Sunday, June 6, 2010

Babies on board


Here's a shot (albeit a dark one) of them still in the house, but they've since left the nest and have been seen practicing their flight techniques across the front yard.

Bird parents work incredibly hard to raise their young. Constant bug-catching / carrying trips to the gaping maws who scream for more, more, more! Then, as the babies grow, after depositing yet another bug into their mouths, the parents squeeze in to scoop out a clump of baby poop with their beaks in an attempt to keep the nest area clean. (Yuck!) Then finally, as they watch their tots take the dive out of the hole for a first wobbly flight, "Just great," they must think. "Now instead of room service we have to provide mobile delivery service for these kids until they learn to catch their own lunch."

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