Asian Koel Chick at Delhi
Asian Koel Chick at Delhi

Is there anyone who does not like to see the babies/chicks of the birds ! They are so cute and lovable that at least I would like to have them on my hand and admire them for their innocence and softness.

Being in the wild for so many years all round the year one can not be away from them as one is definitely going to encounter them during the breeding season.

Indian Grey Hornbill Chick

Sometimes one may see the chick on the roadside as the same would have fallen from the nest when the parents are away in search of the food for them or following the parent they are left behind or they may be thrown out of the nest by the sibling as the theory of survival of the fittest comes into play.

It is very common with brood that one chick takes an early food advantage and grows stronger while another grows weak. Ultimately starve , dies and thrown out of the nest.

Dove Chick at Delhi

It is also observed that the parents and especially may choose to neglect the begging chicks in favour of the larger and healthier one as the same can survive and keep the flag of the specie high .

During my long journey in the wild I have not only seen but also photographed chicks of Peafowl, Asian koel, house Crow ,Grey hornbill, pied crested Cuckoo, Kalij pheasant ,Asian paradise flycatcher ,red vented Bulbul and others.

Khaleej Pheasant Chick
Peahen Chick at Delhi
Babbler Feeding Cuckoo at Delhi

I am sharing the shots of chicks of Asian Koel which I found on the main route in a park and the defensive protection allowed it to move to a safer place. The chick of the Grey hornbill ,who came out of the cavity a few minutes back ,could not be seen after it entered the under growth and parents kept on searching for it. Dove chick also not seen after an hour or so. Peafowl chicks have grown to half of the size of the mother with in a span of about 2 months. The pied crested chick was being fed by the babblers and since the foster parents and the chick were continuously changing the place I could not follow them.

I am sure you would like to see them as I enjoyed clicking them keeping all the ethics of wildlife photography into mind.

About Vinod Goel

He joined Customs & Central Excise service in 1982. As a civil servant, his job takes him to various parts of India, which gave him an opportunity to capture our wild heritage, through his camera. His passion for wildlife photography started in 2004 when he was posted at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and this passion continues till today.