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Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning I'm having a diversion from my archive to share with you, what is happening in my garden.

This time of year, the garden is full of birds and occasionally, we get to see the babies.

You may know the robin, which is a bird with a bright red breast and is very conspicuous. Well, the bird in my photograph is a baby robin - not at all like mum or dad; no red breast and definitely not coloured to be noticed. At this time of its life, the robin is patterned to be easily camouflaged in the vegetation.

All the photographs that I will post today are taken through my conservatory window.

I was having breakfast and generally watching the birds flying to and from the bird feeder, when I saw the mum (or dad) robin on the rockery with a huge caterpillar in its beak. I was surprised that the bird didn't fly off to a nest or attempt to eat the food itself. After a moment,the adult robin dropped the caterpillar on the step and immediately the baby robin emerged from the vegetation to devour the tasty morsel.

I have seen parent birds feeding their young but this is the first time I have seen this intermediate stage, where the food is made available but not actually fed to the baby.

I rushed to get my camera, but by the time the lens cap was off and the camera focussed through the window, the caterpillar was gone! The baby stayed for a few more seconds, when I was able to get just a couple of shots before it moved into hiding.

I will add a couple more photographs, all taken through the window.

Have a great day, and thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

dedee, ikeharel, Fis2, jhm, jean113, worldcitizen, COSTANTINO, tyro, PaulVDV, pierrefonds has marked this note useful

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