Friday, September 02, 2011

Tough Love

While taking my granddaughter around the zoo the other day, I had fun watching all the wild birds.  Wild birds in large numbers hang out at the zoos since the food is so abundant...seeds and fruit leftover from cages, dropped french fries from the kids, and garbage cans full of interesting foods.  The birds are not intimidated by humans, I am guessing we are just more zoo residents to them.  I wasn't able to take the dozens of interesting behavioral photos that I would have liked to take, since my granddaughter required much of my attention.  But I did get the interaction below from a baby bird (no longer a baby!) begging for food and a mama bird telling him to fly off alright already!!  The zoo if full of food all along the sidewalks, so this fledgling was being super lazy.



10 comments:

Chintan said...

wow the second photo! I went to the park today but couldn't manage to get something this chirpy...

Jenny Woolf said...

Have you ever seen photos of (imposter) young cuckoos being fed - they are so often twice the size of the parents.

Celia said...

Great pictures, I guess even birds are change resistant.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely photos. Can you tell me, what is the small birds name.

Dave King said...

Superb shots. What a great day!

Granny Annie said...

That mama doesn't want her offspring turning into a couch potato. Great shots!

Dave said...

Tabor, its amazing how clueless young fledglings can be. They expect to be run after all the time huh? - Dave

Tabor said...

Bob, I am thinking it is a catbird!

Pauline said...

You do get some great photos!

Glad you made it through Irene with only minor mishaps. We had some minor flooding and school started a day later than planned but all is back to normal now.

Kerri said...

Apparently even bird mommys get overwhelmed by their offspring sometimes :) I love watching our catbirds. They are filled with personality.
Lucky you...sounds like you've been having fun with your grandchildren. We're missing ours!