Cute Chicks – Part 2

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) with Eaglets
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020

In this post, I am sharing some more baby animals: songbirds and raptors.

When photographing, one goal is to make your subject stand out. In 2 photos, I violated that rule, for a purpose. Check out the young Red-shouldered Hawks and the juvenile Western Kingbird. The point of interest, beside the birds themselves, is their marvelous camouflage.

I was fortunate to see this pair of eaglets with one of the adults. In a few weeks, the adults will leave, and the eaglets will be on their own. They will hang around the nesting tree until about October when the adults return and reclaim the nest. If they survive, in about 4 years they will molt into adult colors and be ready to rear their own eaglets.

I found the Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird in our backyard. Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nest of another bird who hatches and rears it. After it fledges, it will find its way back to its own herd of cowbirds. This one must be pleased with the cuisine; it seems in no hurry to leave. (A group of cowbirds can be called a corral or a herd.)

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

Please click on caption to view image at higher resolution.

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) with Young
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
European Starlings (Sturnus Vulgaris) with Young
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) with Eaglets
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020
Juvenile Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Orangevale, CA; JUN 2020

Please visit my website, www.earthwatcher.us to see my collection of landscapes and wildlife.

These and other images are available to purchase by contacting larry.klink@earthwatcher.us.

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