• Claire Stott

Bad feather day

After my failure to capture photographs of the young Jackdaw a few weeks ago, today my luck had turned and I was able to capture some more successful photographs as the corvid family foraged in and around the harbour slipway under the pleasant morning sunshine.

The adults were busy searching for their breakfast among the washed up seaweed and flotsam, the birds deftly flicking aside the debris with their beaks to get at whatever food may be concealed beneath, such as this tiny crab.

Jackdaw with tiny crab caught in it’s beak


Their chick too was busy mastering this foraging technique, although with rather less skill and precision than the adult birds. Preoccupied with feeding, on this occasion the young bird was not too concerned by me or the camera.

Juvenile jackdaw foraging among seaweed and rocks


Juvenile jackdaw in profile


At this age the youngster is now transitioning from drab brown in colour to its adult plumage and already some glossy blue feathers are visible, pushing their way out from underneath the ragged edges of the juvenile feathers.

This Jackdaw is certainly no beauty just yet but still a very interesting subject, the bright sunlight bringing out it’s now blue eye and a distinctly scruffy coating of feathers.

Looking over the shoulder


Ruffled feathers


Picking up a leaf


Jackdaw fledgling


It’s not just the young jackdaw looking a little rough around the edges, many of the other residents are looking far from their best as they undergo their own moult.

Carrion crow


Pigeon with new feathers erupting from their sheaths


Pigeon losing the iridescent feathers on it’s neck


Scruffy rook


Fledgling pigeon looking rather worse for wear!


— All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2018 © http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com

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