Photography by Gerry Frederick

Who makes the best parents

After hundreds of hours of simple observation I think I can narrow it down to just a few; The birds. Not all birds but a few varities of water birds. I’m not a wildlife bioligists and I don’t even know the correct names in some cases. Paying attention to what I’m looking at out on the water I can clearly see who is doing what with thier clildren. In my opinion the Grebes, Loons and Coots are the best parents. They spend the majority of the day light hours feeding their brood. Showing them how to do it and both parents caring for them equally, with very litle break in the activity. I know that other nesting birds do the same. But not all birds get the undivided attention of both parents. And when the nesting time is over they get at best a few days then they are on thier own. This is my basic observation and I’m sure it could be added to by a professional. I see Ospry teaching their babies how to fish with a determined amount of detication. As I say I can only talk about what I see and what I learn by hours of just looking out onto the lake. It also becomes clear that these parents that I think are the best at parenting also create very spoiled off spring. Their babies place high demands on them and they rarely say no. Grebes and Loons will pack their babies on their back for as long as they can before they become just too big to fit. They keep them away from preditors (and photographers) all the while watching to skies for Eagles and Ospry. I watched a Coot chase off a Muscrat with the deterimination of a bouncer. Loons are even more aggresive than that. All in all The spoiled babies of the Grebes, Loons and Coots seam to get the best attention from both their parents, I wonder if they will grow up to be good birds or just spoiled birds that think the world owes them a living.


7 responses

  1. avian101

    Wonderful pictures Gerry! 🙂

    July 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

  2. These are beautiful photos. I always find it touching to see any type of wildlife caring for their young.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  3. i too have followed the common loons this summer, they are great parents and still feeding their young at 11 weeks of age, thanks for sharing MJ

    July 24, 2012 at 7:24 am

  4. Super photos Gerry!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

  5. very informative; I appreciate that! the photos are of excellent quality Gerry; each one of them is good but I think the loon is great!

    July 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

  6. Thank you all. At the risk of stating the obvious I still felt that I needed to post what I thought was interesting from a regular observer. Thanks again.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

  7. Amazing…

    November 13, 2012 at 5:52 am

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