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Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 24 August 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Clark's nutcracker series
A young Clark's nutcracker waiting to be fed. These are monogamous birds but often nest in colonies. Both parents will incubate the 2-6 eggs for 16-18 days, and after hatching both parents will feed the young for about 20 more days. A mated pair will raise one brood per year.

NIKON D5000 1/500 second F/9.5 ISO 400 202 mm (35mm equiv.)

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Very nice close up of the Nutcracker.

24 Aug 2012 5:28am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Good to see him head on - just a tad 'blown out' along the branch - what do you think ? :-)

24 Aug 2012 6:15am

omid from mashhad, Iran

:) very nice!!!!
so lovely!

24 Aug 2012 6:57am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice catch with his beak open

24 Aug 2012 7:07am

L'angevine from Angers, France

j'aime bien sa petite langue

24 Aug 2012 8:18am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful scene of wild nature. Nice compo and clarity.

24 Aug 2012 8:57am

rick from brisbane, Australia

You are torturing me with a Clark's Nutcracker. I think I saw one in a pine tree, a couple actually, but I didn't see them so well that I could tick them off and so they are still not on my list. I kept telling myself 'but what else could they be?'....nice photos and good close looks!

24 Aug 2012 9:18am

@rick: Three more shots coming, so more torture. ;-)

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Cute photo! The work of parents is endless.

24 Aug 2012 9:24am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a lovely plaintive bundle of fluff. Well caught

24 Aug 2012 9:54am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

So cute! You caught a great pose, Barbara.

24 Aug 2012 10:03am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan


24 Aug 2012 10:09am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture of the expression ! Beautiful !

24 Aug 2012 10:17am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Awwww, poor thing. Hope one of its parents showed up soon after. :-) Wonderful shot, Barbara!

24 Aug 2012 11:23am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a little cutie! I get that feeling sometime too! Well seen and captured Barbara! ;-))

24 Aug 2012 12:30pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

what did he say ?

24 Aug 2012 4:59pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Sweet capture, and vulnerable pose. I like this photo very much.

24 Aug 2012 5:47pm

franz from Baden, Austria

really cute ... babies are like this with every species!!!

24 Aug 2012 6:05pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Super closeup of the youngun' ... great images, Barbara!

24 Aug 2012 6:42pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture of the bird looking in need of some food; beautifully framed and lovely light!

24 Aug 2012 8:28pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

He seems very hungry ... Nice capture of this lovely young "nutcracker" !!! Light and details are just great ...

24 Aug 2012 9:19pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

What a cutie pie! Wonderful image of him!

24 Aug 2012 10:31pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

great gesture. fine capture

24 Aug 2012 11:39pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A "baby" - no matter the species - will ALWAYS noisily ask for food! Very good this closeup!

25 Aug 2012 8:12am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

AWW! SUch a beautiful shot! That little mouth and fluffy breast are endearing.

25 Aug 2012 2:41pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec le bec ouvert rouge quel cpatage sur la branche sueprbe.

26 Aug 2012 6:31am

Joyce from Montana, United States

I neverendingly appreciate zoom lenz captures that put our fleeting and secretive wildlife right in our front room, right in our hands almost intimately. This is cute and a nice comp as always, created just right to bring out the elements that inspired you.

26 Aug 2012 6:53pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Mir gefällt besonders die rosarote Färbung im Inneren des Schnabels !

26 Aug 2012 7:48pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Wonderful capture of the young one...perfect

31 Aug 2012 3:32pm

1/500 second
ISO 400
202 mm (35mm equiv.)