Photography by Gerry Frederick

Feeding the kids

I had a good spring finding and staking out productive nesting sites. In the Canadian Rockies we are lucky to have an abundant wild bird population. Humans have taken up the responsibility of helping out the western blue birds by placing thousands of nest boxes on fence posts everywhere you look. I am lucky to call the main man involved a good friend of mine. With all those nest boxes it can be tough actually being in position to photograph the parents tending the nest. Most of the time I find myself 200 meters and five nest boxes too far away.

The same can be said for the northern flicker nests. There are hundreds of trees with holes in them but which one has a woodpecker nest in it and will I get the photo I’m looking for. I can tell you that it takes a lot of time and when you get the shot you want all the time and effort is worth it.

Western Blue bird male Western Blue bird flight Father flicker tending the nest Flicker brothers Northern Flicker leaving nest Northern flicker male young flicker calling for lunch

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3 responses

  1. avian101

    Wonderful pictures! 🙂

    July 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  2. Wow Gerry, the time and effort certainly was worth it! Love the photo of the Bluebird in flight and the Flicker photos are amazing. I know how restless they are!

    July 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

  3. Stunning photos

    July 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

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