Skip to comments.Adorable moment baby skimmer bird gives mom a hug after she fed him first
Posted on 01/04/2018 5:13:22 PM PST by mairdie
A baby bird has been caught hugging his mum's beak at just two days old.
The affectionate black skimmer chick was photographed by wildlife fanatic, Thomas Chadwick, 21, from St. Petersburg, Florida, US.
He had been following the nest since before the birds hatched and had watched this chick being bullied by his sibling.
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PING - bird photographs
Yeah. I had that very same reaction.
Great photos, thanks.
There is a very rocky outcropping on my brother’s farm. On that rocky patch is group of owls that I’ve hard called “dog owls” (for inhabiting prairie dog burrows).
This is what they look like>
They are the smallest owls I’ve ever seen.
It takes a lot of patience to get these kind of shots.
And the willingness to have MASSES of photographs that you sift through.
I’ve never seen a live owl. Pretty nifty!
I saw a live owl once. Surprisingly, it was between noon and one, and it was a Great Horned Owl in a redwood tree.
Here in the Southern San Francisco Bay Area, there used to be hundreds of western burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia). The bird has vanished from many counties in the Bay Area. The owl was listed as a Species of Special Concern (a pre-listing category under the Endangered Species Act) by the California Department of Fish and Game in 1979. In 2008, City of Mountain View evicted a pair of burrowing owls so that it could sell a parcel of land to Google to build a hotel at Shoreline Boulevard and Charleston Road. Eviction of the owls is controversial because suitable alternative habitat has vanished due to suburban sprawl. Development continued to encroach on the owls' habitat when, in 2010, the City of Mountain View approved Google's plan to build a 6.9-acre recreational park for its employees, so that they can play tennis, disc golf, shuffleboard and other activities on Google property that is part of the owls' foraging area. Although there were hundreds of burrowing owls in Santa Clara County when monitoring began in the 1980s, in 2011 there were only 35, with three breeding pairs raising ten eggs at Shoreline in 2011 (less than half the number of young in 2003).
It got much worse in 2016 -- there was only one successful breeding pair of nesting owls, the smallest number in the last 18 years. "That's really at the verge of extinction," Kleinhaus said. "We're seeing a lot of disturbance and we think that might be a reason for the decline." While the owls did have four chicks, there were problems. The breeding pair was a mother and son, a bad sign for the population's future.
Why did the population plummet so dramatically? In short, Kleinhaus points to the long history of office development on the bay landfills from Milpitas to Mountain View. NOTE: Google is by FAR the biggest company in that area.
Pinging a few buddies!
Lotsa sweet baby owl pic and more!
Please add me to your ping list. I love what you post.
We all need a break from the news at times.
Agreed. They provide a balance for me from the news I read all day and evening. I’ve been collecting these old links for years, and it’s such fun to go through them again to find ones that work with current articles. Then it’s just this exciting wait for an appropriate current article to show up that will allow these glorious old links to have their day in the sun again. I tried jogging to the pictures, but sharing them is more fun.
SQUEEEEEEAL!! Poor lil skimmer behbeh. It’s hard watching nestlings being bullied by their siblings. Glad the photographer got to see it being fed first and caught the sweet moment afterwards. TOO CUTE!
Loves dem behbeh birdies, especially da owlets!
Fascinating. I learn so much on FR!
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