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Old Aug 24, 2013, 6:25 PM   #1
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Default More Feeder Follies - Aggressive Behavior

Gaping (spreading the bill) and either thrusting to appear threatening or stretching upwards to appear larger is common among birds, but not often seen or noticed as usually it is fast and over quickly. In this case a juvenile is challenging an adult male (possible its father), in an encounter that lasted unusually long, as the adult was unwilling to yield his place.

Dominance displays - challenger and victor

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I've just started taking bird shots, but am finding the actions/interactions as interesting or even more so than just getting a shot of the bird. I really like the story the sequence tells.
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Nice series. Having spent many hrs shooting birds at and around our feeders I can say that some of the best birds for this type of shot are the Pine Siskins. Those little guys are feisty!

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Thanks for the comments.

They start early - here are two fledgelings awaiting their turn at the feeder (taken last year) - one is challenging its father.

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