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© Andrea Petersen
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Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

The love of a chipping sparrow mother is so evident in these two sequences that I shot in my diptych, even after her baby has left the nest....She brought him to the bird feeder, fed him and then she taught him how to find his own seeds. He looked a little helpless after she left him there but he soon found his way. The baby looks almost bigger than the mother, but that's because it has fluffier feathers.

What greater thing to carry than a pocket full of love?

Thank you Sonia Adam Murray for the generous spotlight.

30 responses

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (29 Jun 2011):

    Excellent !!!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Jun 2011):


  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    This has to be published!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Such a wonderful photograph and explanation of mother birds teaching their young. I have watched many starlings walking around the yard teaching their "baby bird" how to find worms. The baby is quite often as big as the mother. I love this wonderful photo, Andrea!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Motherhood personified! A sweet capture and wonderful diptych.

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    I love it!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Precious Andrea and so enlightening to us all, thank you!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (30 Jun 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your comments and a special thanks to Sonia for the courtesy of the spotlight.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful captures, Andrea! We could learn about love from the birds. I love to watch the male bluebird take food to his mate when she is laying her eggs. Then they diligently feed and protect their young ones after they are hatched. Our baby bluebirds flew away on Tues.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    AWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is a super shot... great capture....

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (1 Jul 2011):

    You are so great at shooting these birdies, wonderful, as always

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (1 Jul 2011):

    This is such a sweet sweet shot! Excellent!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (1 Jul 2011):

    What a wonderful example of parenthood in the bird world!! Beautifully captured and presented.. I have been watching our woodpeckers feeding their young here, and am always amazed by how tenderly they treat their young..

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (2 Jul 2011):

    wonderful shots!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (2 Jul 2011):

    Adorable images Andrea!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (3 Jul 2011):

    Beautiful, excellent take on the theme, I love it!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (4 Jul 2011):

    How totally SWEET. I love this....

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (25 Aug 2011):


  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (26 Sep 2011):

    so cute! wonderful!

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (29 Jun 2015):

    The process, a right of pasage!

  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   gave props (29 Jun 2015):

    Great entry, Andrea! My vote!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (29 Jun 2015):

    a wonderful shot! voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Jun 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 Jun 2015):


  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (2 Jul 2015):

    Great timing! Well done. Got my vote.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (4 Jul 2015):

    This is so sweet... your timing was perfect ! Voted !

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (14 Jul 2015):

    WoW!!! pretty!!! vote

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (16 Jul 2015):

    So beautiful Andrea! Great entry! Voted!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (18 Jul 2015):

    I love seeing your captures of the bird world and how they teach their young - Gets my vote for sure!!!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (19 Jul 2015):

    Nice, GMV

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