Friday, 18 September 2015

Pied Learners

A parent Pied Wagtail teaching her immature how to search for food on low grassland.
You can see that the parent has the dishevelled appearance of a bird that has spent much time recently rearing young.


This one looks fed and in good condition already and can stand on one leg as well....


.....as does this one.



They can still be a bit reluctant at times and adopt the sitting position waiting for food to be brought to them, which incidentally didn't happen.





"Look this is how you do it."





20 comments:

  1. You wouldn't have thought that walking around picking up food from the ground would need much detailed instruction. I would however love to know the purpose of spending so much time on slate roofs or tarmac car-parks.

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    1. Something to do with heat radiation perhaps John.

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  2. goed voorbeeld doet goed volgen.

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  3. Wonderful vignette about lazy children being taught to fend for themselves. My parents should have showed me this years ago.

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    1. Thanks.
      Limited table manners Simon.?

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  4. Lovely set of photos Roy, I remember that dishevelled feeling well - Mrs Wagtail has my sympathy:)

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  5. Entertaining series and commentary, Roy!

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  6. Lovely Roy, young birds begging to be fed by their parents even though they are fully grown always makes me smile. I love the Pied Wagtail, I have often wondered what attracts them to car parks, it does seem to be during the winter months. I saw one in Bournemouth flitting in and out of a cake shop, Greggs I think it was, picking up any crumbs off the floor.

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    1. Thanks Lyn. They like the warmth from the car park lights at night and there are usually trees to roost in as well.

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  7. Hello Roy
    Cette série est bien attendrissante et je ne peux qu’aimer.
    Merci

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  8. Hi Roy,
    .. great pictures of the wagtails as they look into the camera is really perfect
    greetings Frank

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  9. I love wagtails.They're fun to watch. :-)

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    1. They are Gunilla, real little characters.

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