Kip’s Comments 6-20-17

Female Eastern Bluebird - Image 448187 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Avian Parenting

The time is upon us when young wildlife is easily seen, especially fledgling birds. Just today I observed young kestrels at the entrance of a nest box, a fledgling bald eagle, young house wrens, and hatchling eastern bluebirds. I know more species are around, like young Canada geese, wood ducks, and eastern kingbirds.

When parent birds are tasked with what appears to be non-stop feeding of the young birds, avian photography can be a little easier than normal. Today I noticed how eastern bluebirds were behaving protectively around their nest box as I mowed the lawn underneath it. All I had to do to photograph the female bird was shut the mower off and point my camera toward her chatter.    

Female Eastern Bluebird:

Female Eastern Bluebird - Image 448187 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Eastern Bluebird – Image 448187 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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