Thursday, August 13, 2009

Time for some fledgling and nestling photos

June 1st was a banner day for birding. Heidi and I not only visited Shoreline in Mountain View, but we also visited Palo Alto Baylands. And the best part about visiting on the first of June was the number of "baby" birds that were roaming around. Here are a few of the photos I took of the "youngsters" at the Baylands.
Above is a fairly young American Avocet walking around on its own. Mama or Papa was probably watching closely. I think the parent was no more than twenty feet away. Below is another American Avocet with its chick in the mudflats. I would assume the chick was in no danger. Can you imagine how muddy this little one was? I'm glad it wasn't one of my own!
This babe is a black-necked stilt. Again, a parent wasn't too far off.
And here is another parent with its chick. This one didn't really look like it was ready yet to go into the water. These little chicks are so fluffy, and they don't stay that way for long. I'm glad we got to see these little offspring. That was quite a treat.
And here are a couple of cliff swallow nestlings. I'm sure by now they are no longer nestlings or fledglings. I'm fairly certain they are flying around with their folks all over the Baylands.
And, of course, we had to get at least one photo of a mother mallard and her darling little ducklings. This mama had nine ducklings following her.
I have more photos to post from this outing, although these were the only "baby" photos I had. Hopefully, I will post the next set of photos sooner than it took me to post this one!

11 comments:

Amy said...

Awwww! Such sweet baby birds.

Leedra said...

So nice to see the babies. So cute.

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Mary C said...

Thanks, Amy.

Thanks, Leedra.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These young birds are a treat to see.Thanks.
Blessings,Ruth

dAwN said...

What great birds you saw! avocets and stilts are beauties!
Thanks for showing

hee hee..clicked on the swallow photo..what a cutie..or should I say cuties in the mud nest!

Mary C said...

Hi Ruth. Glad you liked seeing them. I would think you would have a few breeding birds in your neck of the woods, especially some birds that I would not get to see nesting.

Thanks, Dawn. Yeah, I just love those cute little swallows. I'm always thrilled when I get the chance to get a couple photos of them, especially the babes.

Ruth said...

We have a large colony of Cliff Swallows near the hospital but with all our rain this year, the river has been too high for me to see them. Most wading birds confuse me. Your Stilt is very distictive though.

Linda in Erie said...

Those baby pictures are adorable! I love the long, long legs on those babies. The swallows are cute as can be!

Mary C said...

Ruth, I hope your autumn will be warm and dry. And hopefully next year you'll get to see the cliff swallows.

Thanks, Linda. I love the cliff swallows. They are so much fun to watch and photograph.

Adam R. Paul said...

Cute photos - always nice to see so many young 'uns about!

animtreebird said...

Very beautiful birds. Nice photos of all of them. :)))

 

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