For the love of mom

by on May 11, 2012

 

A mother dove feeds her chick by regurgitating breakfast.

Photo by Rainey Shuler.

 

 

Humans may be the only animals who celebrate Mother’s Day. But there’s no doubt that babies of other species are just as attached to their mamas, at least until they grow up. I like to think they also get a warm, fuzzy feeling when they think of the female who risked life and limb to bring them into the world and raise them fit enough to prosper. 

Happy Mother’s Day to California mamas of all feathers and fur, fins and … yes, even those with exoskeletons. 

harbor seal

A harbor seal and pup. Photo by Alan Vernon.

doe

A doe and her fawn. Photo by Dan Suzio.

mallard

Mallard and ducklings. Photo by Ingrid Taylor. 

spider

A wolf spider and her unhatched spiderlings. Photo by Jonathan Bliss. 

whale

A cow and her calf. Photo by Ashala Tylor. 

owl

A great horned owl and her chick. Photo by Lee Aurich.

elk

A tule elk and her fawn. Photo by Lisa Williams. 

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avocet

An avocet (and her hidden chicks). Photo by Michael Yang.  

otter

A sea otter and her pup. Photo by Mike Baird. 

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4 comments:

Erin Barca on May 12th, 2012 at 12:00 am

Nice collection. The pinnipeds are harbor seals.

baynature on May 12th, 2012 at 12:00 am

 Oops. You are definitely right about that. Should be fixed now. Thanks.

Ralphbyrns on June 1st, 2012 at 12:00 am

First picture: Baby doves and pigeons are referred to as squabs. Mature birds have different labels (cocks, hens, and so on.)

baynature on June 1st, 2012 at 12:00 am

Got it on the squab, too!

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