Pencil sketch of a Bird by Ashish Joseph Carvalho

Pencil sketch of a Bird by Ashish Joseph Carvalho

Artist: Ashish Joseph Carvalho, Derebail, Mangalore

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Spring has come here early. And that’s bad news for the geese that breed in mountains. Many nests have failed but this one has not. Three chicks, they are lucky to have made it. Forced in early spring, the parents hastened their migration. They arrived exhausted. She has lost 30 percent of her body weight. But for this family, the biggest challenge is yet to come.

Parents decided to nest at this 400 foot pinnacle. It is the only way to avoid predators. Just a problem. And barnacle geese cannot feed their young in the nest. If the chicks are not fed within 36 hours, they will starve. And these girls won’t be able to fly for another month. Parents are living proof. There is a solution. It just isn’t easy.

Dad leads the way. But the girls are instinctively attached to Mom. Where she goes, they follow her. Incredibly survived. But he is stunned and now dangerously exposed. A girl is gone. Now hope rests in the other two. The back of the needle is a shorter drop. But it is much more difficult to avoid the rocks. For this girl there will be no escape.

The third and last surviving girl. Snow cushions impact but offers no grip. Only about 50 percent of the chicks born on these cliffs manage to get through the first month. With the seasons becoming more unpredictable, fewer chicks will survive. But this girl has at least defied the odds.

Every spring and summer, birds are busy building nests, laying eggs, and feeding their young. But what happens when something goes wrong and you find defenseless and featherless babies on the ground, or a nest that has been torn from a tree? It is a simple process to gather nesting birds and their young. This nightingale nest was felled from a tree in our backyard after a heavy storm. When you find unprotected chicks, be sure to keep your domestic pets.

Curious cats and dogs are a threat to nesting birds. In our case, these nightingale chicks are not fully feathered, and they are not trying to flee aggressively, so we know they are not ready to leave the nest yet. If the nest is still intact and can be reached, simply place the chicks back in the nest. Don’t worry about touching the birds.

It is not true that the smell of your hands causes the nest to be abandoned. If you can’t find the nest, or if it’s out of your reach, you can make a temporary replacement nest. You will need a hanging basket and some natural materials like mulch, leaves or moss. Fill the hanging basket so that the materials reach the edge of the basket. In this way, as the chicks grow and begin to explore their nest, they will not fall between the nest and the walls of the basket.

Make sure to leave room in the middle for the chicks to fit. If you have the nest, place it in the hanging basket. Be sure to fill the gaps with natural materials to stabilize the basket, support the nest, and prevent the chicks from falling into the deep basket as they explore their world. Find a place to hang as close to the original nest as possible and hang the basket on a sturdy hook or branch.

When the parents return, there is a good chance that they will find the new nest, especially if the chicks make a lot of noise. But resist the urge to care for children too closely (or to constantly check chicks). You want adults to feel comfortable doing research, and they can’t do that if you’re constantly looking inside the nest.

Adults may not return immediately, and when they do, they probably won’t stay long. In our case, the adults observed the entire procedure and fed the chick in a few hours. Not all bird species are so daring, so be patient. Trust that your nesting instinct will continue and allow them to do what they do best. They may even have one or two things to say about your job!

A Bird Family Story! A mother bird in search or food for her kids! That’s a baby lizard she is killing. The mother bird feeds her baby. The baby bird swallows the whole lizard. And it almost swallowed it! Food for the other baby too. It’s some kind of a worm.

Look at their eyes they are still closed and they have faith in their mother! this continues for a few days! The mother bird and father bird are in and around… always protecting them! And then the day comes where they have to depart! It’s time for the baby to fly its way! The mother bird and father bird are around the baby to teach it to fly and be independent.

The other baby bird flew away very well but this baby bird is struck in that plant! And seems to struggle to fly. The mother bird and father bird are trying to show the baby how to fly! The baby bird cries and tries a lot to flap its wings! The mother bird and father bird shows it how to flap and where to fly to the next point!

Notice the parents flying from that point to another place to show the baby where to fly! And finally… It flew to the next destination. And this continued… the mother bird kept on taking the baby bird higher and higher! Until it was able to fly on its own!

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Pencil sketch of a Bird by Ashish Joseph Carvalho

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