Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Baby Robin Birds: photo montage

Today I'm going to post part 1 of my amazing wildlife photos of lately. See right outside our bedroom window we have a tree where robin birds have decided to make a nest and have their babies. Hooray for spring!

Thanks to Tony's amazing camera equipment, my photography skills and mostly luck I've managed to capture some pretty amazing shots. First up: the birds make their nest.

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This is the incomplete nest. It's still a little messy and not ready for eggs just yet.

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Here is the male (I think) gathering supplies to finish the nest. 

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One of the robins constructing the nest.

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The male (?) sits in the nest to make it the right shape.

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I spy those robin egg blue colored eggs! I wish I could have gotten a better shot here. I got as high as I could. Luckily we have tall window and I shot my camera at almost 8' off the ground. The top of our window is about eye level with this nest. If I stand on top of a tall bar stool I can get some good photos.

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Here is the robin sitting on her eggs. She did this for about a week and a half straight! I would keep checking back and she never left the nest once that I could tell.

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At this point I think the eggs may have hatched. Not sure. In this photo the male (?) brings some food for the other robin who's been sitting on the nest for a long time. "here's a worm I brought you honey for sitting on the nest all week".

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the worm trade off

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the male robin

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The mama robin sat on her nest, and maybe her babies, with her beak open half of the day. Someone was hungry.

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They've hatched!!!!
The chicks are tiny, bald, blind, and kinda ugly, kinda cute. There are two that I can see and these photos are of their first day in the world.

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The male feeds them (or settles them into line... nothing like their first few hours into this world to instill some discipline!) while the female holds on to that piece of grub in her beak for a while.

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Lastly you can barely see the little tuffs of fuzz from the baby robin bird deep inside the nest. Both parents have left them alone for a few minutes.

I've got lots more great photos that'll I'll save until tomorrow. Next up: the babies grow!

2 comments :

  1. Wonderful post! It's great to see life grow before your own eyes.

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  2. These pictures are so much fun! And the baby birds, from what you can see at least, look so cute

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