A Baby Bird Learns to Fly

I watched a baby bird learn to fly. I wake early and write at a small table next to a window looking out onto our enclosed front patio. Friday I became aware of a bird hopping and flying about the patio. He seemed frantic as he chirped and called in an agitated manner. I grabbed my camera and took the above photo of him as he took a short rest. At first I thought he was waiting for our front water fountain to come on, but then I noticed a tiny baby bird hiding behind the leg of a bench. The adult flew down and began to attend to the baby.


Below you can see the baby being fed.

Feeding-BabyThe adults continued all day to fly off and return with food. The baby hid and rested while the parents were away, and became more lively whenever it was time to eat.Baby-standing

I took the above photo later in the day, as the baby was slowly gaining strength. Before long, we could differentiate between the voice of the adult bird and the baby’s. Occasionally, the baby would try to fly, but it couldn’t get very high off of the ground. As the sun was setting, the father seemed to be encouraging the baby to fly. It was amazing to watch.The vocal father seemed to be the main caregiver, and we wondered if the mother was perhaps sitting on other babies in the nest. We were tempted to try to box or cage the bird for the night, but decided it was best not to interfere. Eventually, the adult bird left for the night. He must have been exhausted. A few times during the night, I wondered how the little bird was doing alone, and probably cold, in the dark.

I was up early and in my place by the window when the sun rose. Then I heard the voice of the adult bird. He was back calling to his baby. Here you see him on the patio table. He certainly was a dedicated parent!


I didn’t think the little bird, huddled in the far corner of the patio, was still alive. My husband went outside with a long stick and reached it to the very still baby. When its foot was touched, it scurried quickly behind the water fountain. He was alive! We were so happy. The father bird again began feeding the baby. It was heart-warming to see how this wild bird cared for one of its young. I was feeling blessed to be witnessing all of this, yet I still feared for the little bird. My husband eventually placed a few bread crumbs on the patio floor, and the adult bird began to peck at them and call to the baby¬† to come out of hiding. Suddenly it happened. The baby joined the parent out in the open. Next the parent flew to the top of our lattice fence, and the baby took flight and then slipped through an opening in the lattice (photo below).


Suddenly both baby and father flew off together. If I hadn’t looked up exactly when I did, I would have missed this thrilling end to an amazing two days of bird watching.

Another Digital Camera Lesson


Yellow-and-orange-hibiscusYesterday I learned about the iA (Intelligent Auto) setting on my digital camera. Earlier today I took this photo of my neighbor’s hibiscus. I noticed the colorful flower as I turned into our driveway. As usual I had my camera with me, and couldn’t resist using it. The camera was in the auto intelligent mode, so I didn’t have to make any adjustments. before taking the picture. One of the advantages of this setting.

Later I decided to try out some of the other settings available on my Lumix digital. I started with the Sports mode. It’s recommended when taking pictures in bright daylight. This mode has a faster shutter speed to freeze action. I also practiced using the zoom lens.

I enjoy taking photos of wild birds and thought that the Sports mode might be a good choice to capture the action of the birds enjoying their late afternoon visits to the fountains  in our back yard.

Black-PhoebeThis is a Black Phoebe that visits our yard every afternoon.The zoom lens allowed me to take this photo from across the yard.

Bird-on-fountainHere is one of many finches that regularly drink from our fountains.

I’ll continue to read my manual and try different settings. I still have a lot to learn, but I am looking forward to learning. Today I used the Sports setting and the zoom lens, and I got a little more practiced at photographing wild birds in our yard. Having a camera in my hands certainly does make me take a closer look at the amazing world around me.Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.