|fledgling practicing patience|
Today's post just has to be the series of photos I took Thursday of a downy woodpecker feeding his chicks, near our bird feeder. This fascinating event was not expected! We have witnessed other fledglings over the years, but never downy woodpeckers. I start with the photo I took first after realizing this activity was going to continue for awhile.
|Dad (Mom?) doing food prep|
|Don't forget I am RIGHT here and hungry!|
|Bon appetit, mon petit|
|Hey, I'm here too!|
In fact, now we are BOTH waiting!
The back story: the experience of doing these photos was enhanced by having my visiting-from-afar 3 1/2 year old granddaughter with me throughout. I may have a few shots here that are not as sharp as I would like but I really loved talking with her about what was happening, in a fledgling sort of way. She is a patient kid, and all the comings and goings kept things interesting for us both. The light happened to be good -- late afternoon clouds -- and the bathroom we were in had a pretty clean window. The glass didn't interfere too much plus it kept our conversations from being intrusive. Of course the birds were mostly focused on food, so they took no notice of us. All in all amazing. I am thankful.