Meet the Fab Four
The photos for this post were shot over the course of several days, of four recently fledged eastern kingbirds and their parents.
I don’t think that I have to do any build up for the photos, so ladies and gentlemen, meet the fab four!
It wasn’t long before one of their parents, I suspect the father, swooped down, and shoved some food down one of the young bird’s throat.
I say that I think that it was the father, as he only took time to look over his shoulder…
…then he was off to find more food for its young.
At one point, one of the young thought that dad was returning…
…but it proved to be a false alarm.
A few minutes later, mom showed up with more food, the young ones sure do pay attention to where the adults are!
I think that the second adult was the mother, as she spent more time looking over all the young ones…
…checked me out thoroughly….
….decided that I didn’t present a threat to her young, then she was off.
So, a day or two later, there they were again.
I didn’t see either of the adults feed the young this time, instead, whenever one of the adults took flight to pluck an insect out of the air, it chattered non-stop to keep the attention of the young on what it was doing. I never saw any of the young go after an insect, but they watched the adults intently.
So, the next day, the fab four had each perched in a small tree by itself.
I shot a few photos of a couple of the young, but there’s no need to put them in this post. I wish that I had been able to catch one of the young in flight, but there was always something in the way that blocked my view. To be honest, I spent more time watching the young kingbirds capturing their own food for the first time than I did trying to shoot photos.
The same was true the next day, I was watching the young kingbirds, when this titmouse distracted me.
I thought that the titmouse was trying to hide from me as it crouched lower on the branch.
But no, it was digging a caterpillar out of the bark of the branch.
One of the fab four tried to trick the titmouse into feeding it…
But, it didn’t work.
Its siblings seemed quite amused by that.
So there you have it, short and sweet this time. 😉
On one hand, I feel bad for not having gotten photos of the kingbirds in flight, but since they are black and white birds, getting a photo of them in flight exposed correctly is hard to do, beside, it really was too much fun watching the young learn to hunt on their own.
Since then, I’ve seen the entire family spread out in the small trees in the field in the park each day, with the adults keeping a watchful eye out for hawks…
… or other predators. I thought it odd that when the hawk flew over, the adult kingbirds didn’t attack it immediately as I’ve often seen them do. They waited until the hawk was moving off, then chased it to attack. Maybe they did that so that the hawk wouldn’t know that the young were around?
Anyway, that’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!