191. Feed Me!

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The baby starlings in Jarvo's garden are all growing up fast. They are as big, if not bigger, than their parents, they can fly, walk and chew gum. They come and go as they please; frequently on their own. And they can feed themselves. But they won't do this if their parents are with them. For they are extremely manipulative. As manipulative as the young blackbird [photoblog.com] or the little humans that also live at Chez Jarvo. If mum or dad are with them, they like to show just how helpless they aren't by running their poor parents ragged. They have a number of strategies for doing this. Firstly they have a big wide gaping mouth that I'm sure Tinbergen could tell us something about. Secondly, they scream like little babies. And thirdly, they have the habit of fluffing up their feathers in front of their parents to look more chick-like. It's interesting to note that when there are a group of adolscent starlings together they all try to make their coats as flat as possible to make themselves look big and grown up - as soon as an adult arrives though they all revert to dependenant fluffyness.

Feed me!

FEED ME!!!

Come on, come on.

I can see what you had for breakfast.

You only have to put it in my mouth, not my stomach.

Oi, you with the camera, why don't you feed me?

Are here's something, come along, hurry up.

Ha ha, see I can feed myself really, and don't I look grown up with my feathers all brushed back.

This poor little sparrow on the other hand, she doesn't ask for help feeding. She doesn't fly very well, doesn't seem to have any parents and has had a run in with the cat. She spends hours hanging around the garden on her own.

Not to worry, at least she can feed herslef.

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    • # Gillian

      No 6 is excellent. It seems that not only in the human world do youngsters demand feeding at regular intervals!

      2009.05.27 Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Haha....great shots, funny captions and clever commentary! They sound like some human children I know...lol.

      2009.05.26 Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      very very nice!:D
      I can feed them, but i'm afraid of kill them :D:D
      xD
      ;P
      Wonderful shots!
      I loved 6# what a big mouth!:D

      2009.05.26 Reply Cancel

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