Guardian Angel

This is a true story. You may not believe it, but it’s true.
For all birds, leaving the nest is a hazardous time and the bird has to learn fast to avoid predators. The young birds leave the nest and move about on the ground and on low branches for a few days before they can fly. Their parents are nearby and continue to care for the birds, answering their demanding calls with regular deliveries of food. The last two days, Mr. Bowie, a natural born ornithologist, helped Blackbird parents and looked after their little one while they were busy.

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No animals (Blackbirds or cats) were harmed, killed or eaten during the shooting of these photographs. You may not believe it, but it’s true. And they lived happily ever after.

82 responses

    • It’s really unbelievable! I had all the time in the world to take photographs. They kept each other company…

  1. This is just more proof of how awesome Mr. Bowie is!

    Maybe he sensed that the bird was still a baby and wouldn’t be able to defend itself? Who knows, really, but those photos are fantastic. 🙂

    • Echt niet te geloven! De tweede dag zat hij weer gewoon vlakbij een vogeltje… En het gekke is dat hij wel achter de ouders jaagt…

  2. I totally believe it because in my long association with cats,dogs, pet birds, and gardens, I have seen stuff like that happen. We have a lot to learn from animals ! That nose to beak shot is beauty!

    • I remember one of my mother’s cats who liked the company of a magpie.
      I was very lucky to take these pictures and so surprised with the results…

  3. What amazing photos! Unbelievable! I have to admit that Purdey wouldn’t have the same caring attitude. Well done, Mr Bowie! You really are a guardian angel. 🙂

  4. Onvoorstelbaar, wat een foto’s, geweldig…de natuur zit soms toch raar in elkaar. Dikke aai voor Bowie!

  5. That is an incredible story, and the photos should be entered in a contest, they are so remarkable. Mauricio brought in a baby bird from one of the many nests around our yard and gave it to Mom. The bird was unhurt so it was placed under a bush near its nest and its mommy came for it. Mr. Bowie, you deserve an award for watching out for that birdy. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  6. Mr. Bowie did a good deed! This little bird must be about to get airborne, seeing how its feathers appear complete on these pictures. I hope they will remain good friends and the little bird will return to visit you!

  7. That’s a pretty sweet picture, Mr. Bowie. (Might as well get the brownie point for sweetness – not enough of a challenge or a meal in that one. Let me know if you’d like me to send some feral chickens your way!)

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  9. This is beautiful! And I do believe it.
    I once had a friend who rescued many different animals from different situations. Among her many animal friends, she had a pet cat. This cat had a pet mouse who he would cuddle with, play with, and care for. After some time, the pet mouse died of natural causes. The cat became severely depressed, would not eat, and my friend became very worried about him. She bought him a new mouse, which he also cared for and played with. The last I heard, they lived happily ever after.
    I currently have a mother cat who lives under my house, and her three baby kittens. She has for a while attracted many male cats to our house, and for a while our entire home smelled terribly of cat spray. We tend to be tolerant of animals of all kinds, but we began chasing the male cats away, both for her sake (since she is not fixed, and we cannot catch her), and for the sake of our noses. She is too wild for us to become friends with, but we could tell which stray tom in our area fathered the babies, just based on their appearance. After we discovered the babies, we stopped chasing the obvious father away. My usual experience with male cats is either indifferent to his offspring, or even hostile, but this sweet boy is the best of fathers. I have the joy of walking out on my porch to often find mommy and babies lounging in the sun, with sweet daddy guarding his family.
    There are some animals who have an almost human ability to care for those smaller creatures you would ordinarily expect them to be hostile towards.

    • Hi Katie, welcome on HoB! Thanks for your comment. I told my friends the story of the cat and the mouse, that’s so amazing and beautiful…
      Enjoy your time outside on the porch with the cat family!

      PS: I got to chase away the neighbour’s cat too, cat spray on my front door and car…

  10. Found this via Maddy @1_Earth United on Twitter.

    Awwww, my heart is melting. God bless Mr. Bowie and the birdies. 🙂
    Just tweeted too.

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