It seems to have been a good year for our local wildlife so far and the following are some of the photographs I have taken of a few new young lives.
Ravens nest early in the year, so firstly here is an image of this year’s Little Orme young one quite well grown but still in the nest at the end of May.
I was lucky enough to catch up with him/her on the summit of the Bryn a few weeks later, now looking extremely fit and handsome in glossy black plumage.
Back to May again. Whilst the Raven was still in the nest, a young Kestrel was already out practising their manoeuvring skills over the rocky cliff at the top of the Little Orme. When I spotted it first I thought I’d been fortunate to spot a bird out hunting, but as I got closer it kept up its position and made no attempt to fly away at my approach. I realised then it was a young bird out honing its skills. It was wonderful to be allowed to watch so closely
The Kestrel disappeared over the headland for a few minutes then reappeared flying out over the sea. As it passed where I stood on the cliff edge it looked in my direction. Perhaps to make sure I was still watching and was suitably impressed.
Still on the Little Orme it was apparent there has been a proliferation of cute baby rabbits this year too:
On the first of July we discovered a Dunnock’s nest in the garden with tiny new chicks with enormous gapes.
Then there was a miniature frog that I just happened to spot struggling through the damp grass on the lawn, possibly heading for nest door’s lovely pond. I caught it in my hand and transferred it to a glass for a few minutes so I could photograph it.
It had no trouble at all climbing to the top of the glass. The froglet was less than an inch (2.5cm) long, but completely perfect.
I didn’t keep it for long before releasing it back where I found it.
Last weekend I sat outside to drink a cup of tea and was kept entertained by a family of House sparrows that had brought their latest brood out for their first outing. The young birds were wobbly and fluttery while trying to perch on twiggy branches of the recently drastically cut privet hedge and still begging their parents for food.
Dad seemed to be on feeding duty, popping back and forth with bits and pieces.
I caught him feeding one of the offspring with something that I’m sure mum would definitely have disapproved of.
I wonder if the hard working parents will get a rest now?
How true! I gave the colour thing some thought afterwards though and realised birds don’t see colour as we do, so he probably just grabbed the biggest bit of whatever it was to save going back again.
Emily Heath said:
Dads are always a sucker for giving sweet treats to the kids!