Baby crows continue to sing for their dinner this week. However, the parents are now immune to the sound and just let them wait. The little ones are starting to feed themselves but not until everyone ignores them. Then they peck around until they find something that remotely resembles food.
While at the beach today I took a series of photos of this family on a log. I got some good singing baby pictures but when I got home I was surprised. One of the parents is our gimpy crow from MVD I highlighted a few posts ago. http://wp.me/p1d1cX-SB In the photo below check out the bird’s foot on the right. See how it is curled and deformed? That’s my crow!!
I have to confess my better camera’s battery ran out and this series is from my little Canon point & shoot. Then to get the shot at first I had the sun over exposing the family. The next photo was earlier & once I started moving around to get the light better the little camera came through with the picture above. Bird photography is all about shooting the pictures as fast as you can. One never knows when they will spook and fly away. I often go for an over exposed picture like the one below vs no picture at all. No one ever says I took too many pictures… instead we say dang I didn’t take enough.
Back to our singing baby crow — check out how pink his inner mouth is. That is a tell-tale sign of a baby crow. It will turn black when they get older but for now it is a strong visual that he is a baby singing for food.