A young kingfisher few minutes after leaving the nest. The plumage and legs of the young kingfisher are duller and the beak shorter than adult’s. In few days it has to learn how to fish, as kingfisher parents only feed their chicks for couple of days after leaving the nest.
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On one foggy morning I was lucky to photograph how common terns were feeding their almost grown-up chicks. But when downloading this picture to my computer I could not believe that it is a real photo. It feels almost like somebody has painted it with watercolors. A delicate moment captured in very soft light.
Autumn is not far. Common cranes are gathering to their traditional sleeping places. I put my tent to one such a wild place already in spring. It is unbelievable experience when a choir of thousands of cranes is making their trumpet sounds around you. Usually I only get to enjoy their sounds as the cranes arrive in dark and leave before dawn when there is not enough light for photography. This time a was lucky and got to take a few shots in the early morning before cranes left.
I’m pleased to announce that this photo was awarded the title “Highlight” in the Asferico 2013 international nature photo competition in animal portrait category. Other awarded photos can be seen on the link below. Overall winner of the competition will be announced on 3rd of May in Italy. http://www.asferico.com/concorso/gallerie/e_galleria2013.htm
Kingfishers decided to make nest to this sandstone wall like they did last year. Fortunate for them as the sandstone wall collapsed during the best breeding season. It remains mystery how the kingfishers knew it coming. Hopefully they will be back next year.
Northern Hawk-Owls (Surnia ulula) are rare in Estonia. There are only 4 known nestings, first one dating back more than 100 years. During winter some birds visit us from northern countries if it gets too cold in their home.
About a month after leaving the nest the young kingfisher is looking almost like adult, but darker chest and legs reveal that it is still a juvenile. Already a master in fishing the young kingfisher focuses on river to find something for the dinner.
Estonia, July 2011