Singing will get me dinner…right?
Baby crows continue to sing for their dinner this week. However, the parents are now immune to the sound and just let them wait. The little ones are starting to feed themselves but not until everyone ignores them. Then they peck around until they find something that remotely resembles food.
While at the beach today I took a series of photos of this family on a log. I got some good singing baby pictures but when I got home I was surprised. One of the parents is our gimpy crow from MVD I highlighted a few posts ago. http://wp.me/p1d1cX-SB In the photo below check out the bird’s foot on the right. See how it is curled and deformed? That’s my crow!!
I have to confess my better camera’s battery ran out and this series is from my little Canon point & shoot. Then to get the shot at first I had the sun over exposing the family. The next photo was earlier & once I started moving around to get the light better the little camera came through with the picture above. Bird photography is all about shooting the pictures as fast as you can. One never knows when they will spook and fly away. I often go for an over exposed picture like the one below vs no picture at all. No one ever says I took too many pictures… instead we say dang I didn’t take enough.
Back to our singing baby crow — check out how pink his inner mouth is. That is a tell-tale sign of a baby crow. It will turn black when they get older but for now it is a strong visual that he is a baby singing for food.
Gimpy Crow & Singing Baby
Parent on final nerve from crying crow baby
What parent has not got to the point that the child needs to fly from the nest and become an adult. This happens earlier for crow babies than humans. Enjoy the little video showing how the parent is trying to wean the baby but the little one is having nothing of it.
Essence of life shining from Morning Glory
I was shocked when I got home & reviewed my photos to see how these sweet Morning Glorys glow. I believe I have captured their life essence. Everything on this earth has it and this is a rare peek.
This weekend was a minus tide here in the Puget Sound. When I went to my local West Seattle beach I found that it had been turned into a Crow family day. Crow parents had brought their youngsters to the tidal area to learn how to forage for themselves. Ask them how well that was going? Baby crows are begging machines. At this stage they can find a few things but any time a parent gets food they are right there in their face crying for a snack.
More exciting was I spotted one of my gimpy crows with a baby. Nothing has stopped this crow, not even a damaged foot. This particular crow lives up off Marine View Drive and I have seen her there more often than at the beach. When she does show up on the beach and I am feeding the masses she usually gets a bite but is very careful. She is a ballerina on her one leg and lets everyone know around her what she wants. Here is a link to a prior post highlighting her. http://wp.me/p1d1cX-4V
Now the big proof that she can survive with one leg is her little one trailing along at the Beach Family Day. This video not only shows you how she gets around on one leg but just how impish Baby Crows are at this stage in their development.