch as a barn swallow fed one of her young birds. From what I could tell, the other nest mates were able to fend for themselves. Apparently the smallest of the group could fly, sort of, but not well enough to catch insects to feed itself. That was when parent birds swooped in to provide numerous insect morsels to the hungry little bird.     

My camera shoots ten frames per second and the entire feeding process lasted only long enough for three or four frames to capture the parent bird with the younger bird. My math tells me the sharing of nutrition lasts less than one-half second each time the parent bird flies in, feeds the little one, and is gone again in search of another insect.   

Following are images of the young bird being fed by a mature bird. I will also share a picture of the adult bird when it rested on a barbed-wire fence near its offspring. 

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580897 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow – Image 580897 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580901 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow – Image 580901 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580902 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow – Image 580902 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580907 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow – Image 580907 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580908 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow – Image 580908 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580912 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow – Image 580912 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580914 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow – Image 580914 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Barn Swallow on Barbed Wire Fence - Image 581004 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Barn Swallow on Barbed Wire Fence – Image 581004 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Included in the many swallows this morning was this lone cliff swallow.   

Cliff Swallow on Power Line - Image 580959 (© Kip Ladage)

Cliff Swallow on Power Line – Image 580959 (© Kip Ladage)

     

Not only was I able to watch barn swallows feed their young, but I also watched as a hen turkey guided her youngster into cover when a vehicle approached.     

Wild Turkey With Young - Image 581054 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey With Young – Image 581054 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wildflowers enjoyed today were common plant species near pollinator habitat – purple coneflower and prairie coneflower.

Purple Coneflowers in Ditch - Image 581079 (© Kip Ladage)

Purple Coneflowers in Ditch – Image 581079 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Prairie Coneflowers in Ditch - Image 581092 (© Kip Ladage)

Prairie Coneflowers in Ditch – Image 581092 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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