This was a complete surprise. I was busy photographing the young bird as it was sitting in the tree and allowing me to get fairly close, when the mother bird flew in. At first it looked like the two birds were fighting with each other because they looked like they were pecking pretty hard at each other. But when I looked at the photos it was obvious what had taken place. The mother bird was trying to put the insect deep into the baby's mouth.
This is just a little bit less than a full frame shot. I was using my 400mm with a 2x converter and as a result it cropped out a lot of both birds. However, the result is some pretty good detail and focus on the interaction between mother and baby.
Observation: "Baby" might not be the correct term for this young bird, who might be an early teen in human years. The young bird is not flying all that well at this point and obviously can't find food for itself.
A mother's love is unconditional, no matter what the species.
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Indrasish (2943) 2013-07-01 20:09
Great capture with good timing.. Nicely composed and framed.. Superb image quality too..
You did a great job..
Good morning and have a nice week..
psamaddar (1089) 2013-07-02 0:19
Amazing....this is a great capture at the perfect time.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-02 4:48
always like your images as you have a great style and variation in subjects which proves how accomplished you are. Your wild life images are always spot on and this one proves that point. A superb capture that is sharp and so beautifully detailed. I love the diagonal composition and the expressive look in the mother bird's eye. Wonderful imagery!
Regards - Brian.
kasianowak (10209) 2013-07-02 10:10
Great action shot, perfectly timed and framed.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-07-02 11:35
e true wild-daily-life picture. Nice moment captured. Sharp, perfect light, superbly composed... A tough shot but easily presented... Just excellent. Tfs.
AdrianWrobel (1676) 2013-07-02 15:19
Heil, Bardzo sympatyczna scena i troskliwa sytuacja. Pozdrawiam - Adrian
- Copyright: Gregory Wagner (fotoguy22) (4794)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-15
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon 1D MKII N, Canon EF 400MM F2.8 L, Compact Flash 4 GB
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-01 14:36