Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

Last week this robin decided to move:

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/125
ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/125

Out of the nest and into the hedgerow.  I was wondering what made him decide to go.  One of his siblings had left the day before.  It’s hard to tell from the photo above, but here is what he left behind:

ISO 800 f/2.7 1/320 0ev 4.33mm
ISO 800 f/2.7 1/320 0ev 4.33mm

These other two robins would wait an additional day before leaving.  When they went to leave one flew directly to the hedgerow.  The other decided to walk most of the way:

ISO 1000 f/6.3 1/320 0ev 200mm
ISO 1000 f/6.3 1/320 0ev 200mm

Here this last bird is, with an adult on the lookout as it makes it’s way to the hedgerow.  The adult offers up a snack as enticement:

ISO 640 f/6.3 1/160 0ev 195mm
ISO 640 f/6.3 1/160 0ev 195mm

Made it all the way to the hedgerow with a bit of coaxing.

So of the four birds this year, two flew directly and two walked.  I’m not an expert on birds but one difference I noticed was that the birds that walked seemed to have shorter and fewer feathers on their backside.  I was wondering though, given that they seemed to be a be leaving a bit sooner than they should have, what forces compelled them forward.  In past years we have had other hatchlings leave too early for obvious reasons.  One was forced out in a storm.  The other was the surviving member of an attack by a larger bird of prey.  The small bird was taken by it’s parents into the hedgerow at least two days earlier than it would have gone on its own, we suspect that it did survive.

So that is the end of the story for this year’s nest.  Thanks to all of you who followed along.  Let me know what you think of these final pictures.  Feel free to leave a comment below.



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  1. I loved following along. Great photos, you really did well in telling their story this year. The bird in the first photo looks rather sullen-faced. Maybe it’s not too happy of leaving the nest. Bit of a happier ending than last year 🙂


  2. A happy ending . All round and dumpy and all legs … bet they are looking different again now after a few days Amy . Super photo record you have of it all .


  3. the final photo makes the baby bird look so grown up – and then reading your words about it being “end of the story for this year’s nest” well that last photo almost seemed like the talk before leaving for college (well not really, but you know…)


  4. Really enjoyed the robin posts!! We have a robin’s nest close but I can’t get near enough to check out it’s exact location. I’m waiting for the chicks to hatch so I can hear them call… then I’ll attempt a photo shoot or two… 😉


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