Wild-born baby Quaker (left) begs for food from mother at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery. All photos by Steve Baldwin.
People sometimes ask me what's the best season of the year to watch wild Quaker Parrots in the Northeast U.S.A. In some respects, Fall and Winter are better for seeing the parrots, because they form larger flocks, and because they're easier to see and photograph when the trees are bereft of leaves.
But if you want to see young baby Quakers flying, playing, and feeding for the first time, however, there's no better time than Summer. Right now, these fresh youngsters are shaking, quaking, and begging their parents to satisfy their appetites, and they're also beginning to learn the Quaker's main trade (nest-building) and how to forage for food.
Last week, I posted a brief photo-essay on the baby Quakers in Green-Wood Cemetery
. Here's a follow-up with some new photos intended to welcome 2008's new additions to the wild Quaker Parrot flock.
Baby Quakers will keep "quaking" for food until they've been trained to gather food for themselves.
Here, Mom (on right) is teaching baby to eat grass, which is the main diet for wild Quaker Parrots.
Mother bird (center) is kept very busy these days allo-feeding her young (this Mom has two to take care of).
Another shot of Mom Quaker with her two hungry youngsters.
Across the river in Edgewater, NJ, baby Quakers are busy learning how to eat pizza.
Baby Quakers look almost exactly like their full-grown parents when they emerge from the nests. You can spot them by their distinctive begging behavior, slightly different beak shape, and the fact that they look slightly "fresher" than grown-up birds.
Labels: Baby Parrots, Edgewater Parrots, Greenwood-Cemetery Parrots, Photo-Essays