Monday, June 13, 2011

What Is It Like To Be a Bird?

As you could see in a previous post, a male adult was slaving away trying to keep up with the offspring’s food demands. The day after I saw a female Great Spotted Woodpecker doing the same with her young one. It was a different individual, because the red patch on the head did not look the same.

Female Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding juvenile (low res png) 2

But this mother had also had enough of it, or rather, thought it appropriate to encourage the youngster to start finding its own food. She bullied it off the branch they both were sitting on, trying to chase it away, so it ended up hanging upside down by its sharp talons for a long while, not knowing what to do.

Bullied juvenile (low res png)

This is often how you can tell the youngest ones apart from the adults, this “lost” behaviour. They can be spotted sitting still for long periods of time, looking bewildered, trying to take it all in. They seem to be thinking hard about what to do next. I can fly, so I must be a bird, but what am I supposed to do all day? I can eat, drink and fly, but then what?

They can look totally lost, but also fluffy and dead cute! Like these young ones, a blue tit and a willow warbler.

Juvenile Blue Tit (low res png) Juvenile Willow Warbler (low res png)


Anonymous said...

Lovely shots. Sure is hard work being a bird though.

swenglishexpat said...

LadyFi - Thank you, it is rather convenient to have that little (dead) tree and shrubs right outside the windows!