Every evening at low tide a chattering, whirring flock of Starlings descend down onto the mud flats into the harbour to forage for tasty insects and invertebrates exposed by the retreating water. A few evenings ago the flock were joined by their newly fledged youngsters and I set out to photograph them.
The fledglings are clearly recognised by their drab brown plumage which will gradually be replaced by the more familiar speckled feathers of the adults as they mature.
Whilst they are now almost fully grown and able to find food for themselves, they will continue to be fed by the parents for at least another week before they are fully self reliant.
At this stage the fledglings have huge appetites, and follow their parents around harassing them constantly for food with begging calls and flickering wings.
One mother had an even tougher job with not one, but two hungry chicks to satisfy!
This young Starling eventually decided to find it’s own dinner and was rewarded with this tasty crab.
— All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2016 © http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com
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