Great Egret, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Lessons from Birds | Sept 2018

Birds Teach Life Lessons

Black-capped Chickadee, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Lessons from Birds

Black-capped Chickadee, Zion National Park

If you observe birds, you will find many useful lessons.

Admittedly, their actions are driven by instinct, rather than by conscious choice.

And yet, they always act in ways that protect their future.

For example, consider how this Black-capped Chickadee eats.

Certainly, this bird needs food to survive.

And it also needs to minimize the effort spent finding food. Otherwise, it would perish from a nutrition deficit.

So how does this bird eat?

In the above photo the bird is pecking at galls on a Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa).

Notable, it eats only a some of the larva in the gall. Then it flies to another plant where it nibbles a bit. And so on.


Because this approach leaves food for this bird (plus other birds) to eat at another time.

You might conclude that this is a form of conservation. By protecting its food source, it’s also protecting its future.

Lesson: Plan for more than one season.

Great Egret, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Lessons from Birds

Great Egret

The Great Egret is a large bird: 39-in (1-m) long, 52 to 57-in (132 to 145-cm) wingspan, and weighing 1.9-lb (.86-kg)

It lands, as you can see in the photo, by spreading its wings and stretching its toes forward.

Compared to smaller birds, this landing is deliberate and delicate. It’s almost like a ballet landing.

Lesson: The larger you are, the more important it is to land with grace.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

Another excellent book: What Birds Want to Tell Us  – Note: Click on the title to see the book.

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    Posted at 19:34h, 25 September

    A fantastic picture. Thank you!. It is fantastic also how many birds teach their chicks to eat certain way. It is like each flock has a culture in within. Then in the same group they do have different manners when eating, hence they do not compete for the same food. One good example ? the oyster catcher, there we have the hammerers and the cutters. Birds are incredible!!

  • Aurelia Navarro
    Posted at 18:57h, 28 September

    I so enjoy and appreciate these rich lessons and beautiful photographs, Steve. Learning the habits and behaviors of our fellow earth dwellers is both humbling and uplifting. I’ll try to do more egret-worthy landings!

  • Nancy L Hoffmann
    Posted at 18:03h, 01 October

    Chickadees do NOT have a 1% attitude!!

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 00:33h, 28 February

    Amazing shots! The chicadees’s beak around the gall. Ever inspiring, Steve. Thank you.

  • Norma Holt
    Posted at 03:45h, 26 March

    Fantastic, thank you, Steve, for your beautiful work. It’s wonderful to see nature at work.

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