Sunday, November 6, 2011

Special Juveniles

This post is for Bird Photography Weekly.

It's really nice when you have friends with special birds in their yard and you are invited around to see them. It's even nicer when these friends take photos of special bird events!
Back in July I went and visited the garden of Brian and Sue where there was a pair of Bush Stone-Curlews (Burhinus grallarius). This is one of the photos I took then of one of the birds.
This time Brian and Sue brought photos around to my place so I could see the two very young birds that the parent birds were raising this year. This pair of birds have lived in this garden for a number of years and have raised other young during this time. They are also very used to Brian and Sue working in the garden and coming close to where they are resting during the day. This photo shows a parent bird crouched down on the ground with the two little ones right next to it.
The next moment the bird got up and left the young ones and came toward Brian telling him in unmistakeable terms that he was too close!
He backed off! The parent bird went back to the young ones and peace again descended on the garden!

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos and a great post thanks for sharing.

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  2. such beautiful and unique birds! love their striking eyes! and the babies are adorable in their striped plumage. :)

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  3. how nice! You have some really good friends. I´m glad they take good care of those young ones. .)

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  4. Great story and excellent photos

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  5. Amazing!! Isn;t nature wonderful!

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  6. Such great photos and wonderful that they have these birds nest there year after year!

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  7. Such beautiful fluffy little striped babies! Love the big eyes on the adult. It means business!

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  8. What an amazing encounter and some great photos to boot. I've yet to see a Stone Curlew in real life but I'd certainly like to.

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  9. What amazing captures, I wouldn't want to tangle with that bird.

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  10. Any mother will behave like a lioness when her young are threatened. What a courageous bird.

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  11. What a great shot of the nest! I love the striped babies.

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  12. Wonderful story. Loved the little birds pretending to be invisible, and especially the last shot of the bird defending its youngsters.
    Cheers
    Denis

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