Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, by Laura Erickson, Marie Read

By Laura Erickson, Marie Read

The intimate lives of established birds as by no means ahead of visible! astonishing, lovely, and beautiful close-up images files the relatives lives of greater than 30 birds, from the 1st music of the relationship male to the 1st flight of the fledglings. You'll locate photographs of the female and male, nest building, the eggs, the oldsters at the nest, nestlings, feeding time, fledglings taking their first jump, and extra. The featured birds comprise songbirds, city birds akin to raptors and pigeons, water birds, and owls, them all universal to North America.

 

 

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Green leg bands identify these individuals as part of a research population. indd 56 12/18/14 10:47 AM TOP At about 40 to 50 days of age, this young Herring Gull, covered with mottled brown plumage, is called a juvenile. For the next four years, each time it molts, its plumage will have a larger proportion of gray and white feathers until it attains adult breeding plumage. FLIGHT PATH Herring Gull chicks leave the nesting territory on their first flight at about 45 to 50 days. At this point, their bodies are fully grown and they’re usually heavier than their parents, though their wings and tail feathers aren’t their full length yet.

This may stimulate the adult to regurgitate food, or it may help younger chicks orient themselves during feeding. FORAGING. Herring Gull chicks at 20–25 days. By this age they have partially developed wing feathers, as well as fully feathered backs and underparts, but their heads retain the natal down and their tail feathers are barely beginning to emerge. Green leg bands identify these individuals as part of a research population. indd 56 12/18/14 10:47 AM TOP At about 40 to 50 days of age, this young Herring Gull, covered with mottled brown plumage, is called a juvenile.

Their nest must be fairly substantial to provide a safe platform for their eggs and then for the nestlings, which remain in the nest for seven to eight weeks and, as fledglings, return to it for feedings for a few weeks more. Flowers are a traditional, romantic gift for human lovers. Great Blue Herons would be more likely to say it with sticks (see page 7). The beautiful interplay between the romantic and the practical infuses their entire courtship. PAIRING UP AND NESTING Herons seem to prefer using nests built in previous years, adding sticks throughout the season.

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