Sunday, 17 June 2012

Nearly-Fledgling Whitethroat

So, a quick trip to Pulborough in rather blustery conditions didn't yield much in the way of birds for us, but luckily we were treated to an adult Whitethroat feeding its very nearly fledged chicks just in front of one of the hides; for a good half an hour. While the shots aren't great, mainly due to some rather mobile nettles that kept getting in the way, I managed to grab a couple of snaps, including one telling the end of a Common Blue Damselfly. From what I could see, it was the male feeding them as it was a particularly bright bird, with the females often being duller in contrast! Whitethroat young take around 12 days to fledge, and from the looks of things these chicks are pretty much there. Perhaps time for a second brood?

Common Whitethroat, Sylvia communis chicks asking to be fed!

Common Whitethroat, Sylvia communis; with food, Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Whitethroat, Sylvia communis fledglings together

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