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Thursday, September 8, 2016

First Steps

Whenever I see an adult bird teaching his/her young bird a skill, I think of Vincent van Gough's painting, "First Steps." A picture of the aforementioned painting can be seen in the first image accompanying this post. I got it from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's web-page, which includes details about the painting.

Meanwhile as for an adult bird teaching his/her young one, I observed a pigeon doing this in May of 2015. Photos two-four (below) taken in my urban (NYC) rooftop garden, show what was happening. As you can see in the second and fourth picture, the adult bird is looking on as his/her little one makes use of his/her wings; and the little one is turning is head — ever so slightly — as if to make sure mom or dad are still watching.

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