The Babysitter

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird 072116c copy

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird 072116a copy

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird 072116f copy

The Babysitter.
I have heard that this happens, but I have never seen it, much less photographed it. Bluebirds have several sets of young each season. Often while the female is sitting on eggs the male takes care of the youngsters. When the new eggs hatch, I have heard that on occasion the juveniles from the last brood will help with feeding and caring for the newest babies. There are 5 juveniles from the last brood, 2 hang out around Mom most of the time, 3 near Dad. I have seen at least one of the two follow Mom like it was learning. Well yesterday, just after Mom got a beak full of worms, one of the babies flew in and started getting several worms. When it had 3 or 4, it flew off in the direction of the nest box. I went to the other window and watched as it would take worms in to the box, then one time hunted a spider on the ground and took it in as well. I watched as another one of the juveniles joined in as well. I wish I could figure out a place to set up and film as Mom and Dad sit on a perch watching, almost directing the juveniles. A parents job is to teach you the skills to survive and thrive, and these parents are doing just that. It was an incredible sight to see and be witness to, photographing it was a true bonus.
All images were made using the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, various shutter speeds depending on location of subject, Sirui P424S monopod with L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

4 Responses to “The Babysitter”

  1. That’s amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that, but I don’t have a great situation to observe.

  2. That is awesome. Great shots as usual!

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