Fueling Fledging #2
Photo and caption by cita scott
The baby broad-bills have grown so much, the nest can no longer easily contain them: wing tips spill over the edge. Here the mother feeds the first-born, who will be the first 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, a tiny suspended gondola, is a form of bricolage: a construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand (or feet or beak).
Location: Tucson, Az. USA