Sunday, December 13

“Pets Only!” Photo Challenge

This past May I was forced to leave work early due to a blown sacroiliac joint. When my hip started to feel better, I began walking again, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.

One day I was outside, when I noticed this little black thing hopping across my yard. I walked up to it, and saw that it was a baby starling!

I thought it had fallen out of a nest, but when I looked up "how to feed baby starlings" on google, I learned that maturing starlings actually get pushed out of their nest before they have learned to fly. They have to hop around on the ground for up to a week before they master the art of flying, and rejoin their watching parents.

I went back outside, and saw that mommy starling was in the tree above him, watching me and scolding.

So, instead of rescuing a "birdie in distress", I just took pictures and left him alone.





Not exactly a pet, but one of my favourite animal pictures nonetheless!

This week at I Heart Faces, it's all about pets! Or other animals.... so go there to see more pictures, or to play along!

17 comments:

  1. Oh! He does not look happy! What a great shot! I love it!

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  2. I'm so surprised!

    I was all ready for a pic of Brady, or Lucy, or Brady and Lucy... and, it's a starling! :D

    Cute picture, though. :)

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  3. Oh cute photo even if the little bird does not look to happy. I guess you tend to look that way when you have been pushed out of a nest :)

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  4. Hysterical!!! I just love the expression in that little face!!! Great shot!!!

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  5. Great story with a great picture! Thanks for stopping by. I have been chased by big chickens too. I am hoping the egg laying will make up for it!

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  6. Looks like a little grumpy old man... love it!

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  7. Such a great picture! When I was younger a bird fell out of its nest (not a starling) and we raised it in our garage and set it free. It was the neatest thing ever! For a few weeks after we set him free he would fly down and land on our heads if we went outside. I'm sure people thought it was crazy!

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  8. That's so neat! Baby animals (of all kinds!) are so cute!

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  9. Thanks for your comment on my Christmas kitten pic of Miss Penny! I LOVE your bird shot! Very unique opportunity and you educated us as well about starlings! I love the bird's expression. Great capture!

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  10. that is an AWESOME shot! i love the expression- perfect!

    Megan

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  11. Neat picture, Good think that you looked it up before taking the bird into your house. It's neat that you were able to experience that!

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  12. Gotta love the new life that spring brings!

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  13. Oh...look at his baby feathers!! So sweet.

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  14. That's such a cool picture and I enjoyed reading the story behind it! :)

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  15. LOVE the header! :D

    Now, where's the post about Deklan?? :P

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  16. What a great photo, I didn't think birds had such facial expressions! Thanks for stopping by my blog too. Merry Christmas!

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