大きくなったわね my, how you’ve grown

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「だいぶ大きくなったわね。」
「うん。もう、一人前だもん。」

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50 thoughts on “大きくなったわね my, how you’ve grown

  1. Look at this little one! So grown up, indeed 🙂 Is there any other chick in the nest? I love the way they look at each other. I have noticed that the sea birds do this, and obviously the waterfowl do this too. This most charming picture of motherhood is so perfect! ❤

    • Hello Inese, thank you for your comment ❤
      This is the same "Little grebe family" from my previous posts, and yes, all 5 chicks are doing well! In this shot, the other chicks were swimming with "Papa" grebe, so it was a rare moment between one baby and "Mama" grebe 🙂 As you say, sea & water birds seem to gaze upon each other, and it touches my human heart 😀

    • Thank you, Mabel. I’m happy you could stop by. These birds are “little grebes” – very small, but very spunky water birds. It was a real treat to observe this “parent-chick” moment 🙂

  2. I went back to the earlier photo that showed the adults with several chicks, and this little fellow has had quite a growth spurt. It’s all happening so fast! It’s wonderful when we get to watch wild animals go through their different life stages, Takami.

    • Hello Tanja,
      Yes, it’s the same little grebe/dabchick family! I’m so happy you decided to have another look at the previous photo, that means a lot to me… 🙂
      It is as you say, wildlife has to grow-up so quickly, and it is wonderful and a privilege to be able to witness and document some of these moments. It’s a double treat to say that all 5 chicks are flourishing! Thank you again ❤

    • Thank you for your kind words.
      Yes, there is a little tiny chick looking up at the parent bird 🙂 This is the same “little grebe” (dabchick) family who was featured in an earlier post. They are tiny waterbirds, easily missed if you don’t look for them. Fortunately for this family, there were many local residents who watched them with a quiet but loving eye 🙂

    • Thank you so much. It means a lot❤️
      “…if we would only pay attention” – it’s exactly as you say.

      This Little Grebe family’s nest was tucked at the edge of the pond. As even the adult birds are quite small (about 26cm), their existence is easily “missed” by most people hurrying past…

      Fortunately, many local residents keep a quiet but warm eye on this family. A small moment of genuine humanity…even if only for a moment.

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