|Copyright: Sue Rickhuss (snaphappy)
|Date Taken: 2009-06-14|
|Camera: Olympus SP570 UZ|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-06-22 5:33|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|had to get the timing right for this one and had to be quick. not the easiest of images to take well since the nest was high up in somebodies wood pile.|
these are three blackbird chicks reacting to the arrival of the male bird hoping to get what is on offer.
The nest is an untidy cup built by the female from vegetation, such as grass and twigs, and bound together with mud and finer grasses. The nest is usually in a hedge or bush, though they will use shelves in huts and other outbuildings as is here.
The nesting attempts of Blackbirds, and other species that nest in open nests, often end in failure through inexperienced birds deserting the nest, cold weather and predation by cats, crows and birds of prey. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 9 out of 10 nesting attempts end in failure.
The smooth, glossy eggs are light greenish-blue with reddish-brown spots, and approximately 29 mm by 22 mm. The female incubates the eggs by herself. After the young hatch, they are fed by both parents.
Breeding Data Breeding Starts Number Clutches Number Eggs
March 2-3 3-5
Incubation (days) Fledge (days)
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- [2009-06-23 5:04]
Very interesting picture showing these three hungry bird-babies. For sure not easy to make such a shot, but you did well. Good sharpness and prsentation and a very touching document. Thanks a lot