Fueling Flight

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by cita scott

While the baby broad-billed practices for its first solo flight, its mother checks in periodically, bringing it sustenance. Here she's feeding from the nest for the last time, as her first-born prepares to leave its forest of rhaphiolepis leaves for the greater mysteries beyond. The second-born will stay behind for a day or two, still cradled in its nest of twigs, leaves, dried flowers and fur, secured with spider webs. This nest is truly a form of bricolage: construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand (or beak or feet)

Location: Tuson, Az USA


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