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Food...food!

Coppersmith Barbet chick is nearly ready to leave the nest. Mum and Dad are encouraging it out, by not responding immediately when it cries out for food.

Shot in a dead tree in the 3rd floor recreation garden of my apartment complex in Bangkok.


There is a gallery of photos about this family on my main website.

Food...food!

Coppersmith Barbet chick is nearly ready to leave the nest. Mum and Dad are encouraging it out, by not responding immediately when it cries out for food.

Shot in a dead tree in the 3rd floor recreation garden of my apartment complex in Bangkok.


There is a gallery of photos about this family on my main website.

comments (15)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Mar 2009, 01:32
Ray this is a great angle.good one mate
Ray: Thanks, Vintage. I am pleased you like it.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 17 Mar 2009, 03:31
Is the tree really at that angle or did you rotate it, in any case great shot great presentation
Ray: The tree is at that angle. Barbets favour limbs that are at an angle, as they like to hollow out a nest on the underside of it. Thanks, Zed.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Mar 2009, 05:31
Ray I picture you with that big lense....trying to get that right angle.
Amazing just amazing, even the 'hairs/feather' near the head are so much visisble.
Even the 'desperate' look in the eyes..
Ray: [smile] On this occasion there was not much choice of angle available, as the limb hangs out over a 15 metre drop. The call of the hungry chick does have a sound of desperation built into it, to try to give a "hurry up" to the parents.
Thanks, Astrid.
Unusual angle but makes it quite dramatic.
Ray: Shooting conditions were not good, and choice of angles for the shot were very limited. Still, one tries to make the most of what is available...heh!
This is a fabulous point of view. Really unique!
Ray: I had to be very still, as the chick was programmed to pull back into the nest at the slightest movement.
You have a wonderful apartment!
Ray: The apartment building garden has been a source of many wonderful encounters with Nature.
Superb Ray. A unique point of view!
Ray: Not much choice available to me, Richard, so I just shot what I could...and I was shooting into the sun, which was a bit of a pain.
Nicely caught Ray and the whole story on your link is worth a look as well.
Ray: Thanks, Brian.
I appreciate your interest.
like the perspective
darn harsh background to work with!!
nice one
maestro!!
Cheers
Rob
Ray: Thanks, Rob.
Shooting into the sun is not a great way to capture detail, but sometimes it is that or nothing.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Mar 2009, 15:06
Oh, never I was so close to a young bird! wonderful- fine feathers and such a gentle yellow - yes, hunger- in many countries we know the word, but not the feel to be really hungry, one of our elementary desires- but this chick is really hungry, crying out for food! Interesting your observation about the 'education' methods of the bird parents- the human beans could learn from them!
Ray: The camera has helped me to a much closer interest in the workings of Nature, Philine...it is an unexpected bonus from this new-found hobby.

I spent a number of hours squatting under the tree containing this nest, looking for photo-opportunities, but also observing the behaviour of the Barbet family. Barbets, it seems, have many of the Family situations that exist also for Humans, but it seems likely they are genetically programmed with fewer situations responses than Humans are inclined to work with.

The debate, about whether Humans are genetically programmed or learn as they go, continues on. I am of the view that our "slate" has some sample answers programmed in, but Humans have a more powerful tool for re-programming than most or all of the other animal species with which we share this tiny spec of the Universe that we call "home"

Thanks, as always, for your interesting and thought-provoking response to my images.
My resolution this year is to sit in my garden and point my camera at the feeders on the tree and actually take a bl**dy bird picture tongue
Ray: You could start with the stuffed "Norwegian Blue" from your garage, Bill....then house Sparrows and Homing Pigeons...pretty soon you will have the whole menagerie, and you will hear Mothers tell their children "That's the Bird Man of Twiddleton" in awed tones as they pass by your home on the way to the shops.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Mar 2009, 16:55
An unusual angle and a great shot!
Ray: So pleased you like it, Chris.
A likey !!
Ray: You are very generous, Zebigleb.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Mar 2009, 21:45
The miracle lens worked another wonder.
Ray: It gets a lot of work now that my forearms have been trained up to the task.
What a delight Ray ... richard
Ray: A fine thing to observe, too, Richard.

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